Your blogger emailed the following to some class of 1960 members who lived south of Hempstead Turnpike:
Maybe you can fill me in on some things.
What was the dividing line concerning who could go to high school at Division or Memorial? As my classmate Bill Stanley pointed out, it had nothing to do with Hempstead Turnpike. I had assumed that all you southerners had a choice, but that is incorrect.
You all lived south of Hempstead Turnpike, so I wonder if you had an option for the start of high school.
Did any of you attend Division in seventh and/or eighth grade? I know that Don Davidson didn't. Most of the kids in those grades at Division, when it was a junior high in 1954 and 1955, had attended
This is a big puzzle to me, but worth exploring as part of the history of
Ira Selsky replied . . .
It was the 1950s and neither we nor our parents questioned authority. If the School Board said we had to go to Division instead of Memorial, we went.
I went to
The fact that we were always in the “senior” class at Division made up for the trek across Hempstead Turnpike. And it was always a great stopping point at the shopping center.
No choice. Went to
Warren and I can attest to the fact the dividing line in our area was
I just read your blog story, but I can tell you for a fact that Hempstead Turnpike was not a dividing line for Division vs. Memorial. All of the people I am about to mention, lived on the south side of the “Pike”. As for the following friends, here goes: me -
Others who lived south of the “Pike” included Richie Bernhardt, Arnie Katz, Dick Heffernan, Peggy Coe, Don Davidson, Carol Doyle, John Mulligan, Kenny Kemmer, Nellie Ortiz, Warren Zaretsky and Perry Berns. I’m sure I missed some, but you get the idea. I have no idea how they determined who went to what school, but Hempstead Turnpike was not it in our area.
I went to