Boston Latin School

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Boston Latin School,

at Boston; opened 1635 as a school for boys; one of the oldest free public schools in the United States. Many famous men attended the school, including five signers of the Declaration of Independence and four presidents of Harvard. In 1972 it became coeducational.


See P. Marson, Breeder of Democracy (1963).

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Originally established to teach Latin, classical literature and religion, today's Boston Latin School offers its 7th-12th grade students courses on current scientific research, popular science and science initiatives.
The Boston Latin school building underwent a complete $20 million renovation between 1988 and 1991 (66) that included the addition of a new gym.
In 1955, I graduated from Boston Latin School and was accepted at Tufts University (Medford, Mass.) engineering school.
Still, call me an old fuddy-duddy, but I think leaving out the Boston Latin School is worse than an oversight.
Admitted to the prestigious Boston Latin school as a seventh grader, he is remembered even today by classmates and teachers as a highly competent student, debater and writer who could be seen reading Foreign Affairs and the Congressional Record during public transportation trips to and from school.
While avoiding the diversity issue, federal judges have struck down affirmative-action plans for magnet schools in the Washington area, at the Boston Latin School and elsewhere as not sufficiently "narrowly tailored." These schools will not be helped by the Court's rulings, which will continue to make even a limited amount of elementary and secondary school desegregation very difficult.
* DONNA-LEE DESTOUCHE of the Boston Latin School was an award winner in the Latin and French national exam, does volunteer work with Teens Against Tobacco and Sisters Reach out to Stop Cancer, and completed the school's college prep curriculum with honors.
In Boston last year, the First Circuit Court of Appeals struck down an affirmative action student admissions policy for the prestigious Boston Latin School.
Last November, a Boston-based appeals court ruled that there was no legal justification for the district's policy of considering race for roughly half the admission slots at Boston Latin School and at other selective schools.
Many others left to matriculate in the prestigious Boston Latin School, a public school in which admissions are determined by competitive examinations.
In a social and cultural climate that prizes "feeling good about yourself" over real accomplishment and self-esteem" over hard work, where "differences" become excuses for mediocrity, and where far too many high school graduates cannot read, Boston Latin School stands out as an anomaly Academically rigorous and intellectually challenging, the 362-year-old educational institution is a meritocracy that rewards achievement and resolutely embraces, even celebrates, the notion that a race is being run, and that some contestants will do better than others.

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