December 3, 2008
As Elizabeth noted, it’s high school admissions season in New York City. The test that determines who gets into the city’s elite high schools happened back in October, and yesterday eighth graders submitted their lists of high school choices.
I wonder how many of today’s students know that only 40 years ago, Stuyvesant High School was boys-only? It wasn’t until 1969, when a young woman named Alice De Rivera successfully sued, that the ultra-competitive school admitted girls. I also wonder where De Rivera ended up. (Brooklyn Tech was the last of the three original exam schools to go coed, in 1972.)