This past weekend's gathering of alumnae of the great Girls High School (may it rest in peace) proved something:
That graduates of Girls High, which closed in 1968 and was to merge with the current Boys and Girls High School, remain FOREVER YOUNG.
On hand Saturday was 1932 graduate Dorothy Burnham, who spoke of being one of the few blacks in her classes back then.
Ms. Burhnam said something else interesting: that in all her years of grammar school and high school and Brooklyn College, she never had a black instructor. Ms. Burnham went on to a career in biology research.
Among the graduates in attendance, I say proudly, were my own mother, Marian Baker Howell, and her cousin Johanna McFarland, who both graduated in 1944. Both are retired civil servants (my mother from the State Attorney General's Office and Ms. McFarland from the City Police Department).
The reunion was held at Boys and Girls High School on Fulton St.
The President of the Girls High School Alumnae Association is Wilma E. Maynard; Vice President is Eltima Maharaj.
Among the politicians there were State Sen. Velmanette Montgomery, who congratulated the Association on its good works (the luncheon was actually a scholarship raising event), as well as Deputy Brooklyn Borough President Yvonne Graham.
Councilman Al Vann sent a representative who made mention of the glory years when Girls High was in its heyday, at Nostrand Avenue between Macon and Halsey Streets.
The building is a classic. And the school and its graduates embody lots of Bedford-Stuyvesant history.
[The accompanying image here was from a sketch in an 1895 New York Times article, which you may or may not be able to access here. I had a few problems.]