What do Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Bernie Sanders, Chuck Schumer, Andrew Dice Clay, Carole King and my Jewish mother all have in common?
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Several readers got the correct answer, that they all graduated from the same high school. James Madison High School in Brooklyn.
It’s interesting that James Madison high school had so many successful graduates, including several Nobel Prize winners. And it’s just a local neighborhood high school.
Why was the high school so exceptional back in the 1950s and perhaps into the 1960s, but today, of all the high schools in the state of New York, it’s ranked at a dismal 747 (although still better than most public high schools in New York City)?
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Jimi finally has the correct answer:
Same reason City College has 13 Nobel Prize winners. The school was filled with 1st generation American ambitious intelligent Ashkenazi Jews.
After the intelligent Jews became wealthy, they moved out of Brooklyn, leaving only the proles and minorities behind to fill up the public schools.
And the same high school, with the same building and the same teachers, became a below-average school.