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[Susan notes: I commend the courage and the sentiment of this letter. . . though it's good to note that one of graduates honored as "distinguished" is Bryan Reynolds, ’83. At Scarsdale, he was a classic delinquent. He eked out a D average, skipping more than 90 days one year because he preferred racing motorcycles. After barely graduating, he bounced around, finally attending community college in California. Eventually, he became academically engaged, earning a master’s degree and a Ph.D. from Harvard. Now he heads doctoral studies in drama and theater at the University of California at Irvine. He asked to speak to the “disaffected” students.]

Published in New York Times
12/10/2006

To the editor

Re “Honoring Those Who Once Walked the Halls,” by Kate Stone Lombardi (column, Dec. 3):



Do Scarsdale High School students really need a hall of fame?



I am a graduate of the Scarsdale Alternative High School (class of ’79), and I have always considered myself fortunate to have escaped (albeit only to a building on the other side of the playing fields) from the social and academic pressures of Scarsdale High School.



Granted, attitudes may have changed in the 27 years since I left, but I can’t imagine that students in Scarsdale today need to be reminded of the fame and fortune that await them simply by virtue of their auspicious residence.



So, for what it’s worth, here’s my suggestion for a hall that might better serve students in privileged communities like Scarsdale. I call it “Hall of Humble Pie,” and I would recommend a good, healthy slice served up on a daily basis.





Charlotte Kinstlinger Adamis


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