[As seen in the Cyber Quote, this article appeared in the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle when I was the Make City Schools Better blogger]
• November 9, 2014
As I crisscross the District, one of my keener pleasures is discovering the rich history within our schools. Among the many historical treasures, perhaps the most powerful are the plaques and memorials honoring RCSD students and graduates who gave their lives in four American wars: World War One, World War Two, Korea and Vietnam.
The WWI plaque from East is particularly poignant as it includes David Hochstein, the violin virtuoso who was killed in the Argonne in October 1918 and for whom the Hochstein School of Music is named.
The marble World War Two memorial at Franklin is perhaps the most impressive.
Although the old Madison on Genesee Street was torn down, the plaques remain.
Two schools, Madison And East, have plaques from the Vietnam War.
At three, East has the most plaques.
Wilson has the only wooden plaque.
I was surprised that several of the older schools do not display plaques: Charlotte, Jefferson and Monroe. If you know of any more plaques please let me know. I did see one deep in the basement at Marshall, but I tried to find it again, construction had started on the campus. So now, the plaque is lost to the ages.