2010-01-22 / Letters

Rockaway A Dumping Ground

Dear Editor,

Being a member of one of the first few graduating classes, it is so hard to comprehend what has happened to a High School that has left so many great memories for those attending in the 70s and 80s. The school was state of the art in its facilities and academic offerings.

Students and teachers formed bonds that last to this day, evidenced by Facebook postings and BCHS yahoo group sites. We were proud and still are to say we were Beach Chan nel students and graduates. A city power in every way with sports teams, football, swimming, wrestling and track and field always amongst the top in New York City. A crew team that was so unique, they had to travel far just to find another team to compete against. Oceanog raphy, Marine Biol - ogy, students travelling from all over the city to get accepted. Throw in the general curriculum where we had great, caring teachers and students that wanted to learn. I could go on and on but the point is there was Dol - phin pride. Much the way that those who attended Far Rockaway HS must feel if they attended in the 70s and earlier. (Well, other than those that know Bernie Madoff.)

However, looking back on the situation, and I admit, I have not lived in Rockaway since 1985, everything that has happened should have been ex - pected.

Although I guess it took longer than it could have. Rockaway has always been the dumping ground for NYC. Arverne By The Sea and all the beautiful waterfront condos are a smoke screen for what they have always done to the peninsula. Thank Mayor Lindsay and Commissioner Robert Moses for teaching those in power today about where to dump the gar - bage. From the ‘playground and re - sort capitol of NYC’ to a peninsula of crime ridden housing projects, if you move it as far away from the mainland as you can, everything is going to be fine. Close FRHS and move their garbage into BCHS and see how wonderfully it all mixes. Move the best students into separate small facilities and leave nothing but the bottom of the barrel in the big building and see how easily they become great students.

Once again history has repeated itself and BCHS and Rockaway pay the price of closed minded, sweep it under the rug officials. Good luck John Adams HS. When you receive the bottom from two now defunct Rockaway schools, how long before the gang violence begins, the grades fall and your school is now in the meeting with the same inept, clueless DOE officials.

HOWARD RUDOLPH

BCHS, CLASS OF ‘78

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