This letter (which I co-signed) appeared in the Sunday New York Times CITY section on 4/25/04. FYI, there is an ongoing thread about the letter in the Q&A section of this website.
FIRST IN WAR, FIRST IN PEACE, BUT NOWHERE IN OUR SCHOOLS
To the Editor:
Re: "Formerly Hughes High" (F.Y.I., April 11), about a Chelsea building once known as Charles Evans Hughes High School: A little browsing on the New York City Department of Education Web site shows that Charles Evans Hughes has esteemed company on the trash heap of posterity.
Incredibly, George Washington, whose troops dodged British musket balls at the Battles of Brooklyn, Kips Bay and Harlem Heights, no longer rates a namesake school in the five boroughs.
Old George Washington High has been split into four new schools. While they are located on something called the George Washington Educational Campus, none bear the first president's name. Lest you think there is a shortage of schools needing names, a search also reveals that six schools are named for the baseball player Roberto Clemente.
~ Barnet Schecter
~ Michael Miscione
Mr. Schecter is the author of "The Battle for New York: The City at the Heart of the American Revolution."