A Brooklyn School's wall of fame gets crowded with Senators.
James Madison High School, in Brooklyn, N.Y., can now claim three
sitting Senators as alumni. Representative Bernie Sanders of Vermont
became number three when he won a Senate seat last month, joining
Senators Charles E. Schumer of New York and Norm Coleman of Minnesota.
Among the first things you see when you walk through Madison's
doors is a lineup of photos--the school's "Wall of
Distinction," a montage of graduates from Supreme Court Justice
Ruth Bader Ginsburg to the songwriter Carole King. "This is a plain
old neighborhood school," says the principal. "We don't
have a test to get in. And still our kids achieve." Senator Schumer
says that more than anything else, a big school, like Madison
"teaches you street smarts." This is still, the case, says the
principal: "If you come through Brooklyn, you're ready for
anything." --Clyde Haberman (11/10/06)