Public School 85
Jayar

Bronx, NY

#1 Apr 18, 2009
Public School No. 85, Evergreen ave & Eldert St
Bill Mahan

United States

#2 Aug 26, 2009
Jayar wrote:
Public School No. 85, Evergreen ave & Eldert St
Went to PS 85/Halsey JHS from 9/53 to 6/55. It was a major influence on my life, one I can still relate to almost 55 years later. I remember Frank Marino punching the ball over the right field roof or the left field fence almost at will. and I remember my classmate Barbara Roach starring as the lead in Oklahoma and Carousel. Every boy in our class had a crush on her. It was a great school in many ways besides its good academics. Poor neighborhoods and the melting pot were a wonderful place to recognize one's american heritage and develop the values of a lifetime. Schools, parents, places of worship and candy stores had a lot to do with it too.
Bill

West Palm Beach, FL

#3 Mar 12, 2010
Bill Mahan wrote:
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Went to PS 85/Halsey JHS from 9/53 to 6/55. It was a major influence on my life, one I can still relate to almost 55 years later. I remember Frank Marino punching the ball over the right field roof or the left field fence almost at will. and I remember my classmate Barbara Roach starring as the lead in Oklahoma and Carousel. Every boy in our class had a crush on her. It was a great school in many ways besides its good academics. Poor neighborhoods and the melting pot were a wonderful place to recognize one's american heritage and develop the values of a lifetime. Schools, parents, places of worship and candy stores had a lot to do with it too.
Did you ever locate Barbara Roach? We dated for a while in 1956. What a lovely girl she was.
bill mahan

Hempstead, NY

#4 Mar 14, 2010
Bill wrote:
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Did you ever locate Barbara Roach? We dated for a while in 1956. What a lovely girl she was.
Unfortunately I have not been able to locate her. a friend said that there was a Barbara roach that passed away in the mid-west who would have been the same general age, but I have nothing else to go on.
alan smith was in our class, and he, too was Black. We always thought they should be a couple, but Barbara and he never seemed to go beyond being fgood friends. for a while she was linked with donald washington in another class, but after JHS, I lost total contact with her. Her warm and gentle nature and her open friendliness with everyone made it impossible for any of us to accept a racial divide of any sort. Only when I was in my forties did I realize how much she had influenced me--and most likely others--back then. We all have such figures in our lives, but rarely are they junior high girls. I only wish I could thank her.
Halsey and later FKLane were schools that took a multiethnic student body and prepared it for adult life in a melting pot USA. If only there were more of that today.
Kenneth Brown

Bradenton, FL

#5 Feb 15, 2013
I remember many a day growing up in the early 50's and living at 592 Central Ave. going to, first P.S. 113 then on to P.S. 85. The one thing I remember about P.S. 85 was the fact that we had so many shop's to go to. Wood shop, print shop, etc, etc. I guess after the great time's I had there 60 years ago brings back great memories. Now I am retired from the Air Force and the Post Office in Sarasota, Florida. Thank you Brooklyn and all you stand for. [email protected]
joe mack

Woodbridge, VA

#6 Jul 4, 2013
I remember playing stick ball,softball, lefty on the bounce at ps85.
I went to 14 holy martyrs catholic school and lived at 576 central ave.
great times.
Smokin Joe

Bronx, NY

#7 Jul 4, 2013
569 Central Ave

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Richard Hawran

Hawley, PA

#8 Jun 18, 2014
I grew up on Eldert, 305 to be exact, and went to 85 after PS 106. I think my first year was around 57. Great school and great memories. I can still tell stories of my friends, Roy Webb, Richard Ludwick, and the girls Rosemarie and Mary Lou Richards.
Sharon Delaini

Savannah, GA

#9 Mar 19, 2015
My grandmother, Bertha Reif, who was the new year's baby 1900 in NYC, graduated from PS85 in 1914. So nice to look at this photo and at her framed 8th grade diploma, hanging above my computer, to really get a sense of connection. Thanks for posting it.
LAWRENCE GARFINKEL

Patchogue, NY

#10 Jan 17, 2016
AROUND 1945 AND 1946... I WAS AT HALSEY JHS 85.. PRINCIPAL WAS STELLA SWEETING, WHO DEVISED THE 100 SPELLING DEMONS... VICE PRINCIPAL HENRY ANTELL....MISS PELAGRINO FOR ENGLISH..MISS HIRSHON, MISS BROWN FOR DANCING....PRETTY MISS BEISNER FOR LATIN..
CLASSMATES WITH HAYNES WHO BECAME ASST SECRETARY OF STATE....CLASSMATE WAS JACK DONOVAN ( WE BOTH TOOK TESTS AND WENT TO SCHOOL OF INDUSTRIAL ARTS IN MANHATTAN AND NEVER WENT TO 9TH GRADE AT JHS 85....
LARRY GARFINKEL, MERRICK, NY AND LIU=POST

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