PS 9,Vanderbilt Avenue and Sterling Place

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Miriam Myrna Alexander

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Dec 28, 2009
 

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I went to this junior high school and graduated in 1956. My favorite teacher was the sewing teacher Ms. Mary McCullough. She and I used the old "foot pedal" sewing machine.
Robert Marsh

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I went to this school from 1944 - across the street to 1947. My graduating teacher was Miss Purdy. The principal was Dr. Korey. He died the summer after we graduated. I went to work as a teacher at Richmond Hill HS. His son, Ed Korey was the principal there. Quite a coincidence.
Hugh Zernickow

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Jun 18, 2011
 
Is this bldg. still standing? I graduated from it in 1936.
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Jayar

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Jun 18, 2011
 

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Check the Birds Eye View to see...

http://www.bing.com/maps/#JnE9LlZhbmRlcmJpbHQ...
Ben Taylor

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It's still there!I attended PS9 middle school, at Sterling PL and Vanderbuilt Ave, from 1954 - 1956 until my family moved to Long Island. I loved the proximity to Prospect Park, The Brooklyn Museum, The Brooklyn Botanical Gardens and the Public Library at Grand Army Plaza. Recently I returned to visit and found the building still standing, shockingly looking very much the same as I remember.

It is no longer a school but still retains the name on its front. I has been converted to condos. I was able to go into the assembly yard where we met every morning before classes, and played hand ball against the still standing wall at its rear. A kind maintenance guy allowed me to go inside where I was pleasantly surprised to find little had changed and the Steel and slate rock stairs showing little wear.., this after over 100+ years.

While attending I gave little thought to its history and read the legend for the fist time. Built in the 1800s, shortly after the Civil War, and built to last, which it has done admirably. I was happy it was still there as it enabled me to walk into the past for a brief few moments. it'll probably be there for another 100years.
Desi

Brooklyn, NY

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Hugh Zernickow wrote:
Is this bldg. still standing? I graduated from it in 1936.
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Yes, it is now an apartment building.
Stephan- Steve Steiner

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I Graduated in "57". I had 3 tough teachers: Mr. Block, Shop - Mr. Janis, Gym - & Mr. Langsman, Science. Mrs. DeBell & Mrs. Havercamp were some mighty gifted teachers but too strict. Why were they always "pickin on me"? On Saturdays we climbed the locked gates on Sterling Place to play basket ball in the school yard, when a great shot was made we yelled. Neighbors called police & said we were too noisey. Then "BoZo Irish Cops" chased us & smacked our Butts with their night stick. We got used to being chased & played on weekly. Today if you drive by the damn gates are left open, but imagine if those gates could only talk. Jackie Robinson from the B'klyn Dodgers stopped by to visit when they won the baseball series in "55". He parked that Pink Cadillac right at the entrance for all to see & dream on. Mr. Brown, principal was his buddy. Joe Pepitone graduated from there and played first base for the New York Yankees. His brother Vincent & i walked to school from St. Marks Ave. Yeah man, those were the good old days! E/M: steiner.steve@ymail.com
nancy downes

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i attended PS 9 1955 - 1957 Miss Mary McCullough was my home room teacher. I have to say that PS9 prepared me well for high school and beyond.
Ben Taylor

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Oct 28, 2012
 
Stephan- Steve Steiner wrote:
I Graduated in "57". I had 3 tough teachers: Mr. Block, Shop - Mr. Janis, Gym - & Mr. Langsman, Science. Mrs. DeBell & Mrs. Havercamp were some mighty gifted teachers but too strict. Why were they always "pickin on me"? On Saturdays we climbed the locked gates on Sterling Place to play basket ball in the school yard, when a great shot was made we yelled. Neighbors called police & said we were too noisey. Then "BoZo Irish Cops" chased us & smacked our Butts with their night stick. We got used to being chased & played on weekly. Today if you drive by the damn gates are left open, but imagine if those gates could only talk. Jackie Robinson from the B'klyn Dodgers stopped by to visit when they won the baseball series in "55". He parked that Pink Cadillac right at the entrance for all to see & dream on. Mr. Brown, principal was his buddy. Joe Pepitone graduated from there and played first base for the New York Yankees. His brother Vincent & i walked to school from St. Marks Ave. Yeah man, those were the good old days! E/M: steiner.steve@ymail.com
Mr. Block, good name for the wood shop teacher. I remember asking to claim my project.., a boat, and Mr. Block saying "what makes you think it's yours". I also had Mr Langsom (Langsman?) for Science, and was on the A/V squad, with Carl Towe, run by Mr. Janis. On assembly days we'd race to the assembly hall on the top floor to play the piano together, after setting up the Ampro film projector. Mr. Janis would also beat us all playing Ping-Pong..., so much for Gym. My main teacher was Mrs. Havercamp for 8th grade, but I moved to LI in April of '56 and so never completed PS 9. Sometimes I can't remember what happened yesterday, but my times at PS9 are as if they took place yesterday. Good times!
Ben Taylor

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Oct 28, 2012
 
Does anyone remember the Music teacher, Mr. Garcia, who taught us to smile when reaching to sing high notes..? He claimed smiling made getting there easier.
AL B

Indianapolis, IN

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Oct 30, 2012
 
I went here in 1961..
AL B

Indianapolis, IN

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Oct 30, 2012
 
I remember Mr Garcia....
A Li

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Mar 31, 2013
 
Principal Brown was my grandfather but I never met him. I would be interested to hear stories or descriptions of him (Good or bad).
Jessica M

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Apr 20, 2013
 
Just got back from the movie "42" , about Jackie Robinson. Cried at the inhumanity of the era. I went to P.S. 9 from 1952-1961 and remember his visit to the school. P.S. 9 was known as the "Brotherhood School" due to the diversity, which was unusal for that time. So grateful that Iwas fortunate enough tostart my school career in that wonderful setting. Mrs. Mosley was my 1st, 3rd, and 5th grade teacher. She was the sweetest woman. We all adored her. Mr. Garcia was a wonderful music teacher...then there was Mrs. Curtain ( can't win them all ). Mr. Brown was a kind, gentle man as Principal and I am almost sure that Mrs. Carroll was the Ass't. Fond memories of it all.
hector cintron

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Jun 4, 2013
 
i went to p.s.9 and jackie robinson gave me atrohpie and shook my hand. mr. block was the shop techer.
hector cintron

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Jun 4, 2013
 
i was there jackie came to p.s.9 remember the pool games
hector cintron

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Jun 4, 2013
 
how can i find what date he was there? was it in the news paper?
hector cintron

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Jun 4, 2013
 
i remember mr. block he was agood and caring teacher. the teachers in other school skiped me three grades in one year.?
Gary

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I went to P.S.9 for 2 years in 1954-55 with Joe Pepitone, a long time popular Yankee.I loved the school and remember playing box ball in the schoolyard until just before dark.I lived on 8th Ave and it took those last 10 minutes of light to get home.
Al LoSchiavo

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I graduated from PS 9 in 1950. The principal at the time was Sidney Brown, a great guy who was all for us kids. Many fond memories too many to list.
Some of the old teachers who formed our adolescent years. Mrs Levine, Mr Janis, miss Haverkamp the art teacher, Mr Block who taught wood shop Mr Weitz the home room teacher, and many others whose names have faded in time. It was a great place to grow up in, and a true melting pot.

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