March 30, 1997
NEW YORK - They have been together for only five months, but the students in the pioneering seventh-grade class at the all-girls public school in East Harlem have already begun to leave their marks on their surroundings.First, the girls complained that their blue polyester uniforms were too itchy, and got the principal to commit to switching to cotton and wool.Then they persuaded school officials to admit boys - but only for a night, for a Valentine's Day social. And soon there will be tryouts for the first school basketball team, created at the girls' insistence.
September 7, 2000
YORK, Pa. -- They took on some of the biggest names in the fiercely competitive world of prep school basketball, and came out on top. They earned college scholarships, some to such big-time programs as Georgia and Nevada-Las Vegas. And even as the Crispus Attucks Eagles collected their championship rings, the school caught the eye of one of the country's best young players. All in the team's first season -- which, it turns out, will almost certainly be its last as a national force. You might think that an inaugural season with so much success would have been a hit in this southern Pennsylvania city, but few in York knew of the team's winning ways.
March 10, 1996
William Carr,95, an educator who brought an international outlook to his 15 years as executive secretary of the National Education Association, died March 1 at a hospice in Denver.A native of England who saw the world as his classroom and the body politic as his class, he spent most of his career with the National Education Association, the group representing teachers, administrators and other school personnel. He was its executive secretary, the chief administrator, from 1952 to 1967.Jean Margaret Maxwell,81, who helped establish the New York School of Social Work at New York University in the 1950s and the San Diego State University School of Social Work in the 1960s, died Feb. 22 at the Casa de Manana retirement community in San Diego.
September 27, 2006
There's a wonderfully tongue-in-cheek painting by American artist Mark Tansey called Triumph of the New York School. In it, Tansey imagines the seismic shift in the art world's center of gravity from Paris to New York that occurred after World War II as an American military victory. In Tansey's whimsical depiction, the generals on both sides are painters and critics -- Picasso, Matisse and Andre Breton for the European modernists; Pollock, de Kooning and Clement Greenberg for the New York School Abstract-Expressionists -- and they're shown in various uniforms arrayed around a field desk near the battlefield as if signing terms of surrender.
March 21, 2002
At the Mitchell Gallery, they don't believe in falling into ruts. In January and February, art lovers came to the intimate museum on the campus of St. John's College to view the elegant, meticulously crafted handiwork of James McNeill Whistler. Now, through April 20, the gallery is playing host to 21 works of modern art in an exhibit titled The New York School and Beyond. Abstract expressionism is the name of the game, and as one views the brash, hyperkinetic slabs of color pushed and pulled onto the canvas by the likes of Jackson Pollock, Hans Hoffman and the rest, the restrained harmony of Whistler seems far off, indeed.
August 19, 2005
Lloyd Meeds, 77, a former gas station operator who sponsored landmark legislation and hobnobbed with presidents during seven terms in the House of Representatives, died of cancer Wednesday night at his Church Creek home in Maryland's Dorchester County. Mr. Meeds represented a district in northwestern Washington State and worked closely with its senators, Henry M. Jackson and Warren G. Magnuson. After his retirement from Congress in 1979, he had a long career as a partner with the Seattle-based law firm of Preston Gates Ellis & Rouvelas Meeds in its branch in the District of Columbia.