The Bronx High School of Science Turns 75 and Celebrates with a Gala at Waldorf-Astoria
On Saturday, while cinephiles were busy with Tribeca Film Festival related activities, this girl got her big lady shoes and an all purpose cocktail dress an headed to the Waldorf-Astoria. I joined a slew of highly educated types at the 75th Anniversary Gala for The Bronx High School of Science, one of the nations top public schools. The highly competitive school (there’s a nerve racking testing involved where you’re cramped into a room for admittance) has produced Nobel Laureates, politicians, judges, musicians, writers, and even actors, and countless others, many of whom were in attendance at the gala.
In addition to celebrating the diamond jubilee and gathering alumni the gala, which included a rousing performance from high school’s band and speeches from the alumni, raised $1 million. The funds will support the schools including special programs, buying equipment and other improvements.
Alumni in attendance included Dominic Chianese, E.L Doctw, Jon Favreau, Jeff Greenfield, Congresswoman Nita Lowey, Dr. George Yancopoulos (National Medal of Science Winner), Andrew Lo, PhD (Director, MIT Laboratory for Financial Engineering), Richard Price (novelist and screenwriter), Daniel Libeskind (Master Plan Architect of the Freedom Tower), NYC Comptroller, John C. Liu, Majora Carter (urban revitalization strategist and 2005 MacArthur Genius Award Winner), David Saperstein (writer), Tony Marx (President and CEO of the New York Public), Dr. Laurence R. Young (Apollo Program Professor of Astronautics & Professor of Health and Technology, MIT) along with co-chairs: Peter Klein ’83, Leonard Lauder ’50, Richard Menschel ’52, Robert Menschel ’47 and Sajal K. Srivastava ’93.