Karl R. Josker
The Schools Of Buffalo
> PS 54
Karl R. Josker
2334 Main St. Buffalo
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© 2007 by Karl R. Josker
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krompass i remember you my name is mike harmon we lived on crescent ave we all were in love with miss m god along time ago
There's something very haunting about school 54. It would be cool to have a video to catch all the changes in the sky. The street behind the school is lower, so all you ever see over the school is tree tops and sky.
Albert Mark Krompass
I too went to PS #54 where I first attended in 1960, this is not the same building of course. I have nothing but great memories of this school. I think that even though I've been very happily married the last 30 years that I'm still in love with my 4th grade teacher Mrs. Moncarsch. The spelling is wrong I'm sure, but I sure loved her as a kid.It is great to look at my old home.I've been in Houston Texas 30 years and I truly love Houston. Ntot as much as my "hometown though".Larry how do you remember this stuff????
Boy, it's tough to keep the typos out of these comments! Larry's last name is spelled with a "c" in it: Marschall.
I attended PS #54 from September 1957 through June 1959, Grades Seven and Eight. In the summer of 1957, our family moved from the West Side to the Central Park area, so I had to switch from PS #16 to #54. In those grades, we no longer had a single teacher for all subjects, but instead filed from room to room as needed, changing teachers throughout the day. My homeroom teacher in Grade Seven was Miss Adcock, my homeroom teacher in Grade Eight was Mabell Kimball. In Grade Seven I also had Mrs. Raymond for English; Miss Kimball taught math, and Miss Adcock taught science and social studies. In Grade Eight we had the same teachers for those subjects, except for science, for which we had newcomer Charles A. Parlato ("CAP"). I believe he was the first male teacher I ever had, except for gym and shop classes. I can't remember the names of my numerous gym and music teachers at PS #54, whom we students must have driven crazy with our misbehavior in their classes. I think one music teacher was a Miss Palmatier, and another was a Miss Bollinger. For shop both years we had Richard Fisher.
In Seventh Grade the principal was Inez Parker, and in Eighth Grade the new principal was Matthew J. Duggan. Mr. Duggan used to whack us in the ass with his belt from time to time to keep us in line. I doubt he could get away with that now, although I think it was just what we needed.
The PS #54 building in the photo is not the building I attended. I attended the "old" PS #54, a large, three-story-plus-basement brick building in the old Buffalo-school style that was demolished a few years after I graduated and replaced by the more modern-looking building seen here. The old PS #54 used to really dominate the intersection of Main and Leroy Streets.
One of PS #54's better-known graduates was Laurence A. "Larry" Marshall, who was a year ahead of me. Mrs. Raymond was always holding him up to us as a shining example of a smart and scholarly student. He was his class valedictorian in 1958, and when he graduated four years later from Bennett High School, he was valedictorian there, too. His pal Michael Ferber graduated with him from PS #54 as salutatorian, and four years later was also salutatorian at Bennett. In time, Larry became a chaired professor of astronomy at Gettysburg College in Pennsylvania, whence among other things he presently writes the book review column for Natural History magazine. (Indeed, today [10/15/07] I received my subscription copy, the November 2007 issue, and he has written a bit about his Buffalo roots in his column.) Michael Ferber went on to become one of the anarchist anti-war, anti-draft protesters arrested along with Benjamin Spock in the late 1960s or early 1970s, and a fugitive. I have no idea where he is today, though I imagine he eventually was given amnesty. Small world!
After graduating from PS #54, I went on to Bennett as well.