Sunday, October 25, 2009
Rockaway losing Catholic high school
From Interactive Journalism:
I’ve been reeling the past few days after hearing that my alma mater, Stella Maris High School in Rockaway Beach, will be closing in August 2010.
Stella is an interesting little place. It was always a small, intimate school, but now the enrollment is down so low that it can’t remain open. It’s the economy, a sign of the times. But it still baffles me–who, given the opportunity, wouldn’t want to be a Stella girl?
In trying to view this through the lens as an adult (and, I guess now, as a journalist), I have to think practically. It’s a big building functioning at a quarter of it’s capacity. It’s just not practical for it to remain open anymore, but it’s still sad. Stella Maris is right on the boardwalk, overlooking the beach and the ocean. I can remember the view from the windows on one side of the building–all sky and ocean and seagulls. In Mrs. McCrory’s 11th Grade English class we would walk down to the beach to write nature poetry. This is still New York City, too. Who can say they went to school in NYC and still have the opportunity to spend a class writing poetry on the beach?