Oct. 26, 2007
How can I begin my reflection of the precious years at DWC HS from 1970 to 1974.? Well, the journey from these years has been long, but you never forget your roots. This past year, I have been working as a consultant at a university with one of the key two or three linebackers from the notorious arch-rival Evander Childs High School. Actually, Gary Rushin and I have been good friends, and it has been providence for many reasons why we contact each other regularly contrasting the intense rival during the Fall 1973 season when DWC tied against Evander Childs 22-22, and subsequently wound up tied for first place in the Bronx-Manhattan football division of the PSAL. I missed Mr. Prez immensely, and discovered his passing only a couple of months ago this summer. Mr. Prez has been gone of at least two years now. In her book the Good High School, Sarah Lawrence Lightfoot accurately reported in her book the stature of Mr. Prez when describing his Hall of Fame Physical Education department Ė what a department of amazing talent!
I looked at the Hall of Fame of attendees that enrolled in DWCHS throughout the decade of the 20th century, and am stunned that a high-school could have such an impenetrable legacy. I missed the all-boys nature of the high-school, and hope that experiments with single-sex schools resurface in the municipality of New York.
Well, my greatest human friend passed away this summer, namely my precious mom. She was so proud of me attending and graduating DWC HS. She was particularly proud of my involvement in football, and my focus academically notwithstanding the turbulent period in the Bronx during the early 1970s.
Itís late now. But I would like fellow Clintonians to know that my research at TC-Columbia University culminated in a sparking a recent policy change in school funding so that kids in my alma-mater would always receive the support that they deserve. And although the City of New York may never thank me for the long years from 1997 to 2003, just being a Clinton man is thanks enough.
In our Lordís wonderful grace, I close my thoughts.
Tyrone Bynoe, Ed.D., BA., MA, MS Ed, and 2nd MA
Clinton graduate í74 and Varsity QB with last season in 1973.