A 16 year old student, Ralph Cooper, wrote a detailed
description to induce other boys to enroll.
Published in the New-York Tribune on May 30, 1909, it read:
Dear Little Men and Little Women:I would like to tell you about the High School of Commerce, the school to which I go. This school is situated at 65th street, between Broadway and Tenth avenue. Only boys attend this school.In the basement there is a swimming pool and a gymnasium. The first floor contains several classrooms, an auditorium, seating 1,500 boys, and the principal’s office. The other four stories are made up of classrooms and laboratories.There are many boy organizations in “Commerce.” Literary societies, chemistry and camera clubs and others. Seventy teachers make up the faculty.On Friday afternoons there are interesting assemblies, and often prominent men speak. Sometimes plays and debates are given to interest the students.Boys who wish to get a good business training should by all means go to the High School of Commerce.
Seven years later Lou Gehrig was a sports
phenomenon. On June 27, 1927, he was
invited to award letters to the Commerce athletes and to referee the school
track meet. He had no idea what he was
headed for. The New York Times
reported, “Lou Gehrig was rushed at Pelham Bay Park yesterday afternoon. The star first baseman of the New York
Yankees had this experience when 2,500 youngsters from the High School of
Commerce rushed him at the annual field day of the school.” The famous graduate somehow managed to
perform his duties, as well to sign scores of autographs and baseballs.
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