Shanghai Jim (shanghai_jim) wrote in little_details,
Shanghai Jim

High school education in New York City in 1900

When: 1890-1900
Where: New York City, New York, USA

Here's a truly little detail I need (it probably amounts to thirty words in a 30,000-word story, scattered throughout, but it's important to the plot). Where would a sixteen-year-old boy, the son of a working-class Jewish family, go to school in New York City in 1899/1900? He's smart and what we would call today a nerd, and his parents have high hopes he'll become a doctor or a lawyer.

The family lives on Broome Street in the Lower East Side.

Searched: "public education history", "public education New York", "high school history US", etc. Mostly I get answers far too in-depth, or far too broad in scope, for this little detail.

eta: may not be first-generation immigrants, come to think of it.
Tags: usa: education: high school, usa: new york: new york city

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