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The Document Archive of John Dewey High School

The Experimental High School in Brooklyn New York est. 1969

These articles came from many different sources. Some are from local newspapers, some from the New York Daily News and The New York Times. 

These early articles show how different John Dewey High School was  from traditional high schools and what a revolutionary idea the Dewey Model was. 

 The memories came from various people who felt the need to share their experiences at Dewey and in one instance after 9/11. Paul Friedman was a 1974 graduate of John Dewey High School. He perished when the towers came down on September 11, 2001.

 

Newspaper Articles from local newspapers before opening of John Dewey High School.

High School Awaits September Opening

Experimental High School is Opened in Brooklyn

The Non-Graded HS-A College Obstacle?

Articles about The Protest against the Board of Education Budget Cuts

Article by Mr. Levine: "The John Dewey High School Adventure"

New York Times Articles about Dewey through the early years            NOTES ON PEOPLE
DECENTRALIZED SCHOOLS OFF TO A SMOOTH START
ABOUT NEW YORK: SMART KID ON THE BLOCK
AUSTERE SCHOOL OPENIING
SUMMER PROGRAMS SET FOR THOUSANDS IN THE CITY

Case for School Change (NY Times - August 16, 1971

LEADERS IN STATE REGENTS EXAMINATIONS TAKE HONORS IN STRIDE
CALL FOR A NEW BREED OF SCHOOL LEADER
MARINE BIOLOGY (AND FOR CREDIT) BRINGS OUT THE BEST IN STUDENTS
COOKIE SALES AID THE STUDY OF ECOLOGY
AT JOHN DEWEY H.S., A STUDENT CAN GO AT HIS OWN PACE

Is That You, John Dewey? (Educational Forum, 1973)

JOHN DEWEY PUPILS RAVE OVER FAST FOOD LUNCH
YOUR PLAY HAS BEEN SOLD TO T.V.

HIGH SCHOOL PAPERS TERMED LACKING IN MINORITIES

BROOKLYN HIGH SCHOOL IS MORE LIKE A COLLEGE
UPGRADED SCHOOL IS URGED AS THE ROUTE TO INTEGRATION
STUDENT EDITOR APPEALS MAGAZINE IMPOUNDING
STUDENTS DISPLAY TALENTS AT SPRING FAIR
SCIENCE PRIZE FINALIST IN FAMILY TRADITION
EXPERIMENTAL HIGH SCHOOL OPENS IN BROOKLYN
JOHN DEWEY HIGH SCHOOL: WHAT PRICE REFORM
WE'RE SAYING THE SHACKLES ARE OFF
ANKER ASKS 2.6 BILLION IN RECORD SCHOOL BUDGET
TWO HIGH SCHOOLS EXCHANGE STUDENTS
CITY'S SCHOOLS OPEN AGAIN; SMOOTH AND HECTIC AS USUAL.

High School Student Environmental Activism at John Dewey High School, Brooklyn, New York from “Black, White and Green: High School Student Activism in the Civil Rights and Environmental Movements, 1945 -1975” A doctoral dissertation by Neil Philip Buffett, Stony Brook University

JohnDeweyReprint.pdf 

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SCHOOL'S ENGLISH ELECTIVES FROM SUBLIME TO RIDICULOUS

Marine Bio Articles

MARINE BIOLOGY STUDENTS ATTEMPTING TO CUT POLLUTION

Use of Resource Center (December 18, 1985, by Lawrence Pero)

Overcrowded Times at John Dewey High (Inside Schools, Org.)

Resource Center Guidelines (March 1, 1990, by Lawrence Pero)

What Is This Thing Called Dewey? (Alan Siegel, Eng. Teacher;1996)

School Accountability Status for 2007-2008

Insideschools 2008 (review of JDHS)

School Profile: John Dewey High School (2007-2008)

Memorial Letter written by Joel Stein for Paul Friedman

Len Mednick...memories

MEMORIES

Frank Lewis, entered Dewey in 1970 - post on Facebook in response the question: Did he consider any other schools beside Dewey..like  Stuyvescent?

Frank Lewis 

‎@Hyde - Its funny you should mention Stuyvesant. If Dewey hadn't existed I would have ended up going there. My brother is a graduate (1965) and at the time I was in 9th grade I had a cousin attending there who was looking forward to having me join him on the football team (he was confident I'd make that cut). (I'm typing this in the very room where I decided to go to Dewey...my dining room. I live in my late parents apartment (now co-owned by me and my brother). One day in early 1969 my Mother showed me a newspaper article about John Dewey (after I got an announcement about it at my Junior High School). 

Most of the students in my Junior High school reacted negatively to the anouncement. The typical reaction was "I don't want to be a guinea pig in an experiment". I didn't think much of it either at that point. It wasn't a very attractive presentation.

When my Mother showed me the newspaper article in our Dining room my cousin (from Stuyvesant) was with me. She read it out loud and half way thru the article my cousin shouted: "Shoot! Go to that school! Forget about Stuyvesant!". The article described the Dewey system in detail as well as some of the course offerings which at the time were highly unique and exotic compared to the average NY High School. At that point my cousin was in his 3rd year in Stuyvesant (he started in the 9th grade). Listening to someone who's opinion I highly respected and had already been thru the high school I was going to was the decisive element.

More Memories

Memories about the Marine Bio

Early Memories about Mr. Sol Levine (2nd Principal of John Dewey High School)

Oliver Photos from the 1973 Yearbook


 

 

The Protest. We all piled on a special MTA train, just for us and went straight to the Board of Education building in downtown Brooklyn. Our Principal, Mr. Levine was there as were most of the teachers and students. An amazing time.

Protest Photos from the 1973 Year Book