Sad News for Rice High School

Graduation Day for Harlem’s Rice High School last week was bittersweet; the all-boys high school is closing at the end of this school year after 70 years of service. Although celebrated for its basketball team, the school is also well-known for sending 100% of its graduating seniors to college. (For a detailed look at the great work done by Rice’s faculty and leaders, see Patrick McCloskey’s The Street Stops Here.)

Over the past twelve years, many New York City CSF Scholars have gone on to attend Rice, including Hansel López, who you can read about in our annual report. Hansel went from Rice to Cornell University and is now embarking on a marketing career. His younger brother, José, is just finishing up 11th grade at Rice.

For more on Rice’s closing and the larger problem of funding and sustaining inner-city private schools, read Samuel G. Freedman’s recent column in the New York Times.

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