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TO THE CLASS OF JUNE 1952:
I have just been reading "A Chance to Livel'-The Story of the Lost Children
of the War by John P. Carroll-Abbing, translated and arranged by Carol Della
Chiesa, who until recently was a language teacher at Lafayette. A copy is in our
library. It is well worth your reading.
I cannot help but think how different is the future before you boys and girls.
What opportunities lie before you in this wonderful land and nation. Are you
going to make full use of them?
I hope and trust that each one of you is clear in mind as to the immediate
task and that you are going forth in the firm resolve that you will do your share
each day to the best of your ability. May your training here at Lafayette lead
you to do so wholeheartedly.
May the friends you have found at Lafayette remain with you in the years
to come and give you strength to meet the trials of life. May you return often to
renew these friendships and to gain new inspiration.
FRED'K WM. OSWALD
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YEARBOOK OF THE SENIOR CLASS
JUNE, 1952 LAFAYETTE HIGH SCHOOL
BENSON AVENUE BROOKLYN, NEW YORK
DR. FREDERICK WILLIAM OSWALD, PRINCIPAL
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The world is always waiting for what wc have to offer-Someone might ask, "What have
you to offer, and what have I to offcr?,' Qur parents and teachers have the wealth of their edu-
cation and their experience, and we as graduates of high school have the ideals and the high stand-
ards that have been set before us. We must offer the best we have, and the other fellow will give us
the best he has. But the best we have is always made out of a part of our very own self, the magic
self that keeps on growing the more we keep on giving it away.
YVhat is our goal? What is the ultimate value of all this learning? The greatest good that will
come of our combined efforts will be in our willingness to understand each other, to be tolerant of
differences between us, and to make of ourselves the best possible American citizens. Only by not
taking the benefits of living in a democracy for granted, by carrying out the duties and responsibili-
ties that evolve from living in a democracy, by cherishing, and preserving the ideals that made this
country great, can we become responsible American citizens. Life in itself must be democratic-the
one realm where one man is but another man's brother. Although his ways may be devious, yet they
must be well-known, soberly judged and richly loved. The sooner this fact becomes an active in-
gredient in the minds of men, the better the life th at awaits us will be. This is what all effort should
lead to . . . this is the ultimate value of the education that we have so gladly absorbed.
Some of us have wistful dreams of the future. Dreaming is a necessity and is the first step in
a long process of achieving our desired goals, whatever they may be. For how could a dream come
true, if it is never dreamed? How could a wish come true if it is never breathed? How could a castle
be built if it is never planned? Dreaming is easy, but the part that is difiicult is making that dream
a reality. It takes courage to do a day's work, but it takes still more courage to continue that day,s
work. Whatever the dream, the wish or the plan, remember it is up to you to achieve it.
The ancedote that Fm about to relate is one to be remembered. Two men not seeing each
other for quite a while stopped and conversed upon meeting one day on the street. When the first
one asked how the other's son was, the reply, "Oh, he's doing very well," was received. "Fine busi-
ness, beautiful home." "Yes," said the first man, "your son was always very lucky." "Isn't it funny,"
replied the other with a smile, "the harder he works the luckier he gets."
It is with a sad heart that we must reluctantly say farewell to the happy days midst these
pleasant surroundings at Lafayette High School. We must leave the halls of learning which have
sheltered us in the past, we must say adieu to friends we have met and learned to love. At such a
time as this words are but vague expressions of the inner thoughts. Words cannot express the depth
of our feelings of regard for the school, teachers and friends, but rather in deeds will we show our
inner hearts as the years go by.
I have often wondered why it is that when this great moment that all of us have longed for
comes along, there is always a sense of sorrow-a tinge of something missing, a feeling of incom-
pleteness mixed with our joy. Perhaps it is because a certain incompleteness belongs to the life of
man. We are unfinished beings in an unfinished universe. The stars are not finished, land and the
waters are not fixed in their boundaries. Nothing is truly completed in this world, so it is with edu-
cation-which should increase as we journey on. We have tasted of this bittersweet fruit of the tree
of life. Let us go onward with its full savour growing keener as we progress.
Now as we leave our beloved high school, each of us will travel differently, for the road is
broader and the horizon wider. Let us all, through each tomorrow as we reach it, keep our best
foot forward, looking back with loving glance toward what we are today, but keeping our hearts
and hopes set on future achievements.
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