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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • CARNIVAL OF THE ARTS, 1937

Three friends supporting WWII

Three friends supporting WWII

Close friends from the 1942 class of Isaac E. Young High School in New Rochelle, New York. Robert McKenna, Richard Thoren and Manvel Schauffler prepared to support the WWII effort early in 1944.

Bob fought with an armored division in Europe, Dick worked in a defense plant machining engine components for the Army Air Force, and Schauff served on landing craft during invasions in the Pacific.

Later in life Bob was a professional engineer involved in constructing power plants, Dick died soon after the war of rheumatic fever, and Schauff became a renowned educator of children as a teacher and administrator.

Brief IEY WWII history

IEY became a high school in 1939, along with Albert Leonard school (the latter school was located on North Av. and is today's City Hall, believe it or not.)So at one time, NR had three high schools in operation. In '39, IEY kids who ordinarily would have gone to NRHS, stayed at Young and they formed the school's first graduating class of '42. The last graduating class was in '49, when the school system reverted back to only NRHS and then IEY and AL became junior high schools for a while before once again becoming what you remember as your middle school.The war years (41-45) were tough but it drew those classes extremely close to each other. In fact, in 2000 there took place an "All-Class" IEY reunion at the Greentree Country Club of all the eight graduating classes. The war years, of course, brought tragedy to the school as word regularly began to be received of former school mates who had lost their lives. They died so that the country and you and me could live on to tell the tale.

IEY

Wow. I had no idea IEY was a high school back in the 40s, speaking as an alumna. I was quite surprised to see the name of Isaac Young in my Shorpy feed. It was a middle school (6-8th grade) by the time I was there! (Early 90s.) Great image, especially the cute sailor.

 
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