from the "Class Oration" for the Class of 1928, by Arnold Isenberg

"The Latin School! Looking down from the summit of our experience in this institution we are apt to take it all too much for granted. We are apt to look upon our years of study here as the period which must inevitably have been wasted at some preparatory school of one kind or another; upon the school itself as a convenient means provided by the city for the wasting; upon the faculty as a necessary evil; upon our studies themselves as the unavoidable details incidental to preparation for college . . . It is true that these are those, all too may of them, who go through the school with a chief view to the practical value of a Latin School diploma, with notions about the easiest way to get into college, with the strange wish to be considered one of the superhuman geniuses who are supposed to float around these corridors, but I am convinced that a good number at least of those who reach the first class have made the long and often difficult ascent with the earnest hope that the training they receive here, supplemented by additional studies in the future, may bring about a transformation in themselves, an 'enlargement of the spirit,' a broadening of viewpoint, a sharpening of intellect, the inculcation of a liberal, humanitarian tolerance."