from "The Oldest School in America" an Oration by Phillips Brooks, 1885

"The little Puritan of the seventeenth century and the little Rationalist of the nineteenth look each other in the face, and understand each other better because they are both pupils of the Latin School . . . Who is to say that in the school's unity of life the boys of the centuries to be, the boys who will learn strange lessons, play strange games, and ask strange questions in 1985, are not in some way present already as companions and as influences to the boys who are to-day standing on the narrow line of the present between the great expanses of the past and the future."