Interview with Tracy Amalfitano

So, paint us a picture of what the relationship of South Boston as a community to public schools was. What function did public schools serve and who went to the public schools?


Ah, I think a lot of people from South Boston, ah, long before desegregation, ah, sent their children to the parochial schools whether in South Boston or, or outside South Boston, Boston College High School, Dom Bosco, man--many other schools, so that, ah, historically, there has been many students who have attended parochial schools. I think many of, ah, the students who attended, for example, South Boston High School, became a very important part of their lives when they played football, played in the band, ah, attended proms. It, it was a focal point and it was, it was for many, not all, but many, the high point of their educational career. And I think, I think maybe we, we tend to forget that, so that when desegregation began, ah, there was no more, say neighborhood school, if you will. And where would the focus be at that point if it was, you know, say, scattered around the city. Ah, and I think a lot of people reacted to that.