Interview with Phyllis Ellison

What was your reaction and your mother's when you first learned that you were assigned to Southie?


When I first learned that I was assigned to South Boston High, I didn't know anything about South Boston High School. I didn't know what I was actually going into. My mother's reaction was she didn't want me to attend South Boston High School and she preferred that I go to a Catholic school. But I, I told her at that time that my, all my friends were assigned to South Boston High School, of the area in which I lived and that I wanted to go through school with my friends and so she told me that if, ah, I didn't go to South Boston High School, I could go to South Boston High School, ah, or the Catholic school, so she just let, I would quit, oh golly.


That's OK. Cut.