If Bernie Were to Win, His High School Would Rule

Brooklyn's James Madison High would be represented in all 3 government branches

From left, Charles Schumer, Ruth Bader (Ginsberg) and Bernard Sanders. (Photos courtesy of James Madison High School)
From left, Charles Schumer, Ruth Bader (Ginsberg) and Bernard Sanders. (Photos courtesy of James Madison High School)
Posted April 3, 2016 at 10:34am

If all goes in Bernie Sanders’ way in November, one New York City high school would be represented by all three branches of government. Brooklyn’s James Madison High is where White House hopeful Sanders, Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Sen. Charles E. Schumer graduated.  

All three are on the liberal spectrum, all three are Jewish and all three graduated within a 17-year span of each other — Ginsburg in 1950, Sanders in ’59 and Schumer in ’67.  

Schumer is presumably the next in line to replace retiring Harry Reid, D-Nev., as the top Senate Democrat. That means the New York lawmaker could become majority leader if his party retakes the chamber this fall. So, the president, the top man in the Senate and a member of the highest court in the land would all have diplomas from the same public school.  

In high school, Sanders was a rising track star, according to Harry Jaffe’s new book “Why Bernie Sanders Matters. ”  The presidential contender specialized in long-distance running until his mother, Dorothy, got sick and he would spend most afternoons tending to her. She died the year he graduated.  

(Photo courtesy of James Madison High School)
(Photo courtesy of James Madison High School)

Nine years prior, Ginsburg, then Bader, graduated with a list of accomplishments. She was treasurer of a group called “Go-Getters,” was a member of the orchestra and the twirlers, was secretary to the English department chairman and was feature editor of the newspaper.  

Schumer didn’t share the same track loop as Sanders, but he was on the intramural basketball team. He was also a member of the math team and worked in the admissions office staff. And, the Senate isn’t the first place he appropriated money. In high school, he served on James Madison’s budget committee.  

Since 1925, James Madison has produced other notable alumni, including four Nobel Prize winners as well as a number of actors and athletes.  

Sanders’ graduating year classmates include New York mobster Roy DeMeo, member of the Gambino crime family, and American Austrian School economist Walter Block, an anarcho-capitalist theorist.  

Arrow points to Sanders. (Photo courtesy of James Madison High School)
Arrow points to Sanders. (Photo courtesy of James Madison High School)

And, if Donald Trump wins the White House, another alumnus could make it to the Supreme Court. T.V. personality Judith Sheindlin, also known as Judge Judy, graduated in 1961 and Trump said in March he would appoint her to the court to replace Justice Antonin Scalia.  


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