2013-05-08 / Features

Justice Scalia Once Called Elmhurst Home

BY JASON D. ANTOS


Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia In 1986, Antonin Scalia was appointed to the United States Supreme Court by President Ronald Reagan.

Scalia was born in 1936, in Trenton, New Jersey and moved to New York City just a few years later. His family could have easily established themselves in Manhattan or Brooklyn, but it was Elmhurst that the future associate justice and his family would call home.

Scalia attended P.S. 13 at 55th Avenue and 94th Street. He remembered being exposed to the many different ethnic backgrounds of his fellow classmates. There were Greeks, Irish, Germans, Jews and Italians. It was at P.S. 13 that he met his first crush, a girl named Theresa.

In a recent article, Scalia recounted that Elmhurst had the feel of a country town and there was plenty of space to play games like street hockey or softball. There were a lot of vacant lots that dotted the landscape and Scalia and his friends or family would camp out in pup tents. And when wintertime came, Scalia and his friends would go sledding down a slope nicknamed “Dead Man’s Hill”.

Scalia was in public school until he graduated the eighth grade. He received a scholarship to Xavier H.S. in Manhattan. He graduated magna cum laude from Harvard Law in 1960, becoming a Sheldon Fellow of Harvard University.

He is currently the longest-serving justice.

The Gazette is asking if anyone is in possession of old photographs showing Scalia as a child to please contact us via e-mail at Qgazette@aol.com.

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