The name sounds like a Beach Boys song or a mythical concept—-and in a sense that’s what it is: a mythical place within a mythical place.
Palm trees. Balmy tropical weather. Adjacent to a golf course. Just a few blocks from the beach and the Atlantic Ocean. Glitzy glamourous resorts like the Fontainebleau on one side. The art deco kitsch of south Beach on the other.
It’s hard to imagine a public high school located in such a place.
And its location is just the start of what makes Beach High special.
As a high school student I had no idea it was unusual. That 98% of the graduates from every public school didn’t go to college. That every high school didn’t have consistently high performing students and a consistently low performing football team. That among its alumni were people like Barbara Walters, Robert Rubin, Andy Garcia, Brett Ratner—and many many other leaders in the arts, sciences, and government.
There’s an immediate understanding of what it means to say “Beach is dynamite” — there’s an instant bond that spans generations.
i didn’t realize until i grew up and left, that I had grown up in a special place at a special time. That the Beach and Beach High provided a sense of community that occupy a permanent place in the soul.
Something about that sandy soil on a man-made island nurtured the deepest of roots.
I feel beyond lucky and blessed that this is how I grew up– when in the midst of glamor was innocence; mixed in with materialism was meaning and solid values.
When I first started blogging, I wrote a piece about how for me, Beach High represents safety and security; and a solid foundation for friendship. So it’s not surprising that I look forward to any
excuse opportunity to go back.
That’s where I expected to be right now —at a reunion of my class and the class above mine—who didn’t want to wait till the next offical reunion year to get together.
Life intervened at the last minute; and I wasn’t able to attend this weekend. Though I miss being there, those who are there are in my heart—-and part of my heart will always, always be there, too.