ALUMNI NEWS: City and Country School 1928–1935: A Memoir

Shane Riorden ’38 is currently compiling his memoirs, the first part of which details his time at C&C, complete with reflections on the meaning of his “progressive education.”
The entire first part of Shane’s memoirs is accessible in PDF format here.

Here are a few excerpts... 

ON RHYTHMS
“...an upright piano [was] played always by an ancient (to us) Italian lady, ‘Mendoza.’ The music, never identified to us, was a wide selection of classical, operatic, and ballet airs. It made you want to get up and dance—freely—no particular steps, no partners. Mendoza played vigorously without a score....[The teacher] Ruth Doing's contribution to all of this was to suggest dance themes—'be horses,' 'be frogs in a pond,' 'be ducks or swans,' etc. We boys used to make fun of Rhythms, but in fact we loved it...”

ON BECOMING A V
"In the fall of 1929 the time came for me to attend the reopening of the school. My parents told me proudly that I would be in the Vs. I cried out, 'No! I want to stay with all of my friends. I don't know anybody in the Vs!' My father took me to school. What a revelation—all my friends were in the Vs too! Live and learn!"
 
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