Attending Preston H.S. was the best possible preparation for my subsequent careers as a college teacher, dean and vice president of Eastern Connecticut State University and president of Hartford College for Women. When HCW merged with the University of Hartford in 1991, I was able to move on to a senior fellowship at the University of Virginia, a NEH fellowship at Stanford University, and a position as Executive Director of the Society for Values in Higher Education at Georgetown University, where I continued to teach one course in literature each semester. Preston prepares women for life and responsibility with a crucial difference from other schools: the sisters who are in charge of the school are Sisters of Divine Compassion and they have managed to translate compassion into the everyday language of girls and women, who in turn translate compassion into active engagement with the poor, the sick, the elderly and their own lives as public citizens of a democracy. Preston High deserves the title of "great," to which I would add "compassionate" non-profit.
Dr. Kathleen McGrory
Preston H.S. provided superb teaching, beautiful surroundings and a supportive environment in which I learned all that I needed to know for my future career in higher education. Faith and compassion were evident in teachers and staff, and the school practiced what it preached. Building a life on that education, I became a state university dean and academic vice president, president of a college for women, and executive director of a non-profit organization at Georgetown, but it was at Preston that I became a strong and confident woman. It was the best education I could have received, and I'm grateful.
The values I learned at Preston have served me all my life. The caring faculty provided the confidence to strive and achieve goals I had not thought possible. Options were provided that would shape my entire life. I am eternally grateful to the teachers who spend hours working with us to be accepted in the best colleges (no Sat prep courses for us) and the teachers who encouraged a young Bronx girl to follow her dream of studying math and physics! Preston has remained a part of my life to this day. I have served on the board and been supported of the fund raising events. When I visit the school,I can see that Preston is still providing opportunities for the young women of the Bronx to strive and achieve.
Preston High School was an experience I will always treasure and be grateful for. Preston inspired me to realize that I could accomplish any goal that I set my mind to. They not only provided me with an excellent education but the values, morals and integrity shaped me into the person I am today. I am the mother of four children, my daughter also attended Preston High School, and I credit Preston with the success I have achieved in life. A wonderful school for woman!!!
I was a shy, bright 13 year old from a lower-middle class Italian Bronx family who would become empowered to lead thanks to the outstanding education and welcoming atmosphere of Preston High School. I had teachers who helped me blossom such that I became a class leader, served as assistant editor of the school newspaper and the yearbook, was president of the math club, the science club, sang in the Glee Club, participated in extemporaneous speeches and poetry readings in city-wide competitions. I volunteered to teach religious education to a child in the South Bronx. I was prepared for college via an excellent academic education. The scholarships I received enabled me to attend a private college with tuition fully paid and to pursue my dream of teaching French, having a family, making a difference.
I was a student at Preston HS (PHS) 1958-1961 and the experience was pivotal in my academic, social, and professional development. The faculty were exceptional role models and gave each student the individual attention needed to succeed. The academic program was outstanding preparation for college..and life. The leadership opportunities for young women set me on the course for leadership positions in my professional and personal life. I have always been grateful to PHS because it showed that techers can make a difference in our lives. As a Board member I was always impressed with the dedication of the board and faculty to the young womens' success and development as outstanding, talented and compassionate women with a dedication to serving others.