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.
Preston High School is a very special place. The school is committed to helping young women from diverse ethnic and socio-economic backgrounds become leaders for compassionate change in the world. The teachers here work tirelessly to ensure the success of their amazing students. The school is truly a community-oriented establishment and puts its students first.
There are not enough words for me to describe my experience at Preston High School. My wish is that all girls could have this experience. My daughter is a name, not a number. She attends school is a safe and beautiful environnent which provides academic excellence and a program that promotes vision, voice and values. I am certain that when she graduates next year that she is fully prepared academically, socially and morally ready for the next chapter in her life.
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.
I am a proud alumna and parent of 2 alumnae daughters. Preston is first and foremost a leader in the educational community and a place of strength for students who supplement their education by developing self-confidence, determination, & peer and problem-solving approaches. Leadership and compassion are encouraged and students become their best person through the dedicated efforts of an amazing faculty and administration.
Having sent our two daughters Katie 04, Bernadette 10, for there High School education at Preston. I can not praise Preston enough for the outstanding experience both received at this school. Having served on the Parent Association both my wife and I view first hand all the professional way that all of Preston staff of teachers and administration worked for them constantly! It is a great tribute to the Bronx that such a wonderful school exists for the education of young women! Along with the advancement office and the parent association monies are raised for all education need of the girls. Preston has successful conducted two golf outings and hopefully they will continue to assist Preston raised need money for all the girls! I Love Preston!!!!!!!!
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 am the parent of a Preston Freshman. From my first year experiencing Preston I can say that the teachers and staff are phenomenal. They care for and encourage the girls. The principal is very involved and a great role model. She attends parent meetings to give parents updates on the school and inform them about important issues like bullying and anxiety. She listens to parents at each parent meeting. The teachers go beyond school hours to help students after school, and they interact with students and parents in fun ways at different activities throughout the year. The Compassion Connection, a club that my daughter belongs to, has done wonderful things for others; raising money for Haiti and other causes, getting the girls to donate their time to help less fortunate kids. This year the school created a Diversity Day to let students experience food, music, and cultures of all the students. I can see that the entire school works to help girls become the movers and shakers in society. The education is not geared to simply fill the girls with knowledge to pass tests. The education is geared to pass on knowledge that can make a difference and make things better. I am very glad that my daughter is going to Preston. She is learning that women do great things, and that she can too.
Preston High School has been an invalueable tool in my life history and various careers over the decades. As a student in the 70's direction was hard to find, not only on a career basis, but at a personal level as well. Preston enabled me to receive an education in academics, communal responsibility and service. It also focused and still does today, some 30 years later, on moral values as well as spiritual growth that is a vital part of being a woman and a contributing member of society.
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.
Preston High School has made me the person that I am today. As a student in the 1960's, I developed confidence and leadership. I entered Preston as a shy freshman and left as a woman of compassion and conviction and ready to go into the world and make a positive difference. In 2000, I returned to Preston as a member of the staff and saw the same spirit that I had experienced as a student. I had the opportunity to work with students, faculty/staff, alumnae, parents and supporters and saw lives change each day because of the compassionate care exhibited here. Diversity is treasured and education is important. Preston is a place where girls with dreams become women of vision. The education is challenging but there are mentors to help each girl be successful and work to her full potential.