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Edward R. Murrow High School to mark 40th anniversary

New principal began his teaching career there

December 3, 2014 By Paula Katinas Brooklyn Daily Eagle
Allen Barge, principal of Edward R. Murrow High School, will lead the anniversary celebration. Photo by Elvir Ali

Edward R. Murrow High School, named after the legendary CBS newsman, turned 40 years old last month and officials are making plans for a big celebration during the spring semester.

Murrow alumni will be invited to join the anniversary party in the spring.

November marked 40 years since Edward R. Murrow High School opened its doors at 1600 Avenue L in Midwood under the supervision and leadership of Saul Bruckner as principal.

In conjunction with the 40th anniversary, Allen Barge, who started his 18-year teaching career in Murrow under Bruckner’s guidance, became the principal this year.

“Murrow has always been my home,” Barge said. “Our programs and unique elective courses have attracted students and parents for 40 years. We are excited to celebrate our anniversary this year, and remind everyone just what made them fall in love with Murrow in the first place.”

While paying tribute to its past, the school is also touting its current programs. Murrow offers a variety of courses and is well known for its theater, art, and music programs. Murrow also embraces new programs like Virtual Enterprise, the Writers Institute and a new and improved Television Studio.

Murrow’s Virtual Enterprise was recently awarded Career Technical Education (CTE) Certification. CTE programs integrate rigorous academic study with workforce skills in specific career pathways. Students receive instruction in industry-related areas and have the opportunity to graduate high school with industry-specific skills that can lead to college, further industry training, or entry into the workforce.

The latest institute to open its doors within Murrow is The Writers Institute, a screened creative writing program that begins in 10th grade. Students complete a three-year sequence of writing and literature classes culminating in a senior project. They will assist in the creation of a literary magazine and will meet with a variety of authors throughout the program.

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A revamped television studio also means the introduction of a Media Communication Major at Murrow. Students can take courses in journalism (print, radio and television), photography, public relations and filmmaking.

“We offer a wide-range of programs and extra-curricular activities for all students; these are only a sample of the newest additions to Murrow’s courses,” said Principal Barge.

Murrow also boasts a variety of elective courses ranging from psychology to forensic science to Holocaust Literature to Science Fiction studies.

Alumni seeking more information on the anniversary celebration can email [email protected].

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