The Headmaster and the Street, 1977–1986

Thomas A. McCabe

in Miracle on High Street

Published by Fordham University Press

Published in print November 2010 | ISBN: 9780823233106
Published online March 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780823234950 | DOI:
The Headmaster and the Street,             1977–1986

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This chapter discusses the life of Father Edwin Healy and the miracle he performed on the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard (formerly High Street). The longest-serving headmaster in the history of St. Benedict's Preparatory School did not get in to the school on his first try. Monsignor Charles asked the school to reconsider Dennis Leahy's case. In hindsight, it was also the best thing for St. Benedict's, as Dennis Leahy became Father Edwin, the Benedictine monk who proved pivotal in saving his alma mater. Father Edwin possesses a magnetism that draws talented people and resources to his school. His ability to understand, command, and hold the rapt attention of various audiences is impressive. The chapter notes that St. Benedict's relentless adversary was the street, where drugs and lethargy were ubiquitous, and where debased values competed with the school's good works.

Keywords: Father Edwin; Monsignor Charles; alma mater; High Street; drugs

Chapter.  10795 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Social and Cultural History

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