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Three public middle schools and one elementary school are crammed together into an 11.6 acre plot in the Bronx where time is one’s luxury.
Ricardo Martinez remembers walking out of the gates as a 12-year-old on the cusp of manhood. His father, a Venezuelan immigrant struggling to run a tight household, set him down right where he had graduated from and told him to be on his way.
Ricardo didn’t take his first steps until he was 17, but he didn’t even get to leave the ghetto’s doorstep! He’s one of a seemingly endless string of talented students — all attending New York’s top private schools — who are setting the gears in motion for another generation of elite American education.
But as he searched out parents who would cover his tuition, or at least pay for his private tutor, Ricardo made a decision that’s made even more sense than his upbringing. From the time he was a teenager, he’d been on a mission to be everything his elders wanted him to be — a doctor. He couldn’t leave his parents for good. He couldn’t wait to get out.
But not everyone agrees with his daydreaming. When Ricardo’s conservative mother gathered her friends to kick him out, Ricardo says he wanted to finish college but that his dreams had gotten lost amidst their push and pull. Though desperate for acceptance, he felt more than let down. His mom would be leaving him so he could do things that his privileged peers do every day.
He decided to give his kids the gift of an education — but not for every third grade girl’s to her guy power science fair! R.I.P. Tryston.