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Object Name: School desk
Date: 1911
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Medium: Oak; cast iron
Dimensions: Overall: 31 1/2 x 23 1/4 x 35 in. ( 80 x 59.1 x 88.9 cm )
Place made: North America, United States
Description: Wooden school desk and chair unit, seat folds down. Carved graffiti over desk top.
Credit Line: Gift of Arlene Schulman
Object Number: 2003.68.29
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Marks: Molded inscription in metal support: "A S CO 1"

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This desk, used for six decades at DeWitt Clinton High School in the Bronx, was discarded in the mid-1980's during school renovations and rescued from a dumpster by the donor, who was working at the school. DeWitt Clinton High School was originally located at Tenth Avenue and 58th Street in Manhattan (now John Jay College) and moved to the Bronx in 1928. Its many distinguished alumni include Richard Avedon, Romare Bearden, Avery Fisher, Burt Lancaster, Ralph Lauren, and Richard Rodgers.