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Peekskill Middle School Welcomes Mural Home

PEEKSKILL, N.Y. – Dr. Bernard Yudowitz fondly remembers his time as a student in the Peekskill schools and the mural that sat in the front entrance of the old high school that later became the old middle school.

The mural, created by B. James Thornley in 1934, depicts mankind’s advancement through technology and culture.

“It was one of the highlights of the high school,” Yudowitz said. “Every morning when we came to school we walked past it and it was inspiring. It was beautiful and bright, showing man advancing and it is inspiring to high school students.”

Yudowitz made a contribution for the restoration and display of the mural, which is now on display in the new middle school. The Peekskill city school district held a special dedication of a newly-restored Peekskill Middle School mural on Tuesday before its school board meeting.

Peekskill Middle School Principal David Fine said the mural was an essential piece of the old school and thanked Yudowitz for helping to bring the renovated mural to the new school.

“I remember in 2008 when workers were painstakingly moving the mural from the old middle school lobby,” Fine said. “Teachers used the mural for lessons and instructional opportunities. When we moved into this building there was something missing and having this mural as part of our school is really special to me and many of the faculty who lived their professional careers in front of it as they entered the old building."

Yudowitz, the valedictorian of the Peekskill Class of '51, studied law at Cornell University and then attended medical school before establishing a practice in Boston. He currently resides outside the city. The former Peekskill student said he was impressed by the new school.

“The location couldn’t be better," he said. "You’ve got fantastic views of the Hudson.”

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