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March 7th, 2013
11:32 PM ET

Justice Sotomayor fights for school

U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor returns to her grade school in the Bronx, which is scheduled to close.

She credits Blessed Sacrament School with giving her a strong foundation for success, despite the limited opportunities that many children have in underprivileged communities.

Anderson Cooper walked the hallways with Sotomayor to find out why the Catholic school was such a critical part of her personal journey, and why it's being shut down with more than 20 other similar schools. She told him that she wouldn't be where she is today if it weren't for the educational institution she attended thanks to her mother's hard work to earn tuition.

Read more about why Justice Sotomayor's school is so important to her


Filed under: 360° Interview • Education
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  1. Michael A Ruzicho

    She definitely has her own idenity, and is a good example for a Justice.

    March 12, 2013 at 4:31 am |
  2. Jeffrey Perot

    This is a sad story. It brought tears to my eyes. I taken kids to school wearing their uniforms and I know how attached they can be. To see a supreme come back to her alma mater to watch kids see their immediate dreams die is just sad.

    March 10, 2013 at 10:22 am |
  3. Brenda McCarver

    I wish I could say that I enjoyed the report you did about the school you attended that is now being closed; but when I heard Anderson Cooper start to tell the story it was too painful for me to watch the complete report. You see we the alumni of Xavier University Preparatory a/k/a as Xavier Prep, located in New Orleans will also close. This school is 98 years old as of this year. I am a graduate of the class of 1963 and we are getting ready to celebrate our 50th class reunion. One of our activities is to march with the graduating class of 2013. Xavier Prep was founded by an order of nuns known as the Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament and founded by St. Katherine Drexel. The alumnus is fighting hard to maintain this historical institution.
    When I heard you speak of how this school had impacted you I had to write and say I feel your pain. Xavier Prep helped mole me into the person who I am today not only academically but also in building my character. I had the experience of dedicated teachers, memories that can never be forgotten and the people I came to know as my extended family my class of ’63.
    I pray for your beloved school and I hope that you in turn will pray for my beloved Xavier Prep.

    March 8, 2013 at 10:31 am |