About 'prestigious' Cambridge Rindge and Latin School

The word "prestigious" is being attached to the public high school serving Cambridge, Massachusetts in public discussion of Suspect number two, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, who attended Cambridge Rindge and Latin, and even won a scholarship. This meme appears to have originated in a blog published in the Weekly Standard, which broke the news of the scholarship and revealed: "Actors Ben Affleck and Matt Damon attended the prestigious school, too." From there it has hit two talk radio stations I hear and Fox News. Nothing against Rindge and Latin, but it is the high school serving anyone who lives in Cambridge. It is a better school than Somerville High, next door in a similarly-sized city, no doubt. When I lived there, residents of Somerville were allowed to pony up a substantial amount of money to have their kids attend the Cambridge public high schools. Rindge and Latin (and especially the Latin part)  has some famous alumni because it serves a city with sizable community of...(Read Full Post)