Giants fever struck Edward R. Murrow High School in Brooklyn, like it did most school campuses around the city after the team's Super Bowl victory on Sunday. But most Murrow students and teachers confined their celebrating -- or their gloating -- to the classroom or the hallways, instead of leaving school to attend the parade in Lower Manhattan. So did most students in the city, Department of Education figures show: the overall attendance rate on Tuesday was 89.3 percent, with high school attendance at 77.5 percent. (The citywide figure was 86.9 percent on Feb. 5, 2008, the last time the city celebrated a Giants Super Bowl victory.) This report on Murrow was written for the student Web site, The Murrow Network. It has been lightly edited.
By Emily Mei and Jennifer Simon
After the Giants' victory in Super Bowl XLVI, John Kivney, a social studies teacher, came to work on Monday with a huge smile on his face.
“It made coming to work enjoyable,” said Mr. Kivney. “I was able to rub it in the noses of Patriots’ fans.”
Just like Mr. Kivney, many Murrowites were extremely happy about the team’s thrilling 21-17 come-from-behind victory over the New England Patriots Sunday night in Indianapolis. But on Tuesday, when the city held a parade and tribute to the Giants’ Super Bowl victory in Lower Manhattan, most Murrow students chose the classroom instead of the streets.
According to the attendance office, there were 721 students absent today, which was 10 fewer than on Monday. The school has just over 4,000 students.
“I was supposed to go to the parade, but I had school,” said Daisy Flores, a freshman. “My parents said they would let me go, but education comes first.”
Still, there was a lot of Giants’ pride on display in the school as some students wore hats and team jerseys -- Eli Manning’s No. 10 was a favorite for most.
"It was amazing,” said Yestak Haq, a senior. “This was my first year following football and it was a good experience to watch it with friends and family.”
Danny Ullo, a social studies teacher, said he was glad that the Giants beat the Patriots in the Super Bowl for the second time in four years.
“They’re a good team,” Mr. Ullo said about the Patriots. “But hey, they lost. When it’s all said and done, they’re the competition.”
Senior Sanjay Chandra said there was another reason he was not at the parade.
“I’ve always been a Patriots’ fan,” said Chandra. “My family is from New England, I was very upset but it’s done. I have to wait until next year.”