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Overcrowded New York public schools authoritative figures relieved the congestion of the school by allowing more intelligent children to skip grades On several occasions Adler benefited from this policy At age twelve and a half he graduated from PS 186 in upper Manhattan and selected to attend De Witt Clinton High School one of Manhattans liberal arts secondary schools During the first year of Adlers attendance only one teacher really held his undivided attention The instructor was Garibaldi M Lapolla who taught freshman composition By watching Lapolla could tell Adlers endeavor to become a writer so he volunteered to help Adler learn how to write effectively He told Adler how Flaubert had trained de Maupassant by making him write the same story over numerous times until Flaubert felt it had reached perfection Lapolla decided to mimic that procedure Tasked to choose an object and write a single-page description of it Adler choose a fire hydrant as the object to describe He ended up writing the paper twenty times before Mr Lapolla laid his blue pencil down and gave his final approvalTwo publications the Magpie a monthly magazine and the De Witt Clinton News a weekly newspaper were among the extracurricular activities at De Witt Clinton High Adler became editor of the Magpie before the end of the second school year and by the beginning of the third school year he became the editor of the De Witt Clinton News Diverted from his studies and schoolwork by his newly found positions Mortimer did enough schoolwork to meet the requirements While editor Adler was ordered by principal Francis H J Paul to suspend a student from the staff of the De Witt Clinton News because his grades were below par Disciplinary actions were injected since Adler deliberately defied a direct order from the principal Adler was suspended from all extracurricular activities Since he despised studying and going to class he persuaded his parents to let him drop
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