In July 1971 very few of us who made up that last Leblon school student body gave much thought to what was passing into history. The new school was the future and Leblon had grown long in the tooth. It occurred to me to borrow my dad's Leica and take a few pictures of the old school before it was gone, but youthful diversions took precedence and the trip to General Urquiza never took place. For the students who attended the idiosyncratic bandbox of a school in the 1940's, '50's and '60's the memory of the old Leblon EA is locked solidly in the past, and pictures are hard to come by.
Gávea was innovative in its design, spacious, and possessed perhaps the the most spectacular view of any school in the world. More than thirty years later the Gávea EA is still a first class institution of learning and more beautiful then ever in its jungle setting. Unfortunately the surrounding neighborhood has become explosive and recent events have exposed EA's vulnerability to the outside mayhem. The decision has been made, and the morning will come when Estrada da Gávea 132 is no longer the Escola Americana street address.
Though that morning may be years away gathering a few photographs of present day EA once again came to mind. With EA no longer a simple bus ride away, an old friend and fellow 1974 EA graduate Carlos Hilburg agreed to help and took photographs on November 6th, 2004 . João Zecchin, a EA student and a member of the Class of 2007, also contributed photos. Thanks Carlos and João for taking the time so we can all see what EA looks like today!
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