Scalia was rejected by two schools; Dad told him schools without all smart kids might be better
Justice Antonin Scalia—under fire for his reference to the argument that some blacks might do better at “slower-track” schools—was himself rejected by two schools.
Scalia was rejected by his first-choice high school and by Princeton University, according to a book by Supreme Court journalist Joan Biskupic. The Daily Beast has a story.
Scalia got good grades in elementary school, but failed the entrance exam for the Jesuit-run Regis High School in Manhattan. Scalia told Biskupic that his father saw the bright side. Scalia’s dad said it might be better to be at a school where students had a range of abilities and weren’t all “brains.” Scalia later graduated first in his class at a different high school.
Scalia was rejected a second time when he applied to Princeton University. Years later, Scalia gave this reason for his rejection: “I was an Italian boy from Queens, not quite the Princeton type.” He went to Georgetown University instead and once again was first in his class.
Bruce Allen Murphy, author of a different book about Scalia, told the Daily Beast he doesn’t think those rejections had much to do with Scalia’s comments about slower-track schools. Instead, he said, Scalia makes comments that are intentionally inflammatory, partly to provoke the media.
“Scalia’s been doing this kind of thing on a fairly regular basis since 2006” after he was passed over for chief justice, Murphy said.