As part of its 80th anniversary celebration, the Bronx High School of Science inducted Leonard and Ronald Lauder into its hall of fame.
“Being inducted in the Bronx High School of Science hall of fame is a tremendous personal honor for me,” said Ronald Lauder, who graduated in 1961. “My time at Bronx Science played a major role in the way I approach my business, philanthropic and political lives. It is quite humbling to be recognized by an institution that helped shape who I am today.”
Leonard Lauder, chairman emeritus of The Estée Lauder Cos., who graduated in 1950, continued: “Bronx Science is a wonderful school and I loved my time there. It was fantastic to return to the school with my brother Ronald and to meet so many of the current students who are just as smart and fantastic today as they were when I was there.”
As part of the celebration, which took place Dec. 14, the school is inducting 80 alumni into its hall of fame over the course of its anniversary year. Besides the Lauder brothers, the school is honoring Mickey Drexler, chairman of J. Crew Group; Rose Marie Bravo, former chief executive officer of Burberry, and actors Jon Cryer and Jon Favreau, among others.
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While both Lauders recalled their favorite high school memories — Ronald joking that lunch was his favorite class and Leonard reminiscing on scoring the winning goal during a soccer game — they also reflected on how their schooling has stuck with them throughout their careers.
“I didn’t realize it at the time and it took a while to add it all up in my head, but to my eternal amazement everything that I learned at Bronx Science has seemed to play a role in my business life,” Leonard Lauder said.
Ronald Lauder, on what advice he would give to his high school self, said, “Many of my classmates were far smarter than I was. I would have reminded myself to seize the opportunity and learn everyone else’s life lessons.”
On the advice he would give current students, Leonard Lauder said: “At the end of the day, you have to create yourself. Try a lot of different things, follow your interests and listen to your heart. Believe in yourself, because you’re your own best guide.”