Carl Youngman ‘60 was raised as an only child in Newburyport, Massachusetts. His father worked in a shoe factory, and his mother was a housewife.
“Newburyport in those days was more of a blue collar town than it is today,” Youngman remembers. “It was fairly obvious that if I had gone to Newburyport High School, I would be lucky if I could get to a very good liberal arts college. Not an ivy league school.”
Still, Youngman believed he could do anything as long as he worked hard enough. He credits this in part to the growth of mass communication.
“My grandfather had the seventh television that was ever bought in the city of Newburyport,” Youngman says. “By the time the fifties came, when you had lots of broadcasts, we were able to understand that a college education was the key to the future, if you could get there.”
Luckily there was a preparatory school in Youngman’s backyard. But coming up with the tuition to attend Governor’s Academy would not be possible without outside help.
“At fourteen I walked into the president of the local bank and asked if I could borrow some money,” Youngman remembers. “He was very polite and said OK, we know your family. If you come back in a week with your parents, we’ll review it and give you an answer.”
The money came through, and Youngman set out on a new and ambitious path.
“It turned out to be a great opportunity for me to learn about subjects I just wouldn’t have had the opportunity to learn very much about,” he says. “My whole career, to me, got its foundation and values by the study habits that were ingrained at the academy.”
When reflecting on the With True Courage campaign, Youngman remembers his own visit to the local bank, and hopes the school can continue to thrive through investment in potential students.
“In terms of the private school world in general, you’re going to have fewer total students who can afford to go this route. It’s getting more and more expensive,” Youngman says. “Those who survive, are those who are going to be able to make the investments both physically, and in their students. And I’m certainly very supportive of the fact that The Governor’s Academy needs to be one.”