In celebration of LREI's rich history, the school has started an ongoing oral history project, LREI StoryLab. Modeled after the popular NPR-supported StoryCorps, the LREI StoryLab is a pop-up radio booth where alumni record memories of their time spent at LREI. The project's goal is to build an oral history archive as we near our centennial celebration in 2021. 

Our first episodes are two video presentations featuring two LREI families who have been with the school for three generations and have LREI memories dating back to the 1940s. Watch them below.

To Share Your "StoryLab" with the LREI Community, please contact:
Elisabeth Ingwersen Mendez
Alumni & Special Events Manager
212-477-5316, ext.269

Alan, Tamar, Cameron


Seventh grader Cameron Krakowiak interviews his mom, Tamar Gargle Krakowiak, LREI Class of 1988, and his grandfather, Alan Gargle, LREI Class of 1946, about their experiences while attending LREI. Click to view.

Nancy, Tim, Rose


Eighth grader Rose Merjos interviews her dad, Tim Merjos, LREI Class of 1980, and her grandmother, Nancy Schaines Merjos, LREI Class of 1949, about their experiences while attending LREI. Click to view.

StoryLab 2017

StoryLab at Reunion 2015

During Reunion 2015, alumni recorded their memories in the LREI StoryLab. Listen to their recordings below.

Ray '45, a member of the first graduating class at LREI's high school, tells his story about how "Elisabeth Irwin High School" really got its name.

Richard '50 shares memories about his most memorable teachers at LREI, including a French teacher he tried to track down years later.

Jacqueline ‘60 and Judy ‘60 sing an original song from their LREI days that combines what they learned in physics with what they learned in a course called Problems of Modern Living.

Lucinda '64 shares stories about growing up as a faculty child at LREI and how the Red Scare and fears of communism affected the school community.

David '65 shares a story about Pete Seeger's live performances at LREI.

Joe '70 shares a story about participating in protests when he was a high school student during the late 1960s.

More Stories Coming Soon!