Prep School Peers Found Kerry Talented, Ambitious and Apart
He was a champion debater, a good student, a strong and graceful athlete in a small, judgmental universe that prized such skills and knew him well.
But for five formative years, John Kerry stood a step apart at St. Paul's School, gaining achievement more than acceptance.
Danny Barbiero, a middle-class boy from suburban Long Island who was Mr. Kerry's best friend, remembers how they made common cause in a boarding school full of Pillsburys, Peabodys, Pierponts and Pells. One day, Mr. Barbiero went to see a favorite teacher, the school's first black faculty member, and found someone else already there.