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In 1979, the school became co-ed, and the demographics shifted – the student population was 71 percent Latino this past school year, according to data from the Philadelphia school district. In 1988, Edison High School was moved to a more modern building two miles to the north, across from a large Catholic cemetery in the Juniata Park neighborhood. It became a combined high school and vocational center and was renamed the Thomas Alva Edison High School/John C. Fareira Skill Center.
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Now -- 50 years since the war -- efforts to memorialize the “Edison 64” are stronger than ever. A local author is writing a book about the school, a few veterans are trying to obtain a posthumous award for one of the 64 former students who died. And more veterans – graduates of Edison who survived Vietnam or others who served alongside the 64, like Viscusi – are making the trip to Philadelphia.