"...Now, on graduating from the elite high school, he enlisted in the Marines. "I would venture to say no one has ever enlisted in the Marines in the history of Horace Mann," says a classmate...."
That guess would be incorrect. I graduated from Horace Mann in 1977 and enlisted in the Marines going straight to Parris Island that summer, as I believe one other classmate did that year. Coincidently, also of Italian descent and on full scholarship to HM.
I wish Lieutenant Pantano well. I was unaware he attended HM until reading this article.