Cooler Than a Mullet

Salvete, omnes!

Welcome to the home of North Central High School Panther Latin! Here you will find all you need for Latin Club and Latin class.  You will also discover why, as our one of our past t-shirts proclaimed, we are truly cooler than a mullet!

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Verbum Sapienti

Sicut enim maius est illuminare quam lucere solum, ita maius est contemplata aliis tradere quam solum contemplari.  (St. Thomas Aquinas, Summa Theologiae 2-2, ques. 188, art. 6)

"For just as it is greater to illuminate than merely to shine, so it is greater to share with other what one has contemplated than merely to contemplate."


Indagatio ipsa rerum cum maximarum tum etiam occultissimarum habet oblectationem.  Si vero aliquid occurrit, quod veri simile videatur, humanissima completur animus voluptate.  (Cicero, Academica II.XLI.127)

"The investigation itself of very important and at the same time quite obscure matters holds pleasure.  If indeed it happens that something like the truth is discovered, one's spirit is filled with a most human pleasure."


(Aristotle, Nicomachean Ethics 1104b)

[W]e ought to have been brought up in a particular way from our very youth, as Plato says, so as both to delight in and to be pained by the things that we ought; this is the right education. (David Ross, translator)

For Benson A. Koenig (1912-1997)

Joseph S. Salemi

Battery A, 10th AART Battalion, U.S. Army

North Africa and Italy, 1942-1944


   Those last three days, reciting from memory

   Cicero and Vergil, you could quote

   Long passages of Latin poetry.

   It left us stunned. The only antidote

   To poison in your flesh was blessed words.

   No other good thing comforted you when

   Pulsating life, just like a flock of birds,

   Gathered its wings to fly. The deaths of men

   Can be as silent as the moon's eclipse,

   Spectrally speechless as fields after battle,

   Loud as the riven sky's apocalypse

   With thundering noise--or mindless as a rattle.

   Benson, your answer to encroaching dark

   Was lustrous language, flaring like a spark.

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