This is just a random page from a copy of Xavier High School’s 1933 yearbook. Xavier, founded in the 1847, is an elite Jesuit high school on West 16th Street between Fifth and Sixth Avenues that attracts boys from all over the metropolitan area. Until 1971, ROTC was mandatory, hence the military uniforms.
But when were the boys below marked RIP? Perhaps they died young, in World War II. Or maybe the classmate who owned this yearbook wrote the initials recently.