• Home
  •  
  • Reunion Chairperson
  •  
  • 50th Reunion Weekend
  •  
  • Mr. Cervino Tribute
  •  
  • '58 In Memoriam
  •  
  • Memory Lane- THS
  •  
  • Random Thoughts 50yr
  •  
  • Photo Gallery
  •  
  • Missing Classmates
  •  
  • Scholarship Fund
  •  
  • FAQ's
  •  
  • Knudsen Photolink
  •  
  • Teaneck Links
  •  
  • Current Happenings
  •  
  • WW II Memorial Prg.
  •  
  • Contact Us


  • STROLLING DOWN MEMORY LANE
    By Barbara Bogert Wahlberg

     
    In the Spring of 1952 we were taken by our various grammar school representatives to visit the high school. We were herded into the gym, sat on the hard bleachers and listened to a talk about what it would be like when we entered 7th grade in the Fall. It all seemed pretty scary- yet very exciting.

    When we started 7th grade in September one of the biggest challenges we faced was finding and then opening our newly assigned lockers. We each received a Student Handbook which we referred to quite frequently as we were trying to "get with it". We were told not to whistle or snap fingers in the classroom and the guys had to take off their hats when entering the building.

    Eighth Grade found us wearing Dog Collars, playing on junior high teams and most weekends meeting at the movies or going to Cedar Lane and the Dutch Grille.

    In Ninth Grade we were on "double sessions" and many of us started choosing courses with college in mind. When we graduated 9th Grade we numbered 444 - the largest Junior High graduating class in the history of the school. Mr. Steel was the graduation speaker; the choir sang patriotic songs and the school band played.

    In 10th Grade we were again the smallest and the youngest in the school. However, we managed to have the first ever Sophomore dance and the first class picnic at Lake Sebago. The ever present Student Handbook we received in 7th Grade stated "neither secret societies nor fraternities are permitted in THS because they are considered undemocratic and are forbidden by State Law". By this time most of us belonged to either Sigma Phi Delta, the Sabers, the Ashaks, the Falcons, and so on.

    In Eleventh Grade we had our Prom - Magnolia Magic - and we received our class rings. We went to Regua Lake on our class picnic and we were making headlines on the football field. We had lots of private parties at classmate’s homes and we were a very singing and dancing group.

    Twelfth Grade was very exciting as the football team became the NNJIL Champs and was composed of mostly members of our class. We were also undefeated in wrestling and soccer. Our prom - Isle of Paradise - was beautiful and who will ever forget our Senior Trip to Washington, D.C. Remember the Ebbit Hotel and the water pistols!! And getting our picture taken on the lawn at Mt. Vernon. And who can ever forget the class musical -" LIFE ON THE MISSISSIPPI" Remember Beauregard, Amanda, Billy Wickett and Captain Barton. Our class picnic was at Bear Mountain where we traveled by boat (for $1.60 a ticket and were told to “demonstrate our best behavior.”

    We graduated on a Thursday, June 12th, 1958 at 6:30 PM. We were the largest class ever and our instructions for the big day included the fact that we weren't allowed to chew gum, the girls could not wear earrings, the boys had to wear blue Windsor ties and the girl’s gowns had to be 11 inches from the floor with heels.

    That magic evening was 50 years ago and it is hard to believe how fast the time has gone. Most of us have married, raised families, become grandparents, succeeded in various careers, retired or are getting close to doing so. We have a lot to be thankful for and the years spent growing up and being together at Teaneck High School cannot be duplicated today. How wonderful that so many of us have not lost touch. Let's try and keep it that way. Stay well, let us know where you land and give a small "thank you" to our families for raising us in Teaneck, New Jersey. What a wonderful experience and I do believe most of you would concur!!




      © Copyright 2019 THS58.com - All Rights Reserved
    Site Design & Programming by Lakefront Media, Inc.