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50 Years Ago …


In January 1960 I went to  my senior prom and graduated from West Side high school !!  Up until the January class of 1960 the schools in Newark, NJ had twice a year graduations, and no, I don’t know why.  Another interesting thing was that junior high was 7th, 8th and 9th grades and high school was three years… 10th, 11th, and 12th grades !  I went to West Side for half of my junior year and all of my senior year.  I loved it at West Side unlike the previous high school I went to which will remain nameless.

Our year book was  The Lamp !!! I was an usherette for the graduating class before me. Was on the senior decorating committee. The play committee where we decided our play would be “Father Of The Bride”… however, we had to ‘borrow’ a guy from the junior class because none of the guys in our class wanted to be the father.  How embarassing was that! I also belonged to the Dramateers, we did a show once where we painted our faces different pastel colors… it took about a week for me not to be purple around my hair line.

This is a picture of my homeroom.  I’m glad I wore a pretty blouse as my shoulder is the only part of me showing…almost.

Friday, January 22nd was our senior prom, held at the Essex House Hotel in Newark.  It was cold.  The picture on the left is of me (blue gown) and my best friend Mary Ann.  I’m still apologizing to her for stepping on, and ripping, the bottom ruffle of her gown.  We’ve known each other  since age 14 and continue to be best friends.

And so on the night of Wednesday,  January 27th 1960 we graduated from high school.  It was a chilly and damp January night outside.  Inside it was filled with warmth and laughter, friends and family.  And then we went our ways and in 1970 gathered for our 10 year reunion.  It was fun but not great.

However, in 1992 we had a 32nd reunion and it was fantabulous.  Yes, 32nd… no one knows why 32 and not 30 or 35… but no matter what the number it sure was fun and plans are in the works for a 50th this year.


Author: mvobsession

I'm married, I have two daughters and two grandchildren and they all love MV. Enjoy my MV blog and contact me if I can answer any questions. This blog started out as strictly about Martha's Vineyard but over the years I've branched out to include other obsessions and interests. I enjoy photography and like sharing my photos here as well. Hope you enjoy :)

4 thoughts on “50 Years Ago …

  1. Joan,

    I love these photos! You look beautiful–and very similar to now!

    My high school yearbook photos look much like yours–hair styles, clothing and all. I, too, am in the graduating class of 1960—spring graduation from Central High.

    Thanks for including these great photos–and memories in your blog!


  2. Joan…beautiful then as you still are today!
    I really enjoyed this trip down your memory lane.


  3. What a great post….I have never heard of anyone graduating in January but hey…it was Newark!! I actually got both of my prom gowns in Newark at a bridal shop that my father took me to…..Yes, my father not my mother…I remember how cute he was picking out the dresses for me….He spent more on those two gowns then my wedding dress cost…as for the 32 year reunion….your class president must be like our class president (who is also my best friend)……she tends to put off doing things until she’s prodded….

  4. What fun looking back on high school days! I like the idea of the 2 graduations a year, our town’s high school now has such a huge student body, it would seem like a good idea. Thanks for the nostalgic journey …

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