Old faces are new again at PVHS's class of 1958 reunion|
Imagine high school in 1958. The girls' hems fell far below their knees. The boys' hair was slick. Coed gym was unheard of and smoking cigarettes was the worst thing a student could do.
For Joan Palicia and her classmates at Passaic Valley Regional High School, it was a much simpler time. Their high school years may be long gone, but ghosts of high school came to life on a recent Friday night during their 55-year reunion at The Bethwood in Totowa. "I can't explain the feeling," Palicia said. "You get a tingle all over. There's something about seeing old faces."
A third of the 206 graduates were at the reunion, Passaic Valleys largest. Palicia, of Wayne, was convinced by classmate and friend Gail Humecky to organize the reunion, which took two years. Dressed in their finest, the class of 1958 worked the room, reconnecting and sharing memories. Alums could be heard around the room, asking, "Who's here? Where?"
The students senior year was marked with many athletic achievements, including the school's first Lakeland Conference football championship. Passaic Valley's track, cross country, baseball and golf teams also took the top spots that year. That success carried on after high school - many graduates pursued the careers they dreamed of in high school.
But along with success stories, came some sadness. Black and white yearbook photos of deceased classmates were placed in large red hearts at a memorial table. Many of the alums were shocked to learn that old friends had been lost not too long ago, and a moment of silence honored the missing guests. At another memorabilia table, pictures of football players, class photos and the girls athletics competition called Girls Show, were on display, as were faded green-and-white championship football and baseball jackets. The class of 1958 may not be teenagers anymore, but the 72- and 73-year-olds still know how to have a good time.
For the 2008 reunion, click here.
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