Friday, 16 October 2009 00:00
The first weekend in October over 50 past classmates joined together in Manhasset to celebrate our 45th MHS reunion. What an event and what a homecoming.
Included in all of our festivities where three MHS related activities that were highlights of the weekend.
The first one was a Tree of Life tribute to our past teachers at MHS who dramatically affected our lives. Under the direction of Ann Marie Karl, a tree and shrubs were planted at the entrance to the school. We paid tribute to our past teachers, particularly Mrs. Eulalia deRoss who taught Spanish back in 1964. Many other teachers (too many to name) were also recognized. In addition, we had the current Senior Class President, a current teacher and our friend and coach Bruce Minerley say a few words.
The second event was the homecoming parade where we marched and claimed The MHS Class of 1964 Rocks, including such notable musicians as the Beatles and the Rolling Stones, to name just a few.
What impressed us all was the participation at these events by the Principal Dr. Dean Schlanger, the Vice Principal Mark Sippen, the School Superintendent Charles Cardillo, and one of our remaining teachers from 1964, Dr. Dave Dorman. Their participation signified that they cared about their alumni and valued our continued devotion to our high school. They were ever present, walked in the parade and were clearly engaged in not only our activities but the ever present school spirit.
In addition, we honored Charles McNally at our Saturday event. He was a former math teacher and was always considered one of our favorite teachers. He made math fun, he made us all strive for excellence and he was the first person to teach us that smoking was bad for our health.
I have always been so proud to say I was from Manhasset but it was Manhasset High School that really made us who we are today. There was no reason to go to private school when we had MHS in town. We had and continue to have the best academic and athletic programs in the country.
Bravo Manhasset and Bravo Manhasset High.
Penny Robinson Blaisdell
MHS Class of 1964