HACKENSACK, NJ -  A memorial is planned for Saturday to honor Harold Bloom, the longtime Hackensack High School prinicipal who died earlier this year.

The tribute will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the auditorium of the high school, which is located at 135 First Street, Hackensack. All in the community are invited to come celebrate the life and legacy of "Hal," according to the service's organizers. 

Bloom, a Hackensack High and longtime educator, passed away in January at the age of 89. 

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The Bronx native and U.S. Army Medical Corps veteran his teaching career in Hackensack after earning his master's degree from New York University.  Bloom was then appointed Chairman of the Social Studies Department in 1963, Assistant Principal in 1967, and served as Principal of Hackensack High School from 1970-1992. In 2015, the the First Street bridge connecting two buildings of the Hackensack High School complex was renamed for him.

Bloom also served as a Maywood councilman, playing a significant role in the building of the current town library and municipal pool,

In honor of Bloom's memory, donations can be made to the Hackensack Blue and Gold Scholarship Fund by mailing a check to P.O. Box 2032, South Hackensack, N.J. 07606-2032, calling 201-587-9797 ext. 315 or logging onto https://www.paypal.com/donate/?token=rg5IKISXezehriCCyTFyXAMnFyDnLPn8RlabYxmwNNuVfw9z_HUpokXlt07AboN44Mcu30&country.x=US&locale.x=US