SUMMIT, NJ - Celebrating their 55th reunion, members of the Summit High School Class of 1964 came together for a weekend of festivities beginning with a Friday night welcoming party at the Summit home of the Vernotico’s followed by a Saturday night event at the Knights of Columbus.
This class first convened in 1958 when the then-Morris Avenue school was home to both 'The Junior High' (grades 7-9) and 'The High School' (grades 10-12). The “new” high school was completed in the summer of 1962, making this class the first Junior Class to graduate from the Kent Place Boulevard campus.
In addition to former Common Council Member Mike Vernotico, longtime City Clerk David Hughes is also a member of this class.
The Class of '64 played all of its freshman games at Memorial Field although Tatlock Field was opened in 1960. They made history by becoming Summit High School’s first undefeated, untied football team, and were back-to-back Suburban Conference and State Champions. They also boasted nine team members who earned Varsity letters at D-I Colleges, and Johnny Mallory went on to play for the NFL's Philadelphia Eagles. His Summit #22 uniform number has been retired.
The team was inducted into the Summit Hall of Fame’s initial class in 2014. Also in the Hall of Fame are Coach Howie Anderson, Mallory, El Sideeq Amin and Brent Cromwell.
The weekend concluded with a “Goodbye Breakfast" at the Middle School on Sunday morning, which featured some final laughs, some final stories and some talk of a 60th Reunion, something the Class of '64's Reunion Committee has already started planning for.