UNION, NJ - Sixty classmates from the Union High School class of 1966 celebrated their 50th class reunion with a visit to Burnet Middle School, which served as the high school during their high school years.
The alumni were welcomed by current Burnet Middle School Principal Raymond Salvatore and Vice Principals Tommy Harrell and Sharon Drayton. Burnet School Builder’s Club members helped to welcome the guests and provided a tour of the school.
The alumni shared stories and laughs with the students and administrators as they walked the once familiar halls. Some of the favorite memories that were shared were the time a cherry bomb went off in the senior girl’s lunch, the 4G Chorus and planning the prom. Some of the alumni said they met their spouse in high school.
"I was in awe with the sparkle and youthfulness in the eyes of the Class of 1966,” said Harrell. “I was thrilled to assist in hosting this very appreciative group. They are welcomed back to Burnet anytime."
A discussion of music of “their times” brought back many good memories for all. "When we were in school, music was so real," said one alumni. The consensus amongst the group of their favorite classes were the 4G chorus, Geometry, and the late Irwin Jaeger's Science Class.
"It was so cool hearing about all the things that were similar and different from when they were in school,” said current student and Builder’s Club member Dylan Chudzik.
When asked if they noticed any major changes to the school, one alumni replied, “the clocks in the rooms are different because at the time they were large and round with no speakers.” According to the alumni, the gyms are exactly the same. However, there was a promenade on the Morris Avenue side of the building and a small stage that is no longer there.
Only three of the alumni still live in Union. Other of the classmates presently live in Washington DC, Virginia, Maryland, Brooklyn, New York, and Boston. Two of the classmates learned during the reunion that they live in the same town in Maryland, about three blocks from each other.
"It was a pleasure hosting the Class of 1966,” said Drayton. “We made new friends and enjoyed good company.”
"It was certainly a pleasure to entertain the Class of 1966 and allow them to reminisce about their high school days,” said Principal Salvatore. “It was a great time for all."
The Class of 1966 then set off to enjoy their reunion party at Galloping Hill Caterers in Union that evening.