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Highlands Celebrating A Half Century Of Education

Students work at typewriters in a vintage photo from the high school. Photo Credit: Melissa Heule
Vintage photos will be on display at school's 50th anniversary celebration. Photo Credit: Melissa Heule

ALLENDALE, NJ -- Northern Highlands Regional High School unites alumni and faculty for its 50th anniversary celebration on Sept. 26.

"I want those people who walk through those doors to reminisce about times when they were here and how much they are a part of our wonderful history," said Principal Joseph Occhino.

"You wouldn't believe how many alumni who want to attend the event and want to help with the process, like Connie Bandstra," a graduate from 1970 who is managing RSVPs, said Assistant Principal Michael Koth.

Classes of the 1960s through today will be honored in a halftime field ceremony during the varsity football game against Wayne Hills High School.

Attendees will also enjoy vintage photo displays, 50 years worth of yearbooks and ephemera.

Current students will show former students the new science wing, renovated library, baseball press boxes and updated sports field. Many of which. like the repaired roof, happened after alumni's schooldays.

The school will also share a recording of comments from FBI Director James Comey, a Hall of Fame member class of 1978 graduate. Comey will be in town for a school assembly on Oct. 5, discussing civic and social responsibility as well as his strong ties to the school.

Dr. Greg Difelice, an orthopedic surgeon from the class of 1985, will speak live at the event.

Bruce Emra, who spent the past 48 years teaching at the high school will be there to greet former students.

"This is also somewhat of staff reunion, so hopefully when alumni come back they get to see their old teachers and new ones as well," said Koth. "It's the people that make this place great."

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