Fifty (50+) plus years ago on Thursday night June 24, 1965 the 58th Annual Commencement Exercises of Roxbury High School were held on the High School Athletic Field which was then still located on Hillside Avenue and yet to be moved to the "new" high school on Eyland Avenue. We were the first graduating Class from the "new" high school and the Class of 1965 had 209 graduates on that night...some statistics:
a foreign exchange student from Turkey (Derman Uzunoglu)
23 Members of the National Honor Society
2 Classmates celebrated 50 years of marriage in 2015 and 35 Classmates celebrated 40 (or more) years of marriage in 2015 (or prior).
33 have passed...the most recent being Bill Hamilton just in March and there were 7 in 2015 (Linda Garrison, Gary Wolfe, Linda Walton, Kathy Anderson, Connie Archer, Sandy Begraft & Walt Barkman)
Many from our Class of 1965 attended schools in Roxbury Township since Kindergarten...that means that most went to Church/Temple, Boy/Girl Scouts, 4-H, played Little League/Babe Ruth or "midget"/Pop Warner football or some other activity with their Classmates for 13 years or more. And those activities were in addition to school sports/functions...among our graduates we have doctors, nurses, lawyers, teachers, career military, businessmen, businesswomen, skilled blue collar workers and successful stay-at-home Moms and Dads.
We have Classmates who attended some of the top colleges in the country including the University of Notre Dame, the US Military Academy at West Point, Columbia University, Rutgers University, Douglass College, Bucknell University, the University of Delaware, Kenyon College, Stevens Institute of Technology, Newark College of Engineering, William Patterson College, Seton Hall, Susquehanna University, the University of Connecticut, Montclair State College, St. Michaels (VT), Fairleigh Dickinson, Ball State University, Drew University, Rider University, Ohio University and the University of Florida as well as others.
We were blessed to have grown-up during that period of time and in Succasunna, New Jersey...and we did not even know it back then. We owe a debt of gratitude to our parents and our teachers...most of whom have passed by now.