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IN T HIS ALUMNI REVIEW A publication of the Northeast High School Alumni Association ISSUE Visit us on the web at www.nehs1.com S P R I N G 2 0 1 0 • Tribute to M. Mark Mendel ALUMNI ASSOCIATION EXECUTIVE BOARD MOURNS LOSS OF FOUR FAVORITE SONS • Northeaster of the Year Award “Loyal Sons Are We”—no truer words were spoken about John Winter J’39, M. Mark Mendel F‘49 , Joe Mauro J’49 and Joe Rosskowsk,i F’50. In 2009, we lost all four of these tried and true Northeasters. • Wall of Fame Honor- ees TO HONOR HIS AU REVOIR, DEAR FRIEND MEMORY: • President’s and M. MARK MENDEL, Last year, our Association also suffered the ESQ. F'49 loss of Life Member John R. Winter, J’39, Principal’s Messages long a faithful participant in Alumni activities. For more than a half century, Mark was our John, who served for 22 years as Treasurer • Class Notes for our organization, died at his home in Hun- friend, mentor, class- mate, and ardent sup- tingdon Valley on August 20, 2009. He was • Interview with Tony porter. honored as 1996 Northeaster of the Year and Danza He was an active member of our Associa- inducted into the Northeast High School Wall tion, serving as President 1981-1985, as our of Fame in 1994. • Reunion Schedules Legal Counsel, member of the Executive Com- As a member of our Executive Committee mittee, and Trustee of the Northeast High and Board of Trustees, John was regularly on • In Memoriam School Alumni Foundation for more than 20 duty in the Alumni Office as a volunteer. He years. He was active with his class and was a also served his Class of June 1939 as Class familiar face at reunions and breakfast gather- Representative, maintaining contacts and plan- SAVE THE DATE: ings. Our Association honored him as North- easter of the Year in 1985, Outstanding Gradu- ning reunions. His love for Northeast was exceeded only ate of the Decade in 1990, and inducted him by his love of family. He is survived by his wife Alumni Day — into the NE Wall of Fame in 1994. Mr. Mendel passed away on August 26, 2009 of 62 years, Alice, who was his constant com- panion in NE activities; son, Paul, and daugh- following a long illness. He will be sadly missed ters Sandra and Deborah, all NE graduates. MAY 7th, 2010 by his Northeast family. Mark provided a bequest of $25,000 to the We offer a final “‘Hail Northeast” to our dear Association, for which we are extremely grate- friend and fellow Northeaster. ful. Anyone who desires to add to the M. Mark Northeast High School Mendel Memorial Scholarship Fund may con- 2010 NORTHEASTER OF tribute to the Northeast High School Alumni THE YEAR Alumni Association Foundation, 1601 Cottman Ave, Philadelphia, Cottman & Algon Aves. PA 19111. Howard P. Rovner, Esq., Philadelphia, PA 19111 The following is a reprint of the “Northeast High School Alumni Centennial Award” originally printed Class of 1972 (215) 728-5076 in 1990 for the Centennial Celebration Gala program Dedicated family man, dedi- email@example.com book. cated lawyer, dedicated com- Born in Germany and arriving in the United munity leader, and dedicated States in 1939, M. Mark Mendel (Manfred M. Northeaster—Rovner truly Mendel) received a Bachelor of Science degree epitomizes the qualities that from Temple University in 1950 with honors, a belong to the Northeaster of the Year. Continued on page 7 Continued on page 3 PAGE 2 NEHS Principal’s Message We hope you are having a we gathered five first place fin- for the fifth time in a row, 21- wonderful start to the New ishes and have been state finalists 7, and now hold the lead 53- Year. There are many exciting in one or more categories for the 51-10 in this historic Thanks- things that have happened and last seven years. We are the giving Day competition. will be happening this year at 2009 Keep Philadelphia Beautiful We would be remiss not the biggest and best compre- “Recycling School of the Year”. to mention our great music, Ms. Linda Carroll hensive high school in Phila- Our SPARC program continues choir and performing arts delphia. to be the leader in the tri-state programs, which can be seen Principal Northeast High School, is area for robotics. and heard on TV, stage or at Northeast High School flourishing. Northeast is oper- In athletics, we have added parades. We can’t wait for ating with over 3200 students boys’ and girls’ lacrosse, bringing this year’s play “Bye Bye – far more than our neighbor- a total of thirty-two sports of- Birdie”. ing schools. Northeast High fered at Northeast - the most in Northeast is truly a great School was chosen in the area. Congratulations to the comprehensive institution “Philadelphia Magazine’s” 2009 women’s field hockey team and with so many opportunities “Best of Philly” High Schools to first year Coach Joanne Remus for our students to pursue. for “Diversity”. We continue (taking over for retired Coach The staff and the administra- to have a successful partner- Mitch Kline) for winning the Dis- tion continuously challenge ship with the University of trict 12 Championship. Northeast the students to excel in edu- Pennsylvania, helping to con- has won the field hockey champi- cation, athletics and the arts. tinue the reputation of North- onship for five consecutive years. In return, the students con- east in the city as leaders in The boys’ track and field has also tinue to support the tradition education - in the community captured its second championship of excellence their predeces- and in the classroom. And yes, (2008 and 2009). Congratulations sors, you, the Alumni, have we have our own TV reality to the baseball, football and established. show, ”TEACH” featuring wrestling teams for trips to the Tony Danza, which will be championships in their respective airing this spring on A&E. seasons. And yes, to the big ques- At the 2009 Philadelphia tion, the horse is in the stable at High School Computer Fair NE. We have defeated Central NEHS Alumni President’s Message This is my last message as I dent, Ron Colston, Class of School pride alive. Our am at the end of my term as Jan.’56. I have gotten to know Alumni Association is a great Alumni President. I would him through the last couple of source of creative ideas and like to thank you, the years as a great man who cares generous resources. There’s Alumni, for granting me the about Northeast, and I am sure a reason our school is look- opportunity to serve you for he will do a fine job. Thanks ing forward to a great future the last three years. I would also to Joan Scheidecker for –it’s our past.” like to thank the principal being a fantastic help with all of All Hail NE! Chris Riley and administration for always the duties as president. Joan is President NEHS supporting the Alumni in all truly a great Northeaster and Alumni Association of our endeavors and our the heart and soul of the Asso- Class of ‘85 commitment to excellence ciation. Once again, thank you for Northeast. Congratula- Joan. In conclusion, “Let’s tions to our incoming Presi- keep moving forward, keep our ALUMNI REVIEW 2009 Alumni Day May 7, 2010 PAGE 3 Alumni Day morning Wall of Fame ceremonies. Also being honored are the June and January anniversary classes of 1950 and 1960. Alumni of all classes are encouraged to attend the morning ceremony in Morrison Hall. The annual Alumni luncheon will be held at the Brookside Manor in Southampton. 9:00 AM Wall of Fame Induction program in the Auditorium to honor NEW THIS YEAR the Classes of 1950 and 1960 Register and pay online 11:00 Brookside Manor at Somerton Springs with PayPal. Go to the 50 Bustleton Pike, Feasterville, PA 19053 NEHS website at: Registration, Cash Bar and Hors d’oeuvres www.nehs1.com and look for the 12 Noon Program to honor the Northeaster of the Year Alumni Day Luncheon Announcement 12:45 PM Luncheon ALUMNI DAY 2010 REGISTRATION FORM—RESERVATIONS REQUIRED BY APRIL 21ST ____Yes, I/we will attend the morning Wall of Fame Ceremony at Northeast Choices of entrée: ____Yes, 1/we will attend the Alumni Luncheon at Brookside Manor ($20.00pp) ____ Broiled Filet of Flounder ____Yes, I would like to sponsor a student to attend the Alumni Luncheon ($20.00pp) ____ Stuffed Breast of Chicken Special dietary requests: _______________________________________________ Name:_________________________________ Maiden name (if applicable) ___________________ Class of:________ Guest: _________________________________ If applicable: Maiden Name ___________________ Class of ________ Phone number: __________________ E-mail address: _______________________________________________ Please make check payable to NEHS Alumni Association Amount enclosed: ______________ Mail to: NEHS Alumni Association, Cottman & Algon Avenues, Philadelphia, PA 19111 Howard Rovner—Northeast of the 1980, he began practicing law with his mocratic Committee; Philadelphia Year continued brother, Robert Rovner, in their Feast- Committeeman, 8th Ward; and was a erville, PA office. recent candidate for PA Senate 12th His resume speaks to his passion to Rovner was admitted to the Su- District. In 2005, he served as nomi- help others and his desire to better preme Court of PA in 1980 and United nee of Governor Ed Rendell for Magis- himself. Sates District Court for the Eastern terial District Judge. Upon graduating NE, Rovner District of PA in 1982. Howard and his wife Sharon have earned a BBA (Business Administra- Community activities include: Presi- three adult children and have been tion) from Temple University (1976), dent, Cardozo Lodge 400 (various residents of Lower Moreland since majoring in Business Law and Industrial terms); National Treasurer, Brith Sha- 1984. Relations. It was no surprise that his lom; President, Shaare Shamayin-Beth Fast fun fact: Rovner was always next step was to attend Delaware Law Juda; member, Philadelphia Boosters working...he has been a waiter, busboy, School of Widener University. During Club; baseball and basketball coach for department store cashier, fast food this time he worked as International Huntingdon Valley; and President, counter service, seller of programs at Organizer for the Hotel, Restaurant NEHS Alumni Association. Atlantic City Ice Capades and Miss and Bartenders Union while attending Truly committed to his community, America Pageant, and worker at the school in the evenings. Rovner has also served as Area 7 boardwalk Arcade. After receiving his law degree in Leader for Montgomery County De- PAGE 4 Bette Weiner Green, ‘68, Alumni Updates/Class Notes LM— reports that the 127 class (‘68) has formed a Facebook Group called Wonderful Women on Chester L. (Chet) Schneider, Former State Senator Bob Rov- 127.We have 73 members M.D., Class of ‘39—Shared his ner ‘61—was nominated by Gover- and are now planning our life’s achievements since graduating nor Edward G. Rendell, and unani- third "official" brunch at Tif- 70 years ago! He spent many years mously confirmed by the Senate, to fany’s. Open to all Class 127 as a medical missionary, first in the Temple University Board of who rsvp. The class is also Portugal and later with his first Trustee on April, 22, 2009. Rovner working on a 60th Birthday wife in Valdez, Alaska. They were was very active as a student at Tem- Got something to tell Bash in the fall. married fifty-five years when she ple; he was president of all his un- your classmates? Let passed of bone cancer. He and his dergraduate classes and president of Janet Cantwell-Papale, ‘72, LM, us know! Send your second wife currently reside in the the student body in ‘64 and ‘65. He —received an appreciation award information and photo Lancaster, PA area. He would love also served as president of his law for her work fighting cancer during (if available) to: to connect with fellow classmates. school student body in ‘67 and ‘68. The Oldtimer’s Bats and Balls Asso- Contact the Alumni office for his ciation meeting on Jan.13th at NEHS Alumni home and/or e-mail address. Alan Tepper, ‘62, LM—reported Randi’s Restaurant and Bar. Association that the class held a “Class of 62 Cottman & Algon Len Kleeman’49—reported that turns 65—Medicare Birthday party Dr. Donald Babbit, ‘74, accepted Avenues the combined classes of January and on November 14, 2009. Pictured a new position as Vice President Philadelphia, PA 19111 June 1949 held their 60th reunion below are the members of the 50th and Provost at the University of or e-mail to: on September 12, 2009 at the Reunion Committee in 2012. Details firstname.lastname@example.org Texas at Arlington. Crowne Plaza Hotel in Trevose, to come. PA. Attending the luncheon were Barry Rosenblatt, ‘74— 55 classmates and 16 wives. Class- president and owner of BR Crea- mates traveled from as far as tive Printing, Inc, Schenectady, NY, Maryland and announced the North Carolina to attend. Note: a celebration of his number of classmates still meet company’s 30th once a month (2nd Tuesday at Anniversary serv- 12:30) at Jack’s Deli on Bustleton ing Montgomery Ave. and Bucks Coun- ties as well as the Donald Hackney, F’57, LM— Greater Philadel- was inducted into the Cheyney phia area. University Athletic Hall of Fame on Friday, October, 9, 2009. Karen Marmer DeCou-Rudow, Derek F’65—reported that their class held Davis, ‘79, Ronni Manchel a 60th birthday bash in Philadelphia. is owner of Weinberg, J59 and It was so much fun that the class Derek’s, a Stan Grossman, decided not to wait for their 50th Zagat rated J’59—reported that their reunion to meet again. The 45th restaurant, 2-day 50th reunion cele- class reunion will be on April 24, at 4411 bration was a great suc- 2010 in Philadelphia. Contact Karen Main Street in Manyunk. at email@example.com or Marcy cess. On Saturday eve- Siegal Sklar at firstname.lastname@example.org ning, Oct. 24, they re- Patricia Freeman O’Neill, ‘81—was inducted into the Univer- united at the Country Carl Cherkin, ‘68, LM—was ap- sity of Delaware’s Hall of Fame on Club Diner for a dessert recep- pointed vice president of communi- November 6th, 2009, for her re- tion, and on Sunday cations for the Philadelphia Union, cord-setting achievements in the Oct. 25 they held a the new Major League Soccer Team sport of softball. luncheon at Brookside in the city. Manor at Somerton Springs. There was a Alumni Legacy Tiles great deal of picture taking, hugging and kiss- ing! They are planning Order Form Available at another 2 venue gala in 5 years, so make sure your cur- www.nehs1.com rent addresses are on file. Click on the Alumni link ALUMNI REVIEW 2009 PAGE 5 SLATE OF OFFICERS 2010- 2012 President: Ronald Colston, F’56 2010 Wall of Fame Honorees John W. Sarappo, P.E., F’50 st 1 Vice President: Carol Bombas, J’64 An engineering and construction business executive, John Sarappo has over 35 years of domestic and international ex- 2nd Vice President: Lynn Riley, J’63 perience in the process and utility industry. As President, Chairman and CEO of Foster Wheeler En- Treasurer: Myron Zonies, J’59 viresponse (a division of Foster Wheeler USA Corporation), Sarappo was responsible for the start up and operation of the company’s entry into the environmental, hazardous waste and asbestos abatement businesses. From 1975-80 Sarappo was Director of Contract Operations for Foster TONY DANZA, Wheeler Francaise. Based in Paris, he was responsible for contract operations of a STAR OF 500 person office servicing clients in Europe, North Africa, and the Middle East. STAGE, During his term as Vice President and Project Director for Forster Wheeler SCREEN USA Corporation (1990-97), Sarappo oversaw the design of a billion dollar grass- AND….NE roots refinery project to be constructed in Venezuela, oversaw a three billion dollar expansion and modernization of three refineries in Saudi Arabia, and several HIGH SCHOOL! engineering projects in the United States. No matter where he’s traveled, he has always been proud to say he grew up It’s been 42 years in Philadelphia. since a film crew fol- lowed students Stephen M. Levin, M.D., Class of ‘59 around NE for the Frederick Wiseman Dr. Levin earned his medical degree from New York University documentary, “High School.” School of Medicine in 1967, with subsequent training in surgery, psychiatry and occupational/environmental medicine. Film crews are back, and this time they He has served as a private physician, medical director, and pro- brought along a guest—Tony Danza, star of fessor of medicine in several prestigious institutions, including Mt. “Taxi,” “Who’s the Boss,” and several suc- Sinai School of Medicine. cessful Broadway shows. Danza is spending However, it is his passion for occupational and environmental the school year teaching sophomore English medicine that has taken him on his most recent path. From 2002-2006, Dr. Levin for the reality TV show, “Teach”. Although served as Principal Investigator, World Trade Center Worker & Volunteer Medi- cal Screening Program , Principal Investigator World Trade Center Data and Co- actual show details are not available yet, we ordination Center of the Medical Monitoring Program, Medical Co-Director, did catch up with Danza for an interview. World Trade Center Health Effects Treatment Program. Since 2006, Dr. Levin has Danza was born and raised in Brooklyn. served as Senior Occupational Medicine Physician, World Trade Center Data and His parents moved the family to Long Island Coordination Center of the Medical Monitoring Program. In addition, he also serves as Interim Medical Director, Worker’s Compensation Board, New York, when he was fifteen to provide a better life, NY. better schools, and better opportunities. It was one of his seminal moments and “the Douglas H. Macauley, Jr. Class of ‘66 best thing that ever happened to me.” A 3-sport athlete while at NE, Douglas Macauley earned All-Public Honors in football while playing for Charlie Martin. At graduation, After high school, he attended the Uni- he was named the outstanding senior athlete and accepted a full versity of Dubuque in Iowa where he four year scholarship to the University of Tulsa. earned a Bachelor's Degree in History Edu- He dream of professional sports was cut short by an accident, cation. but his passion for sports and education led him to a teaching and He moved back to New York and be- coaching career in the Philadelphia School District. From the 70’s through the 90’s, he led several sports teams at Dobbins High came a professional boxer—he was discov- School to their championships. ered in the rink by a casting agent for his In 2000, Macauley received the Philadelphia Coaches Association’s Coach of the role in “Taxi”. “I didn’t study or pursue an Year Award and was inducted into the Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame. acting career. In college. I actually wanted Currently, he serves as the Athletic Supersite Liaison for the School District of to be a teacher,” commented Danza. Philadelphia. In his spare time, Macauley is working with community leaders to develop Chalmers Park into an academic/athletic complex serving the North Philadelphia Continued on back page community. PAGE 6 Thanksgiving Day Game 2009 G Another great day competing against the Central Lancers! The score was indicative of how our Vikings played, win- for his last game. NE finished the season un- der new head football coach, Chris Riley (only our 12th VOLUNTEERS NEEDED Trustees for the Northeast High School Alumni Foundation. Ap- O ning the game 21-7 and giving coach since 1916) with 7 wins plicant must be a member of the the Vikings their fifth Thanks- and 4 loses and a champion- Alumni Association with a back- giving Day win in a row. ship appearance. Coach Riley ground in Accounting or Fi- The standouts in the game: is excited about the future nance. both running backs Eric Hines stating, “ We only had 10 sen- and Maxwell Award Winner iors on the team this year. The Alumni Association is look- Tylee Taylor had about 80 We can’t wait to get started ing for graduates from the past yards apiece; receivers Eric for next year.” 30 years to become active mem- Brundidge( two TD’s ); bers of the Alumni Association Rashaun Sligh (104 yards). The Board. Call 215 728-5076 for V offense was lead by Malik Stokes, who will end his four year career with 171 yards and two TD’s through the air more details. I K Reunion Schedules J’55—Planning Summer/Fall 2010 reun- ‘70—4/17/10 at the Buck Hotel. For an updated listing of ion. Contact Earl Laney 610-828-2507 Contact Harris Lacey reunions, visit the Alumni I email@example.com firstname.lastname@example.org or visit htt:// home.comcast.net/~nehs129/ section of the school’s F’60—5/1/10 at Spring Mill Country website at Club, Ivyland, PA. Contact Linda Bog- 76—2011 Reunion. Contact Harris www.nehs1.com danoff Wishner (F’60) lwish- Bookfor email@example.com N firstname.lastname@example.org J’60—4/24/10 contact Roz Barish Mazur (J’60) email@example.com ‘80—5/15/10 The Ballroom at Hamp- ton Square, Southampton, PA Con- tact: Suzan Leventhal (561) 628-2821 ARE YOU ON FACEBOOK? G J’64—10/2/10, Philmont Country Club. ‘85—Planning 15th. Contact Mark Looking to find old friends from high school? Want to Contact Alice Heller Citron at firstname.lastname@example.org find out the latest on your reunion? How about sharing F’65—4/24/2010 at Doubletree Hotel 2000—7/24/10; Hibachi at Penn’s pictures from your school at Broad & Locust. Contact Marci Sie- Landing. $65pp; $125 couple. Con- days or even photos from the S gal Sklar (215) 441-5992 email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org J’65—4/25/2010 at the Philmont tact Ejide Fashina at www.nehs159.com 2003—Planning Stages. Send updates early days of the Northeast? It’s all online at Facebook. There are several groups you can join that are only about addresses to: Joy Powell at Joynico- Northeast High and our com- Country Club. Contact Yvonne Rob- email@example.com munity. Get Online….Get erts Brand firstname.lastname@example.org Reconnected! ALUMNI REVIEW 2009 PAGE 7 M. Mark Mendel continued from page 1 Master of Arts in 1952 and a J.D. in and community affiliations, M. Mark nominee for the Leon J. Obermeyer 1957. Before attending Temple Uni- Mendel [was] a member of the Award for Outstanding Alumnus of the versity Law School, he was a Cordell American Association of University Philadelphia Public Schools. Hull Scholar at Cumberland Univer- Professors, Board of Trustees of Renowned for his successful work sity Law School in Tennessee. He Philadelphia Prisons, Philadelphia professionally and with the community, was the outstanding senior and a Committee for the United States Mendel illustrated unselfish support for member of the Sword Society Ski Team Fund, Fellowship Com- all those who [had] influenced his life (highest academic honors) at Temple mission, Advisory Group member and career, and those who will come University. He was appointed to the for the Arbitration Panels for after him. athletic coaching staff in 1951, and Health Care, and AFL and NFL lectured in the college and law schools. Players Association Representative. An active lecturer, moderator Veteran’s Memorial Garden A specialist in the field of trial law, and keynote speaker, he [had] also Mendel served for seven years as public utilities solicitor in the Law been President of the Temple Uni- versity Varsity Club and has served Ceremony Department of the City of Philadel- on the Athletic Council, the Com- phia and as solicitor of the PA Trans- mittee on Education Policies and as On Friday, May 21, the Alumni Association portation Assistance Authority. A a Commonwealth Trustee and an will honor its members who served in the member of the Philadelphia and Alumni Trustee. He [was] active in Armed Forces at a ceremony to be held in America Trial Lawyers Associations, all affairs of Temple University, and the Veterans Me- and the American and PA Bar Asso- [was] a member of Phil Alpha Delta morial Garden. ciations, Mendel was elected to a Law Fraternity and [served] on the The ceremony three year term to the Board of Di- American Arbitration Association will begin at 10AM rectors of the Philadelphia Trial Law- National Panel. and will feature a yers Association in 1970 and was its Among the outstanding awards guest speaker and President in 1978-79. Mendel has and honors bestowed upon him for Color Guard. Plan served as Trustee, Philadelphia Bar his community service, Mendel to attend rain or Foundation; Chairman, PA Trial Law- received the Distinguished Gradu- shine. Immediately following the program yers Legislative Policy Committee; ate Awards and the Northeaster of refreshments will be served. Please RSVP by and Vice President, PA Trial Lawyers the Year Award in 1985 from the May 14 if you plan to attend by e-mailing Association. Northeast High School Alumni (email@example.com) or calling the Among his numerous professional Association. In 1989, he was a alumni office (215-728-5076). IN MEMORIAM The following alumni passings were reported by George Nelson, J’41, Charles Mills J’40, Herbert Hickmott, J’43. * indicates life member and + indicates Wall of Fame, Bold indicates a member of the Alumni Board Executive Committee. Class 42 F Edwin Gienger* 50 J Joseph Simmers 43 J Edwin Nagel 50 J Harry Tyre 26 J Edward Wilson Bauman* 43 J Charles "Cal" Roessler 50 J Stanley W. Wyremski 28 J John McCormick* 44 J Harry R. Belinger* + 52 J Robert R. Rugel 29 J Russell L Herbicek 44 J Elmer W. Lepp* 54 J John Beckno, Jr. 34 F Sargent S. Hendler 46 J Irving Broudy 55 J Harvey W. Grossman* 34 J Dr. Norton Marvin Levin 47 J Stanley W. Danowski 58 J Harriet Plevinsky Krauss 37 F Joseph J. Macko* 48 J Hon. James B.Hunter, Sr.* + 58 J Lawrence Dimmer 37 J Philip M. Miller, Jr. 48 J Milton Kalmbach 60 F Stephen Grossman 38 J David F. Budenz *49 F M. Mark Mendel, Esq. * + 62 F Barbara Somers Gorchov 38 J Robert T. Cavis 49 F Charles A. Rowland, Sr.* 63 F Jeffrey B. Chaess 38 J Walter R. Lenz* 49 J Robert James Krauss 65 F Maria Creighton Manno * 38 J Leon M. Michenko 49 J Joseph Mauro* + 65 J Andrea Ackerman Cohen 39 J William C. Frey* 50 F Joseph C Rosskowski* + 65 J Judith Feldman Rothman 39 J Theodore R. Malloch, Sr. 50 F Robert C Sawyer 66 Ira H. Gross 39 J K. Cyrus Melikian 50 F Charles J Schink 69 Barbara Lindenbaum Finklestein 39 J John R. Winter* + 50 F Andrew M Specchialo 69 Hollis Hufford 39 J Paul Culp * 50 F Ronald Tollok 70 Fred Friedson 40 F William R. Miller, Jr.* 50 J Leroy Castan 77 Donna Erhart Bates 40 F William C. Reichenbach* 50 J James W Giles 79 Scott Schechter 40 J William W. Laird* 50 J George J. Kramer 87 Harry A. Jordan III * 41 F Norman Kivitz* 50 J James MacPherson * 89 Patrick Chang 41 J John M. Vanyur* 50 J Harry F Myers 95 William Kulzer 42 F George F. Brown* 50 J Samuel W Perkins Northeast High School Alumni Association NON PROFIT ORG. Cottman & Algon Aves. U.S. POSTAGE Philadelphia, PA 19111 PAID PHILDELPHIA, PA PERMIT NO. 2779 Address Service requested NEHS ALUMNI REVIEW is published each spring by the Northeast High School Alumni Asso- ciation. Stories, information, reunion sched- ules, etc. for publication must be received by the first full school week in January of the new year in order to maintain deadline. A web based version can be found at www.nehs1.com Please send all correspondence to: NEHS Alumni Association Cottman & Algon Avenues Philadelphia, PA 19111 or e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org But with the success of “Taxi” and mistrust and lack of understanding. and raised money for future NE pro- later, “Who’s the Boss”, both the boxing Danza’s passion became a reality TV jects. and the teaching careers were sidelined. show when his friend, who runs a pro- Looking back to his high school days, Although best known for his televi- duction company, encouraged, perhaps has this experience given him second sion roles, Danza is most at home on the even challenged, Danza to use the me- thoughts about his time as a student? stage. “There is nothing better than dium he knows so well to tell the story. “Well,” he says, “I’d like to call all my Broadway, the opportunity to perfect and Northeast was selected after a proc- teachers and apologize for not taking grow with the role,” explained Danza. ess eliminated the NYC school system what they did and what they taught seri- His Broadway resume includes “A View and other local school. Danza explains ously. I really wish I’d paid more atten- from a Bridge” by Arthur Miller; “The that Northeast appealed to him because tion. I get it now.” Iceman Cometh” by Eugene O’Neil and of its traditions, its diverse population, With that in mind, Danza shares his most recently Mel Brook’s “The Produc- excellent leadership, and the strength of favorite quote, from Shakespeare’s Julius ers.” its Alumni Association. Caesar, O, that a man might know the end In fact, he gave up a role in “La Cage Since September, he has made a posi- of this day's business ere it come! But it Aux Folles” on Broadway to be at North- tive impact on the school, the students sufficeth that the day will end, And then the east for the opportunity to teach in the and the faculty. His celebrity status has end is known. upcoming reality show “Teach.” brought money into the school for things So as production crews follow It all started as a passing conversation like air-conditioning the library, and his Danza through the course of his day with a friend about his passion for educa- passion has brought out the best within from lesson plans, to classroom studies, tion and the sad realities of urban educa- his students including a recent poetry to afterschool activities, he hopes to tion in public schools—where a drop out contest. awaken the public to cry for help to rate of 50% is commonplace, where par- In January, he and the students pro- improve education, not just within the ents don’t have time to be involved in duced “ExtravaDanza”, a musical revue four walls, but more importantly, at their studies, and where teacher and stu- highlighting the talents of students and home where habits, impressions and dents are divided by an unseen wall of staff. The show received rave reviews life’s lessons begin.
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