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Syosset Schools


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Syosset Schools


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A sampling of report cards
Locust Grove, Split Rock, Village, Syosset High School 


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Board of Education, pictured in the 1960 Syosset High School yearbook
Charles Voorneveld, James Collier, Russell Roetger, Elisabeth Babcock, William McGurk, Simon Wittenberg, Allen Hubbard, Samuel Glazer, William Keim.

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Frank Manarel
A leading educator and Assistant Superintendent of Schools

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 Early Science Fair awards
(image courtesy of Audrey Schwartz)



Syosset Union Free School #12
(Split Rock School)


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Trustees' Annual Report, Syosset School District No. 12, 1893
Left, cover, and right, the district's families (40) with children between the ages of 5 and 21 (95)



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Trustees' Annual Report, Syosset School District No. 12, 1893 (continued)
The Financial report, center shows that the school's only teacher, Louise Newman (shown in First Statistical, right), received $142.66 for 42 weeks work and 66 cents was allocated for the library.



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Trustees' Annual Report, Syosset School District No. 12, 1893 (continued)
The document on the left shows that 52 children of school age attended school at least some part of the school year while the average daily attendance was 30.
The document in the center lists the number of water closets or privies!
The document on the right reveals that six trees were planted and Arbor Day was celebrated on the Friday following May 1st.


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Cover of the "Split Rock School 50th Anniversary October 1974" souvenir book;
inside, the history of Split Rock School

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1904 NYS Department of Public Instruction Certificate
Elsie M. VanSise, pupil
Conrad O. Schweitzer, teacher
Elsie May VanSise passed the 8th grade exam and was therefore qualified to continue her education.
Her father, Charles Alfred VanSise, was Syosset's postmaster (1905-1927) and she served as "postmistress."
Conrad Otto Schweitzer (1882-1976) was only 21 when he taught in the one-room schoolhouse.  He later moved to New Jersey where he became Principal of Public School 8 in Passaic.


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The two-room wooden schoolhouse, early 1900s 
This two-room building was constructed c. 1905.  It was the second schoolhouse and was used until the new school was opened September 20, 1925. 
From 1919 to 1925, the firehouse on Muttontown Road was used for the younger children.  Approximately 10 years after the new school was in use, this wooden building mysteriously burned down and its rubble was buried on the site where it stood.
(photo on right, courtesy of Virginia Budd Vail Hofstad)



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The two-room schoolhouse, early 1900s


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Left, 1915:  teacher, Ruth E. Roberts
  Albert Budd, third row, third from left
           Violet Budd, fifth row, first on left
Right, 1917:  Albert Budd, third row, third from left
Violet Budd, fifth row, fourth from left
(photos courtesy of Virginia Budd Vail Hofstad)


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Grades 3, 4 and 5 taught by Mrs. Leonard, c. 1916


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c. early 1920s
(image courtesy of Tom Montalbano))


8th Grade class, c. 1923
Click on the picture for larger version and names. 
(photo courtesy of Leone Knettel Taylor)


1924, at the Syosset Firehouse on Muttontown Road
Click on the picture for larger version and names. 
Sign on bulletin board advertises DANCES, Huntington Station, Nov. 8 and 29
(photo courtesy of Mary Wencko Gaida)

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1924, at the Syosset Firehouse on Muttontown Road
This is a 1st and 2nd grade class; Mrs. Porter is the teacher.
Agnes Nowak (?), third from left, second row.

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c. 1924, at the Syosset Firehouse on Muttontown Road
(photo courtesy of Tom Montalbano)

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Grade 6, 7, and 8, taught by Miss Emma Wicks, c. 1924

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Emma Wicks' mother, May,  bought her a used piano in 1922, then a new one which served her for many years. 


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Emma Wicks' piano tuning appointment, 1937.

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1924, still in the old building
LeRoy E. Budd, first row, third from left
Nellie Nowak Boslet, third row, fourth from left

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1925, the new school!
Click on the picture for larger version and names. 

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 Nowak sisters at their desks, c. '20's
Left, Nellie; center, Stella; right, Agnes

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c. 1926, 1927, 1928
1926:  6th or 7th Grade, Stanley Kwiatkowski 1st row, 2nd from left
1928:  Agnes Nowak, 2nd row, third from right
(photos left and right, courtesy of the Kwiatkowski Family;
photo in center, courtesy of Tom Montalbano)

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Grade 4, taught by Miss Mabel Wicks, c. 1927
First row, far left, Agnes Nowak (?)


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Split Rock School c. 1928
"This is where I went to school from about the 5th to the 8th grade.  Before that there was our old wooden school on the right [not shownóJD] which I attended.  We have no High School so we had to go to either Oyster bay or Hicksville.  I picked Hicksville because it was easier to get there."  
Mildred Knettel Vanstane to her husband, Forrest Vanstane, during World War II.
(postcard courtesy of Diane Vanstane Oley)

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Grade 8, 1929

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Long Islander June 27, 1930
Among other Syosset news are two paragraphs on the Syosset School graduation,

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Nellie Nowak's 8th grade diploma, 1931 (graduated 1930)
Not visible in this picture but signed by President of Board,
 George D. Carnes; Secretary of Board, Daniel W. VanSise; Principal, Sarah B. Viste


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Grade 8, class of 1932, and names as written on the back by Ethel Greenway
The names are left to right from the top row and broken by spaces in the rows. 
The teacher was Miss Elinor Kilgallon, who later became Mrs. Hefner.
(photos courtesy of Lois Ann Greenway Helser)

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Grade 5, 1933
(image courtesy of Tom Montalbano)

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 Mildred Greenway
(image courtesy of Lois Ann Greenway Helser)

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 Syosset School playgound, c. 1930s
(image courtesy of Lois Ann Greenway Helser)

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Grade 8, 1936

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Graduation Program, 1936
(courtesy of Florence Kwiatkowski Sendrowski) 

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Syosset School basketball team, 1937

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Graduation Program, 1939
(courtesy of Florence Kwiatkowski Sendrowski) 

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8th Grade graduation, 1944, with
Franklin Delano Roosevelt Jr., speaker

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At a fair in Hicksville, c. 1940s
  Mr. Frank Manarel (school principal), his son, Ross, Sally Anne Lynch and a teacher 
(photo courtesy of Sally Anne Lynch)

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Long Islander article of May 24, 1944
Syosset School presents Arbor day program May 12th.
Trees were planted to honor war dead: Clemes
Zglieseky, George S. Tiffany, Vladimir Kozak and Robert M. Hendrickson.

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Arbor Day 1946, Girls' Glee Club
  Far left front, Margaret Melville, far right front, Rose Solnick.
Front row, Florence Rynsky (3rd), soloist, Sally Anne Lynch (4th), soloist.
Also in the photo are Dolores Horan (tall girl in back), Joan Solnick and Carolyn Solnick.
(image courtesy of Sally Anne Lynch)


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Arbor Day ceremony 1947 
Trees were planted in memory of Daniel X. Lynch, owner of the Berry Hill Service Station and a longtime member of the School Board, and Charles Everett "Dusty" DeMilt, Syosset School stationary engineer and custodian.
(photos courtesy of Sally Anne Lynch)


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Arbor Day 1947 trees planted
Left, in memory of Daniel X. Lynch
Right, in memory of "Dusty" DeMilt
(photos courtesy of Sally Anne Lynch)




Left, the girls of Mrs. Devine's 2nd grade class, Fall, 1947 
Right, 3rd grade,  6/21/49 
(photos courtesy of Lois Ann Greenway Helser)
Click on the above class pictures for larger versions and names.

Mrs. Curran's kindergarten class 1947-48
Click on the above class picture for larger version and names.

At the weekly assemblies, music teachers, such as Mr. William Healy, would lead the 
whole school in song.
One of the favorites was "The Church in the Wildwood." 
 Here is a rendition by the Carter Family.   Click here: 
The Church in the Wildwood


8th grade class trip to New York, Spring, 1951
Click on the picture for larger version and names. 



Mrs. Devine's 2nd grade class, October, 1952
(photo on right courtesy of Tom Melville)
Click on the above class pictures for larger versions and names.


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 Back and front covers of Jack and Jill magazine, September 1946,
given by Mrs. Devine (who wrote her name on the top right) to her 2nd grade student, Pam Boslet, in 1952

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8th grade class trip to New York, Spring, 1952
 Left to right, first row:  Bob Hammond, Janet Day, Peter Kahn, Monica Rumpf, Marie Maimone, Mrs. Elinor Hefner, Dave Rowntree, Dick Storz.  Second row:  Mr. Frank Manarel, Stan Kwiatkowski, Royall Victor III (Mike), Bob Holm, John Burckley 
(photo courtesy of Robert Holm)


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8th grade graduation day, June 20, 1952
  Left to right:  Joyce Hale, Janet Day, Marie Maimone, Stan Kwiatkowski, Monica Rumpf, Bob Holm, Royall Victor III (Mike), John Burckley,
Bob Hammond, Dick Storz, Peter Kahn, Dave Rountree 
(photo courtesy of Robert Holm)

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8th grade graduation, June 20, 1952
(photo courtesy of Robert Holm)

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Graduation Program, 1953 



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Top: Grades 2 (Christine Leuteman?, top row 3rd; Gregory Land, 3rd row 6th), 3 and 6 (split session);
Bottom: Grades 6 (split session), 7, and 8 
Click on the above class pictures for larger versions and names (for 3rd through 8th.)
(Grade 2, courtesy of the estate of Gregory Land;
Grade 7, courtesy of Florence Kwiatkowski Sendrowski)



Grade 5 morning session
Click on the above class picture for larger version and names 
(image courtesy of Ray Orobona)



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1954;  Sight-seeing boat trip around Manhattan Island
Left to right: Matthew Lewin, Ronald Berg, Ray Orobona, Burleigh Horan and Bernard Seringer
(image courtesy of Ray Orobona)


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Grade 5  afternoon session
Click on the above class picture for larger version and names 
(image courtesy of Shirlee Sarver Iacono)


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8th grade diploma, 1954;
John Day, President, Board of Education; Frank Manarel, Principal

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Graduation 1955
Florence Kwiatkowski and John Morris
Florence is crying because she didn't want to leave Split Rock School.
(image courtesy of Florence Kwiatkowski Sendrowski)

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Pam Boslet's 4th grade Memory Book, 1955


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Pictures from Memory Book
Right, Evans W. Moore, principal

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Left, clockwise from left, Pauline (Cookie) Vormittag, Pam Boslet, Bernadette Waters and Margaret (Peggy) Dunlap
Center, clockwise from left, Robert Sackett, David Dowling, Robert Carra and John Flower
Right, clockwise from left, Norman Marstead, Bronnie Smith and Sandra Bartleski


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Autographs from Memory Book ("Ike Boslet" was Pam's dog.)

8th grade graduation, 1956
Click on the above class picture for larger version and names.
(photo courtesy of Barbara Holm Britton)

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Mrs. Homire's 2nd grade class, February 1957
Standing by window: Peter Eastman ?
Standing in front of class;  Mike Rose, Cathy Kawacki
by column, top left to lower right:
unknown female, Frank Langa, Pam Cheshire, Helen Sparkes
next column: David Gilbert, unknown female, James Metz, unknown male
next column: Danny Horton, Jeff Gotheart, unknown male, Kelly Charters, Karl Northguard*
next column: Peter Beaurman, Peggy Papsin ?, Doug Stern, Chris Fry, Eileen Rupprecht
next column: Geoffery ---?, Spencer Dayton , Hugh Fisher, Paul Antkow
next column: Jim Puccio, Tom Rinaldo,  unknown female, Robert Hicks
(image courtesy of Robert Hicks)

Mr. Bensen's 6th grade class, 1957
Click on the picture for larger version and names. 

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"Split Rock School Has Closing Exercises" 
1957 Syosset Advance article with handwritten corrections by Pam Boslet
(more corrections:  "Mellville" should be "Melville"; "Mrs. Gearhart" should be "Mr. Gearhart.")

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Denise Frazer and her dog Missy, 1957
   In the background is Split Rock's field and Monfort Place.

Mr. Parkes' 6th grade class, 1965
Click on the above class picture for larger version and names.

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Mrs. Agell's  6th grade class, 1974

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Newsday, Split Rock School celebrates 50th anniversary in 1974
(image courtesy of Brian Pauleen)

Below, Split Rock School teachers:

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Miss Brandes, c. 1929

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Left, Miss Pauline Hise (later Mrs. Theodore Galiza) with Sally Anne Lynch, c. 1930s
Right, Mrs. Catherine Devine, 1958 
(photos courtesy of Sally Anne Lynch)


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Left, Mrs. Downer and Mrs. Minard, 1947
Right, Miss Laura Spain, center, with Florence Rynsky and Patty Kressly
(photos courtesy of Sally Anne Lynch)


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Left, 5th grade teacher Conrad Schwarz and Pam Boslet, 1956; 
center, 6th grade teacher Mr. Bensen and Pam, 1957; right, Wilson Gearhart, Principal

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 Mr. Bensen, Principal, at the school's south entrance, 1957
   Is your bike there?


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Left, 1956
Center and right, 1984, only a few months before destruction 
(1984 photos, courtesy of Tom Melville)

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All that remains, July, 2000
A "Field of Dreams," site of Syosset Little League from 1953 to 1955


Locust Grove School


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One room Locust Grove School #14
It was moved from its original location and used as a storage shed
by the NYS D.O.T until 1979.
It was probably  the second Locust Grove School at James Street and South Oyster Bay Road, 
the first being at what is now Underhill Boulevard and Jericho Turnpike.
(images courtesy of Tom Montalbano)



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c. 1945, the third and final Locust Grove School on Humphrey Drive

Robin Boslet on the left


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 Robin Boslet running through the school field,  c. 1945

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First row, left, George Hvidsten, Rita Viette (3rd), far right in light coat, Robin Boslet; second row, left, Douglas Baird, far right, Johnnie Watson; third row, left, Al "Alfie" Healy, Roddy Mackenzie, Roger Alligier, Henry Miller (6th), far right, Ruth Monilaws

Mrs. Brush's kindergarten class
(photo courtesy of Lorraine Graf Zabel)
Click on the above picture for larger version and probable names

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George Graf, Lorraine Graf and Don Andersen just after the first day of school at Locust Grove, Mrs. Brush's class, September 1950.
(image courtesy of Gary Zabel)

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Graduation 1951
Right, Celeste Viscardi looking forward; Donna Viscardi facing camera
(image courtesy of Stephanie Ferri Green)

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Teachers at 1951 Graduation
Far left, Mrs. Hilda Brush. Second from left, Ms. Rinaldi
(image courtesy of Stephanie Ferri Green)

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"Wings for Locust Grove", school musical program, May 1952, 
celebrating the new addition to the  school 
(courtesy of Douglas Baird)



Class of 1954 
(photos courtesy of Douglas Baird)
Click on the above class pictures for larger versions and names

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Ms. Doris Klenkel's kindergarten class, March 1955.
Bob Brussack is the boy in the dark shirt in the middle of the photograph.

(image courtesy of Bob Brussack)

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Mrs. Dubsky's kindergarten class, 1957-58
In second row:  Mrs. Dubsky and Principal Tomashefsky;
Third row:  Charlie Abrams (2nd), Ann Steffany (3rd), Stephen Fricker (4th);
Bottom row:  Billy Hildebrandt (3rd), David Aldrich (5th) 
(image courtesy of Stephen Fricker)

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Ginny and Terri Ferri at the playground in 1961
(image courtesy of Stephanie Ferri Green)

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Locust Grove School is now
the Variety Child Learning Center.

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2005:  The front of the original building that was Locust Grove School
(image courtesy of Karen Laschitza Glutz and Clara Yoepp Gamer)

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Reunion of classes from 1938 to the 1950s
at the
Fulton & Prime Steak House, 352 Jericho Turnpike, October 12, 2008
Left to right:  Wally Stanton, Joan Steiniger, Amy Rebetti and Diane Morris 

(image courtesy of Amy Rebetti Schick)

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advice by Ian Mackenzie, Locust Grove School, class of 1938



Woodbury School


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Left, the original 1748 one-room school originally on Woodbury Road and Jericho Turnpike
It was moved to a private estate; this picture was taken c. 1920s-30s
Right, second school, early 1900s, replaced in 1927 (see Syosset High School) 

(photos courtesy of Tom Montalbano)



T. V. Summers School

Named for prominent attorney and church leader, Theodore V. Summers (1903-1954),
the school on Ketchams Road was part of the school district from 1955 to 1976 after which 
it was demolished to make way for the Campus Estates housing development.


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Below, school pictures 1965, 1967-1971 courtesy of Steve Griffin:


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Kindergarten, 1965
Bottom row: : Steve Griffin, unidentified
 Middle row: Unidentified, Beth Johnson, Steven Lazar, unidentified, Keith Gregory, Shari Kellman, Stephen Mandresh
 Top row: Karen Wolski, Michael Weinstein, unidentified, Miss Regan, Vincent Cardillo, Janice Cicchetti, Robert Neuendorf.

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2nd Grade, 1967
Bottom row: Steve Griffin, Shari Kellman, Brian McGee, Marjorie Schwartz, Keith Gregory.
Middle row: Michael Weinstein, Cindy Kaplan, Robert Neuendorf, Marla Richmond, Alan Cohen, Diane Seiden
 Top row: Mrs. Barth, Joshua Weider, Karen Wolski, Ronnie Lehman, Joanne Hunter

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3rd Grade, 1968
Bottom row: Cindy Kaplan, Steve Griffin, Joanne Hunter, Robert Neuendorf, Linda Shickler, unidentified, Diane Seiden.
Top row: Steven Lazar, Janice Cicchetti, Mrs. Levy, unidentified, Stefan Chasnov, Alan Cohen, Robin Klauber, Ronnie Lehman

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4th Grade, 1969
Bottom row: Steven Lazar, Laura Dudley.
Middle row: Shari Kellman, Brian Sneeden, Shari Meltzer, Alan Cohen, Marla Richmond, Steve Griffin, Linda Shickler
Top row: unidentified, Karen Wolski, Mrs. Deering, Ronnie Lehman, Karyn Klauber, Stefan Chasnov, Joanne Hunter, unidentified.

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5th Grade, 1970
Bottom row: Laura Dudley, Marla Richmond, Resa Feinberg, Joanne Hunter, Janice Cicchetti, Donna Coughlin, Shari Kellman
 Top row: Steven Lazar, Mrs. Rooney, Brian McGee, Neil Feinstein, Steve Griffin, Vincent Cardillo, Joshua Weider, Stefan Chasnov, unidentified, Christopher Vacca

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6th Grade, 1971
Bottom row:  unidentified, Laura Dudley, Brian Sneeden, Kathy Macco, Scott Amoroso, Rochelle Baer, Christopher Vacca, Shari Kellman
Middle row: Alan Cohen, Elizabeth Lepow, unidentified, unidentified, Michael Weinstein, unidentified, Ronnie Lehman, Marla Richmond. 
Top row: Mrs. Borkan, Cindy Kaplan, Stefan Chasnov, Lisa Odabasi, Robert Neuendorf, Karen Wolski, Steve Griffin.



Walt Whitman School


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Walt Whitman Elementary School, 482 Woodbury Road

Miss Avino's 7th grade class, 1955 
(photo courtesy of Carole Ingrao Tunstall)
Click on the picture for larger version and names.

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Mr. Scala's 8th grade class, 1956 
Click on the picture for larger version and names.
(photo by, and courtesy of, Marie Manning)
Right, Marie with Mr. Scala
(photo courtesy of Marie Manning) 


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Miss L. Bancheri's grade 5, fall 1954
Carol Ann Petito, 2nd row on right, third from right. 
(courtesy of Carol Ann Petito Babina)



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Mr. R. Lowes' grade 6, November 1955
Carol Ann Petito at window curtain
(courtesy of Carol Ann Petito Babina)



  Village School


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1954, 1955 (from the Syosset Advance) and 2000



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The proposition to finance the Village School, March 31, 1953
It contains interesting statistics and includes an architect's rendering of the building and a floor plan.
(courtesy of Bob Swanson)


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Cornerstone ceremony, 1954
Left, Mr. John Day, unidentified, unidentified, Dr. Ernest Weinrich, Superintendent of Schools, laying the stone, unidentified, Mr. George Hofgren, Frank Manarel.
Right, at the podium, Mr. William Kupec, principal, Mr. Hofgren and Dr. Weinrich.
(photos courtesy of Fritz Weinrich)

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Second, and last,  8th grade graduation program, 1956

Below, 7th Grade 1954-55 Memory Book:
(images courtesy of David Land)



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Left, William Kupec, principal; 
Right, Robert Rutzel, class athlete


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Left, clockwise from top left, Otto Krebs, Joan Morrison, Mike Hofgren, Rosemary Yannotti;
Right, clockwise from top left, Bob Worrell, Sandra Gay, John Delin, Carol Tremont


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Left, clockwise from top left, Warren Pollock, Geri Van Rees, Peter Eriksen, Priscilla Thralls;
Right, clockwise from top left, Gary Zabel, Steve Zajac


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Autographs from Memory Book 

8th grade graduation, 1956

Mr. Blossfield's 8th grade class, 1956

(Images courtesy of Annita Harless Sours)     


Mr. Parkes' 7th grade class, 1956
This was his first teaching assigment
(Image, id's and information courtesy of Shirlee Sarver Iacono and Colin Jones)

Click on the above class pictures for larger versions and names

Below, 6th Grade 1954-55 Memory Book:
(images courtesy of Paul Poschmann)


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Mrs. Carolyn Anner, teacher

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Paul Poschmann



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Left, clockwise from top left,Joe Hickey, Randy Chapman, Tom Whitenack;
Right, clockwise from top left, Gerard Dooney, Joan Chasan, Florence Gerber, Tommy Marzola


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Left, clockwise from top right, Sandy Christiano, Larry Ebel, Tom Letsch; 
Right, clockwise from top left, Larry Gorman, Linda Denaga, Denis Norman, Mel Frankel



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                 Autographs from Memory Book  (Linda Carol Walters.  If you are reading this, please conract us!)

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Left, Village School salutatorian medal, 1956
Right, the salutatorian, John Delin


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Schoolchildren in spring of '56
Image on left, front row:  Ronnie Reilly? (3rd), Frank Alleva? (4th);
back row:  Greg Johnson (2nd), Tricia Mierisch (3rd), Renee Schwartz? (15th)
(photos courtesy of Priscilla Thralls King)


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Village School, 3/9/56
(courtesy of Shirlee Sarver iacono)

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Jane Puccio and Shirlee Sarver in 7th grade classroom,1956
(courtesy of Shirlee Sarver iacono)


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Grade Three 1958
(images courtesy of Joy Tuxon)


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(donated by Brian Fitterman) 



South Grove School


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South Grove Elementary School, 60 Colony Lane c. 1955
(image courtesy of Dee Drost Stevens)

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Recent image of South Grove Elementary School




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Mr. J. Tobin's  grade 5, 1955
Front row-_________,__________,Kevin Sullivan, Bob Grasso(?)
Second Row-Fran Seigel, Dee Drost,________, Laurel (?), Don Rase
Third Row-Cheryl Chertoff, Steve Rubin,_________, __________, Bill Price
Fourth Row-________, Annabelle Kerins, Carrie Greene, Ricky (?), Mike Bransfield
Fifth Row-Alan Sherman, Lynn Wrege, Bob Harris, Fernando Licopoli, Art Fitzgerald
Back Row-________, Susan Brissman,Mike Hoey, Jeff Geller

Can anyone supply the missing names?
(courtesy of Dee Drost Stevens)

Mrs. H. Taplin's 6th grade class, 1955 
Click on the picture for larger version and names.
(photo courtesy of Janet Ellen Lusk)

Mrs. Smith's 7th grade class, 1955 
Click on the picture for larger version and names.
(photo courtesy of Peter Smothergill)

Mr. Downes' 8th grade class, 1955 
Click on the picture for larger version and names.
(photo courtesy of Dan Smothergill)

Mrs. H. Taplin's 6th grade class, 1956
Click on the picture for larger version and names.
(image courtesy of Dee Drost Stevens)


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Mr. William Hildebrandt, Principal, c. 1959
(image courtesy of Dee Drost Stevens)

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Faculty c. 1959
(image courtesy of Dee Drost Stevens)

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Mrs. Cora Cullen, school nurse,  with unidentified student c. 1959
(image courtesy of Dee Drost Stevens)

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Safety Patrol, c. 1959
(image courtesy of Dee Drost Stevens)

Left, Miss Hickey's Kindergarten class, 1958
Right, Miss Herlihy's 1st grade class, 1959
Click on the pictures for larger versions and names.
(photos courtesy of Jeanne Sittig Moore)

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Grade 2 Mrs. Kennedy 1965
"I am middle row 2nd from the right... Lawrence end on the left middle row, Peter Lafouche (not sure of spelling) top row 3rd from left. Sharon? 4th from left middle row" óJaneen
(photo courtesy of Janeen Fisher Shaw)

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Grade 3 Miss Flood 1966
"I am top row 2nd from the right. Mark Fentress is next to the teacher. Angelica Adam bottom row 2nd from left, Ed on the end next to her, Debbie Ganz bottom row 2nd from right . Lilli Ann middle row 4th from right , Sharon? middle row 2nd from left, Peter Lafouche 3rd from right middle row. Sharon , bottom row 4th from right. óJaneen
(photo courtesy of Janeen Fisher Shaw)

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Grade 4 Miss Krug 1967
"I am middle row 5th from the left .Mark Fentress is top row 4th from the right. Angelica Adam 7th from left middle row. Debbie Ganz bottom row 1st on the right and Lilli Ann 1st on left also on the bottom row. Bottom row 3rd from right, Terri, 5th from right, Sharon, Ed middle row 2nd from left and Sharon ?5th from left bottom row." óJaneen
(photo courtesy of Janeen Fisher Shaw)

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Grade 5 Mr Shank 1968
"I am bottom row 3rd from left. Lilli Ann bottom row 2nd from right. Ed top row end left and the rest are a blur I'm afraid. However I have a signed memento with the following names but can't put the faces to them; they are as follows: Jeff, Tom, Dan, Mary, Stein, Marsha, Connie, Amy, Billy, Robert, George, Steve, Patricia and John."óJaneen  
(photo courtesy of Janeen Fisher Shaw)

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6th Grade trip to Washington, 1966
(photo courtesy of Randy Stricker)

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South Grove Schools 50th Birthday Party
Left,  Mr. William Hildebrandt, the principal of South Grove in its early years, with Larry Ciappa
Center, Mr. Hildebrandt and Randy Stricker
Right, Miss Cheifo, Music teacher at South Grove from the 50's till her retirement many years later
(images courtesy of Randy Stricker)

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Vincent Ferri receives his diploma at the 6th grade graduation, June 1977
(image courtesy of Stephanie Ferri Green)

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(donated by Brian Fitterman) 



Willits Elementary School


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 Alice P. Willits Elementary School, 99 Nana Place
The school's name was corrected from "Alice P. Willets" c. 1965
Miss Alice P. Willits was born c. 1866.  
William Willits, father of Alice and her three sisters, owned lots of land in Locust Grove in the 19th and 20th centuries.
The old Locust Grove elementary school was on his property.  Census records from 1900 reveal that Alice was a school teacher and she could have taught there.  He owned on both sides of Jericho Turnpike and on both sides of the old Underhill Boulevard.  The LIRR went through his land.  The old school was on the north side of the turnpike and the east side of the old Underhill Boulevard.
In 1939, there was still a W. Willits estate on the north side of the turnpike.  On the south, his old property was divided and owned by the Lewis Homes, Joseph Klein and the bank of Syosset.  Now, the streets are Elm Pl and Oak Dr. and Locust Lane among many others, all on land once owned by the Willits family.  As for the Willits School, it's hard to figure where Nana Pl is on old maps; there are lots of owners, but the Willits family did not own that land.

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 Early Field Day awards
(image courtesy of Audrey Schwartz)

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 Mr. Carle's Band Class, 1955
In this photo: Mr. Carle, Tom Wasson (seated 2nd), John Wright (seated 3rd), Bob Hamilton (seated 4th), Phil Bonacorsa (seated 6th), Mike Ries (on drums), Hal Pollock (rear, obscured), Betsy Smith (on flute), John Duffy, Steve Denes (sax),  
(courtesy of Michael Ries).

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 Miss Woesthoff's 7th grade class, Dec. 1955
Click on the picture for larger version and names.
(courtesy of Michael Ries)

 Mrs. Brush's 8th grade class, c. 1956
Click on the picture for larger version and names.

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 Miss Zimmer 2nd Grade 1958
Row1-floor: Terry Mesler- Arthur Mehmel -  Jimmy Sheehan - Teddy Swinecki - Richard Geronimo - Michael Cellamare- Roy Morrison
Row 2: Cheryl Kimchy-Barbara-Jean Magnani- Anne Radigan - Martha E. Schwartz - Joan Hrymack - Susan Gran
Row 3- top: John Matininco - Douglas Burtow - Bethanne L'Hommedieu -
Laura Ann Hayden - Ricky Sendele - Bruce Durton
(image courtesy of Randee Burke Tavarez)

Miss Sheraga's 2nd grade class, 1962
Click on the picture for larger version and names.
(image courtesy of Eileen Green Alexander) 



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The King and I, 1966
(courtesy of Eileen Green Alexander)

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(donated by Brian Fitterman) 


Baylis Elementary School


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 Baylis Elementary School, 580 Woodbury Road

Mrs. J. Cole's 7th grade class, Dec. 1955 
Click on the picture for larger version and names.
(photo courtesy of Janet Ellen Lusk)

Miss Cammarota's 8th grade class '55-'56
Click on the above class picture for larger version and names.
(photo courtesy of Peter Smothergill)

Mr. Oscar Pultz's 8th grade class '55-'56
Click on the above class picture for larger version and names.

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Mr. James Mahoney's 4th grade class, June 2, 1959
It was the 500th group to travel on the LI Rail Road. 
Mr. Mahoney is in back row, second from right.
Shelley Keir is in third row, sixth from left.
(image courtesy of Michele"Shelley" Keir)

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Baylis Band, December 1959
Shelley Keir is in third row, second from right, with clarinet.
(image courtesy of Michele"Shelley" Keir)

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Mr. Cohen's  6th grade class, September 1960
Fred Polner is second from right on floor; Shelley Keir is at far right.
(image courtesy of  Michele"Shelley" Keir)

Mr. Cohen's  4th grade class, 1961
Click on the picture for larger version and names.
(image courtesy of Sherry Podgorsky) 

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6th Grade dance, c. 1961
Carl Giggamotso, Randee Burke, unidentified, Richard Vitale, 
(image courtesy of Randee Burke Tavarez) 

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Mrs. Hess' 1st Grade Class, April 1969
Tom Montalbano is right behind the sign in the first row.
(image courtesy of Tom Montalbano)



Berry Hill School

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Berry Hill Elementary School on Cold Spring Road, 2000
(photo by Michael Mark)

Mr. Gross' 4th grade class, 1962
Click on the picture for larger version and names.
(image courtesy of Robert Tolins) 

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(donated by Brian Fitterman) 



Robbins Lane  School

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Robbins Lane School, 157 Robbins Lane


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Michael Mark, third grade, c. 1958
(image courtesy of Michael Mark)



Green Hill Country Day School

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Nursery School, 1958-1959
Back row:  Far left, Jeffrey Domber and David Gantman
Far right, Robin Haas and Debbie Spring
Seated: left, Eric Jupiter, Debbie Adams
Ruth Schondelmeir is 4th girl from left.
(image courtesy of Eric Jupiter)

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Green Hill Country Day Camp
Camper Achievement Award, 1960; Swimming Skills card

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Memories of Green Hill Country Day School
(courtesy of Donna Trapeo-Viesti)

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This is a gem.  This vintage vehicle was once owned  by the Green Hill Country Day School:
"My name is Tim Price and I purchased a mid 1950's Chevy Suburban with a logo on the side of it and was hoping someone could find a picture of it or find some information on it. I would love to learn about the background on the vehicle. It is in need of restoration and I will be starting it soon and would love to have a story to go with it. I will send pictures of the suburban and the logo. Any help would be great! Thank you,Timothy Price."
(image courtesy of Timothy Price)

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Logo on Chevy Suburban
(image courtesy of Timothy Price)



Our Lady of Mercy Academy


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Our Lady of Mercy Academy on Convent Road


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Early postcards


Below, images from the OLMA 1956 yearbook:

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Aerial view 

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Path to the OLMA Pond
(not to be confused with Burckley's Pond across the road)


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The Pond

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Outside the Syosset Sweet Shop, c. 1955

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OLMA Crest

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1957 Yearbook

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1956-57 Juniors

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8th grade graduation 6/59

Pat Murphy and Stephanie Ferri
(image courtesy of Stephanie Ferri Green)

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Peter-Thomas Rohrbach, O.C.D, The Search for St. ThťrŤse, Hanover House, 1961
from the Our Lady of Mercy Library, c. '60s 

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1976 prom mug


Harry B. Thompson
Junior High School

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(photos courtesy of The Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division, Gottscho-Schleisner Collection:
    left, LC-G613-78807; right, LC-G613-78808)

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(photos courtesy of The Library of Congress,  Prints and Photographs Division,
 Gottscho-Schleisner Collection:
    left, LC-G613-78818; right, LC-G613-78820)

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Science Room 

(photos courtesy of The Library of Congress,  Prints and Photographs Division,
  Gottscho-Schleisner Collection:
    left, LC-G613-78822; right, LC-G613-78817)

Mr. Siudzinski's 6th Grade class, May 1962
Click on the picture for larger version and names.
(photo courtesy of Richard Weidmann)


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Sweatshirt c. 1970s


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Yearbooks 1978 and 1979 


South Woods Middle School

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South Woods Middle School (formerly Junior High), 2003
It opened in the fall of 1959.

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