Welcome !

WE THE GRADUATES, the illustrious class of 1962, having departed from our Alma Mater some 49 years ago, have moved through the world with good effect. Among our ranks there can be found; College Professors, Mayors, Lawyers , Engineers, War Heroes, Fire Fighters, Educators, Published Authors, Artists and Well-known Entertainers just to name a few of our many, many achievements. As of this writing, we have not yet uncovered a good horse thief or pirate, but we are still searching.

If you graduated Belleville High in 1962, please contact us !! Contact classmate Norman Price - norman.price_nj@yahoo.com

Or, join us on Facebook; you will find many of your classmates already gathered there at "Belleville High School Class of 1962"

Veterans Note: Our class committee maintains an on-line roster of classmates who have served in the Armed Services. You can view it here ==> Roster. If you have served in the military and your name is not yet on the roster, forward your information to the email address above and it will be added to the roster with thanks.

Please note: all "Links To Class of 62 Sites" are repaired and functional.

NEW - Classmate Ray Hackett has shared with us his collection of Basketball action shots and news clips. Click here to view the collection ==> Basketball.

NEW - A Varsity Football Program from Nov. 4, 1961 is now available in the photo gallery. The Program is courtesy of Classmate Nina Pipitone Colannino. Click here to view the Program ==> Program.

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The Class of 1962


Check back often as we unfold the history, exploits and adventures of the Illustrious Class of 1962 who once graced the halls and classrooms of Belleville High School, Belleville, New Jersey.

Note ! The 1962 Monad is now available to view in the photo gallery.

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Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Our Leader

Back then .. all those years ago .. we possessed more wisdom than we knew. We had been called upon to make a choice, a serious, hard-nosed choice that would affect us far into the future. We were called upon to choose a leader, someone from our class of very talented people, a leader among achievers, someone to represent us to the world, someone to keep us gathered together and in touch for years to come.

We searched everywhere. We searched the classrooms and the playing fields. We searched the labs, study halls and cafeteria. We searched the malt shops, the pizza parlors and even under the hoods of snazzy hot-rods. We searched down by the river side .. there!! .. out on the water, stroking like a galley slave in a long boat! It was Andy .. stroke, stroke .. strong back .. stroke, stroke .. keen eye .. stroke, stroke. He was made of tough stuff as were we all. Yes, he would be the one. Promptly, we elected him our President.

Decades have now passed. Never have we regretted our choice for a leader of our sterling Class. Andy .. Dr. Andrew Provence .. has done us proud. This from his Facebook bio -

"I grew up in Belleville, NJ where I was graduated from Belleville HS. I received a MA from Seton Hall U and doctorate from Rutgers University. I dedicated my entire life to education in every position from teacher to assistant superintendent."

The call has gone out. Dr. Andy says it's time for us to gather, time to celebrate 50 years of achievement, time to celebrate our Alma Mater. We'll be there.

Friday, July 23, 2010


President Dwight D. Eisenhower

It's the summer of '58. Elementary school graduates of June, we are spending our last summer as youngsters before we embark on an exciting and traumatic career as full-fledged high school teenagers. What sort of a world was it that we lived in, that was molding us as we prepared ourselves to become Belleville High School alumni ? Here are some highlights, this was our world in 1958 -

Dwight D. Eisenhower is President. In the news, it is the age of Fidel Castro, Nikita Khrushchev, Charles de Gaulle, Harold Macmillan and Pope Pius XII. We are deep into the Cold War and the Cuban Revolution is raging. There are still 48 states.

Elvis Presley is called to join the Army, Edsel Automobiles are introduced, NASA is created by Congress, it's the very first days of the space age. The first trans Atlantic passenger jet service begins by BOAC. The U.S. answers with the Boeing 707, the Bossa Nova is the new dance craze, Americans buy 100 million Hula Hoops.

Hollywood offered us: The Bridge on the River Kwai , Vertigo, Gigi, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, The Defiant Ones, Auntie Mame, South Pacific and King Creole.

NY Yankees beat the Milwaukee Braves (4-3) in the World Series. The New York Giants become the San Francisco Giants The Brooklyn Dodgers become the Los Angeles Dodgers. Tim Tam wins the Kentucky Derby. Sugar Ray Robinson wins the middleweight boxing title for a record fifth time

The median U.S. family income is $5,087. A family size Chevrolet sells for $2,081, a gallon of gasoline is 30.4¢, a pair of blue jeans sells for $3.75, a pound of round steak costs $1.04, a pound of chicken costs 46.5¢, a Nathan's hot dog costs 25¢, a ticket to a Broadway musical costs $8.05. a roundtrip flight to London from New York costs $453.60,

Most important of all was the music. Music is what feelings sound like. Anyone who wants to know what it felt like to be a young teenager in 1958, listen to our music, it tells you everything. Here is a cross-section of music originating in that year.

At the Hop Danny and the Juniors, Great Balls of Fire Jerry Lee Lewis, All the Way Frank Sinatra, Stood Up Ricky Nelson, Don't Elvis Presley, Short Shorts Royal Teens, Sugartime The McGuire Sisters, Get a Job The Silhouettes, 26 Miles (Santa Catalina) The Four Preps, A Wonderful Time Up There Pat Boone, Tequila The Champs, Sweet Little Sixteen Chuck Berry, Catch a Falling Star Perry Como, Are You Sincere Andy Williams, Lollipop The Chordettes, He's Got the Whole World in His Hands Laurie London, Twilight Time Platters, Witch Doctor David Seville, Wear My Ring Around Your Neck Elvis Presley, All I Have to Do is Dream The Everly Brothers, Purple People Eater Sheb Wooley, Big Man The Four Preps, Secretly Jimmie Rodgers, Hard Headed Woman Elvis Presley, Yakety Yak Coasters, Patricia Perez Prado, Poor Little Fool Ricky Nelson, Splish Splash Bobby Darin, Volare (Nel Blu Dipinto Blu) Dominico Modugno, My True Love Jack Scott, Little Star The Elegants, Bird Dog The Everly Brothers, It's All in the Game Tommy Edwards, Rockin Robin Bobby Day, Topsy II Cozy Cole, It's Only Make Believe Conway Twitty, Tom Dooley The Kingston Trio, To Know Him Is To Love Him Teddy Bears, Problems The Everly Brothers, The Chipmunk Song David Seville, Don't/I Beg You Elvis Presley, Born Too Late Poni-Tails, Johnny B. Goode Chuck Berry, Rebel Rouser Duane Eddy, Chantilly Lace J.P. Richardson (The Big Bopper), Book of Love The Monotones, Summertime Blues Eddie Cochran, Breathless Jerry Lee Lewis, Good Golly Miss Molly Little Richard, La Bamba Ritchie Valens, Fever Peggy Lee, Do You Wanna Dance? Bobby Freeman, Maybe Chantels, The Stroll The Diamonds, Who's Sorry Now? Connie Francis, Tears on My Pillow Little Anthony and The Imperials, Oh Boy Buddy Holly and the Crickets, Maybe Baby Buddy Holly and the Crickets, Rave On Buddy Holly and the Crickets, Jingle Bell Rock Bobby Helms, Deedee Dinah Frankie Avalon, Lonesome Town Ricky Nelson

And then there was television. We are the generation who was present at the birth of popular television. Most of us can remember the first time we ever saw one of these things, probably around 1950 or so. Television tried to influence our lives, maybe it did to some extent, but not nearly as much as the music. Perhaps you remember some of these shows. This was the prime time, network schedule for 1958 -

You Asked For It, Maverick, Lawman, Colt .45, Encounter, Lassie, Jack Benny, Bachelor Father, Ed Sullivan, General Electric Theater, Alfred Hitchcock Presents, $64,000 Question, What's My Line? Saber of London, Northwest Passage, Steve Allen, Dinah Shore, Loretta Young.

Polka-Go-Round, Bold Journey, Voice of Firestone, Anybody Can Play, This is Music, Name That Tune, The Texan, Father Knows Best, Danny Thomas, Ann Sothern, Westinghouse Desilu Playhouse, Tic Tac Dough, Restless Gun, Tales of Wells Fargo, Peter Gunn, Alcoa Theatre/Goodyear Television Playhouse, Arthur Murray Party.

Cheyenne, Sugarfoot, Bronco, Wyatt Earp, The Rifleman, Naked City, Confession, Stars in Action, Keep Talking, To Tell the Truth, Arthur Godfrey, Red Skelton, Garry Moore, Dragnet, George Gobel, Eddie Fisher, George Burns, Bob Cummings, The Californians.

Lawrence Welk, Ozzie and Harriet, Donna Reed, Patti Page, Wednesday Night Fights, Twilight Theater, Pursuit, The Millionaire, I've Got a Secret, Armstrong Circle Theatre, United States Steel Hour, Wagon Train, The Price is Right, Milton Berle, Bat Masterson, This is Your Life.

Leave It to Beaver, Zorro, The Real McCoys, Pat Boone, The Rough Riders, Traffic Court, I Love Lucy, December Bride, Yancy Derringer, Dick Powell's Zane Grey Theater, Playhouse 90, Jefferson Drum, Ed Wynn, Twenty One, Behind Closed Doors, Tennessee Ernie Ford, You Bet Your Life, Masquerade Party

Adventures of Rin Tin Tin, Walt Disney Presents, Man with a Camera, Tombstone Territory, 77 Sunset Strip, Your Hit Parade, Trackdown, Jackie Gleason, Phil Silvers, Schlitz Playhouse, Lux Playhouse, The Lineup, Person to Person, Buckskin, Adventures of Ellery Queen, M Squad, The Thin Man, Gillette Cavalcade of Sports, Man Without a Gun This is Alice, How to Marry a Millionaire, Premiere Performance (20th Century Fox movies)

Dick Clark Saturday Night, Jubilee USA, Lawrence Welk, Sammy Kaye's Music from Manhattan, Perry Mason, Wanted: Dead or Alive, Gale Storm, Have Gun – Will Travel, Gunsmoke, People are Funny, Perry Como, Steve Canyon, Cimarron City, Brains & Brawn

It was 1958 and we were on our way. We never looked back. With brave hearts, perhaps just a touch of trepidation, we entered the halls and homerooms of Belleville High School. The Class of 1962 was rolling.


Visit our Facebook page for 8th grade class pictures of the classes of 1958 !

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Our Academic Ancestors

We were the 65th class to graduate from the hallowed halls of Belleville High, that school nestled in the folds of Jersey, in a quiet vale. The high school program was initiated in 1896. At first, it was a two year program. The first graduating class was 1898. The earliest class to leave us a photographic record of themselves was the Class of 1901. We see them here posing for their class picture. Back row center is Alice Bricker, head mistress, principle and lead instructor. To her left and right were her assistant teachers. The graduating class were five in number, the two gentlemen standing and the three ladies seated. The school building behind them was "The Academy", Belleville's first public school in general and first high school as well. It was located where School 1 currently stands. Note their class motto - "Carpe Diem" - seize the day.