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.