The Montclair High School (N.J.) Class Of 1961

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Happy Fall/Winter To All Classmates and Visitors. Updated October 22, 2019

Welcome to the 1961 Class of Montclair High School, located in Montclair, New Jersey. We all graduated on June 15th 1961, with the guys in white sport coats and the gals in various pastel colored dresses - quite different from the traditional caps and gowns seen so often today.

Reunions - Well our 50th reunion has come and gone. Held the weekend of October 14th, 15th & 16th of 2011, those who were able to make it had a great time reconnecting with friends from so long ago.

This is the When, Where, What, Cost and How of the 55th reunion .

When: Friday, October 14th, Saturday the 15th and Sunday the 16th(you’re on your own on Sunday)

Please pass this information on to fellow classmates, if you know of someone who does not use email or the class website.

Where and What:

Friday night October 14th
We will have our “gala” at 6pm at the Forest Hill Field Club, 9 Belleville Ave, Bloomfield, NJ 07003, (973) 743-1255 “Country Club Casual” is the dress code.The club has told us, "men are not required to wear jackets and jeans are acceptable" The menu is spectacular, thanks to Maryann Zecchino. In fact, after she read the selections to me, I was already full. :>) Something for everyone's taste. Seating for everyone and lots of room to mingle and eat. It's handicapped accessible (elevator for two at a time) and the restrooms are right off the reception/lobby. Beautiful views toward NYC out of the large windows.

Saturday, October 15th
Saturday 10-12 am. Woodman Field Fieldhouse Tour with breakfast.

Saturday afternoon a list of things to do/see around town will be provided.

Saturday 7 pm - TIERNEY’S, 136-138 Valley Rd, Montclair, NJ Music starts at 8 p.m. Bar upstairs, burgers downstairs. John Andrews ( and his son Jake ( again entertain us. Remember, John has played with Mother Earth and Jake, who is putting out his 5th CD, has played with B.B King and others. other well-known stars (, and our own Dick Schweppe (MHS ’61) who will do his Ricky Nelson songs They will be backed up by Steve Knox (MHS ’65) and his band, with Scott Galbraith on drums and Ed Carine on bass. We will have Rock n Roll all night with a little jazz mixed in.

Contact Sandy Kennedy ( or Michael Sternbach ( if you would like to jump in or know of others who might like to give up some tunes for us.

When you make your reservation for Reunion, tell us your favorite tune.

Cost: $90.00/person.

Checks should be made out to

MHS Class of ‘61
And sent to:

Elaine Johnson Fiveland, 262 N. Fullerton Ave, Montclair, NJ 07042

This photo was taken during the Christmas Concert on December 22, 1959 - Soon to be 60 years ago !

The Madrigal Choir is standing, surrounding the piano. If you go to the Class Document File Page, you can download and play the two selections listed below. These recordings are from a 33 1/3 RPM record that I purchased and still have. Enjoy and remember this special time in our lives.

Montclair High School
Christmas Concert - December 22, 1959
Glee Clubs And Choirs
Conductor - William R. McClellan
Accompanist - Samuel E. Wille
Organist - Ruth B. White
Recorded By MHS Audio Dept. Directed By W.J. Filas

Combined Choirs
Silent Night - Gruber (4:27)
(Reading By Gary Wood)

Combined Choirs
Hallelujah Chorus - Handel (4:10)













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