01 March 2009

William Cowper JHS 73, Maspeth, Queens, NY

I hope it is not a sign of encroaching old age, but these days I find myself longing more for the past. First I joined the Facebook group for my high school year. When I came across my junior high group, I joined without a second thought.

When I graduated in 1982 it was called William Cowper JHS 73 but now it is known as Frank Sansivieri Intermediate School 73 or I.S. 73. Wonder how Mr. Cowper feels about it? It was not the first school I attended but it was the one that I actually graduated from. I was fresh off the boat, so to speak, when I spent one day at some school in Brooklyn near the Sheepshead Bay area, which was where my family's sponsor, Uncle P., lived. I think the next day it was decided that we would move to the Bronx soon so there was no point for me to go to school just yet. Even the stay at the Bronx school did not last that long, as by summer we moved to Elmhurst for my father to be close to his job. JHS 73 was a long way from where we lived and I had to go there by public bus, although I remember some days I walked home, either to save the nickel or because the bus was too crowded. Along Grand Avenue I would go, pass some supermarket with a large parking lot where sometimes kids would arrange fights, pass the two Elmhurst tanks that are now gone, I think, pass Robert's house - Robert would later be a best friend at Newtown but I didn't know him then, even though we were at JHS 73 together - over some LIRR tracks, on to Seaman at the corner of Queens Boulevard and Grand, where Grand becomes Broadway. Soldiering on, I would pass Elmhurst Library, turn at Corona Avenue, pass Newtown, then turned left to go over some other LIRR tracks. I think I would keep going straight to Elmhurst Avenue then turned right and go for a few more blocks to get home. The whole trip had to take at least an hour, but back in those days I think life was simpler and I had a lot of time to waste.

Having arrived in the U.S. just half a year earlier, naturally I got put into ESL and that was where I met Ms. Madeline Butler. I cannot recall much details but I know she was nice to me, maybe because I tried hard to learn the language and showed improvements. She was very supportive of my efforts. I know one time we went to Rye Playland and I had so much fun playing bumper car - it was my first. The ESL class was next to the gym, on some floor. Good grief, it is almost 30 years ago, I cannot recall much.

Eventually my hard work paid off and I left ESL. I even went on to be admitted to Arista, the honor society, although I don't recall knowing what it meant to be in Arista. I do know we performed Somewhere Over the Rainbow at some ceremony. I did not know about the dress code for the evening and did not arrive with a jacket, not that I had one to bring. Mr. Gotkin let me wear his jacket to get on the stage to receive my Arista certificate. Some memory!

I belong to two Facebook groups related to the school. It is so nice to see all the young faces. After all, these are kids in the 6th, 7th, 8th, and 9th grades, in their teens. If there is a reunion, I don't think I will go. I didn't know enough people back then and it's been so long. I make exception for those who went on to Newtown High School and kept in touch with me. Still, I look forward to hearing about the teachers.

113 comments:

  1. Anonymous1:01 AM

    Ahhh! Yes, the Q58 was always fuckin crowded. I graduated from 73 in 2004.

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  2. Anonymous6:01 PM

    I too have great memories of Mr. Gotkin (we actually referred to him as Dr. Gotkin) when I attended in the late 1970's , I graduated in 1977. Overall the best school I have ever attended in terms of pupil/teacher relations. graduation day was actually very sad.

    Also have great memories of Ms. Patricia Ruddy the principal who almost always wore black and had the darkest office I can ever recall. Understand she passed away a few years ago, she was a tough lady but gave her all to that school.!!

    Great memories....... did not know back in 1977 how truly special they were.

    Terry

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    1. Anonymous10:54 AM

      My brother Ray graduated with you.

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    2. Anonymous9:35 PM

      I concur. Gotkin was great...one minute he was a fiery manman...the next he's singing Simon & Garfunkel on an acoustic guitar on an impromptu visit to my urban planning class :) Great Gent. Best years of my life. Still in touch with Mr. DiCecio...fantastic man...truly a great human being. Mrs. DeRosa? - she made school worth attending. Mr Mifsud..again...made YOU want to learn...not just attend. The best school and the best memories. We were old enough to have understood a great deal...but young enough to not yet have been tainted by it. Great environment. I graduated in 1983. Lived blocks from the school. Remember the big "trial" of actually letting us kids out of school for lunch to go eat on the avenue??? My god....how liberating that felt :)

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    3. thank you for the great mention... whish I knew who you were... Mr. "D"

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    4. Sue... Hi from a former colleague - great article

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    5. My sister and I graduated in 1964 and attended Newtown until 1967. I do remember Mr. Gotkin and many of the aforementioned. Did anyone have Mrs. Brandman for PE? I loved her!
      When I became a teacher, I subbed at 73 a few times until I began teaching full time. Does anyone remember Jacob Feinman?
      Gayle (Shapiro)

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  3. Anonymous2:57 PM

    Wow! I graduated in 1958. Loved the school. We had an award winning orchestra directed by Mr. Misket. Mr. Ginsberg was the principal. We were taught "social dancing" in gym and then on Wednesday afternoons we could stay and dance with our friends. They were great years.

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  4. I graduated in 1968,... Mr Ornstein was the principal & Ms. Ruddy was the assistant principal back then. Our family lived at the Allen Apt. on Elmhurst Ave. The yellow school bus used to stop right in front of our building.
    Elmhurst Ave was a two way street back then. I had Mr. Sterling for Social Studies, Mr. Hammer for math, I had woodworking & metal shop were we made useless trinkets. I remember making a wooden boat that listed to one side. Mr. Lake was my shop class teacher. We got to use real tools, it was alot of fun. Mr Henderson was my home room teacher one year. The middle finger on his right hand was always stiff straight so it always looked like he was giving you the finger. All the boys got a kick out of this myself included. My last year I had Norman Corbluth as my home room teacher. He had an identical twin brother teaching in the same school. Mrs. Applebaum was the cool English teacher. I remember on my last year she brought in a record player & played a Bob Dylan LP !!!...Mr Gotkin ran the Talent show. Ms Houston was my Art Teacher. I was in the Soccer team. The Soccer team was made up of a motley crew of foreigners like myself who had arrived in the US just five years earlier from Argentina. My teammates were from Brazil, Argentina, Ecuador, Spain, Russia, Hungary, Romania & miscellaneous third world countries. That year we did not loose a single match. A few years ago I drove by & was disappointed to see the school playground had been totally taken over by school buidings. Kids should have space to run around & play. I have wonderful memories, it was a wonderful time to be a kid. I still have my yearbook.
    Would love to re-conect with my Art Teacher Ms. Houston just to say thank you.

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    1. Anonymous7:55 PM

      I was also on that Undefeated team - I believe it was 1976. Are there any pictures available anywhere of that team or even some press about it?

      Does anyone know that roster on that team? I have some names in my head.



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    2. I also graduated from JHS73 in '68. Norman and Alex Corbluth, Mr Gotkin, Mr Mazzola, Mr Sussman, Miss Diamond, Mr Depaula, Mrs Medoff, Dr Ornstein, Mr Epstein, Mrs Wade, Mr Eder, Mr Manheim, Mrs Gross........ Lots of great memories.

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  5. Thanks for the comments, everyone. In case any one is interested and not aware of it, there is a general I.S. 73 group in Facebook:

    http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=2210436090

    Someone just posted a request to hear from people who graduated 1967 - 1969 so Alex might be interested.

    On a different note, I'll post some photos form my 1982 class some day in case anyone recognizes the teachers.

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    1. Thank you Qapt'n but the facebook link you posted says currently unavailable (?). I recently came across my old yearbook from 1968. Brought back lots of memories.
      I was so lucky to have attended that school. It was the best of times for me for sure.
      I also remember Mr. DePaula the muscular teacher. It seemed that no matter how cold it was he would always wear short sleeve white shirt while being outside.

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    2. https://www.facebook.com/groups/2210436090/ is the latest link I copied from Facebook, hope this works for you!

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    3. So my mother and my aunt her younger sister attended this school I think 1980 _1983 I'm pretty sure I'm looking for classmates because my father also attended this school whom I never met I am almost thirty years old I'm married have three kids and I am desperate to get some answers my moms name is or would have been Darlene Jones her younger sister Michelle Lilly my mom unfortunately does not remember my father's last name his first name marcus he would have attended the same years they ran into each other years later as young adults I was conceived and my mom never saw him again we moved out of New York if anyone can help in any way if anyone recognize my mom my aunt and my father can u please help me my email is ieshiajones87@gmail.com year book anything this has been a rough situation in my life and I need answers thank you so much

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  6. Thank you for your memories because they are a lot of my memories. I graduated in 1980 and was the Mayor of the school (WOW), smile. I long for those care free days. I remember Mr. Gotkin and Mr. Quartz well. Mr. Quartz gave me a new love of history and now I teach on the H.S. and College level. Thanks again and be blessed

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    1. Good for you Patrick I also graduated 1980

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  7. I salute you, Patrick. Having gone through high school in New York City, I have extra respect to those who teach, especially in high school. Unlike Viet Nam where I grew up and teachers are held at high regards, the students in New York City, at least, are so disrespectful to the teachers.

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  8. The JHS graduation photos I mentioned before:

    http://www.qaptainqwerty.com/2009/06/jhs-graduation-day.html

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  9. My other, unpleasant memory of Mr. Gotkin was when he was present when I used foul language against some kid who somehow bothered me in the stairwell during a trip to a different class. Usually quiet and reserved, it was my bad luck to be caught. I spent the period in Mr. Gotkin's office.

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  10. Anonymous3:32 PM

    Hi there IS 73 alumni.I went to 73 from 1968-1970, and like you have nothing but wonderful memories of my years there. No other school that I attended ever had the relationships between the students and teachers like those at 73.
    I was closest with Mr. Birnbaum, and was crushed when I heard he passed away. I spent all my free time in the supply room, which also served as his office at that time. If it wasn't for his care and guidance, I'd never have passed or cared about Social Studies and never would have graduated 73 or Grover Cleveland HS for that matter. LOL
    I'd love to hear from others from the graduating class of 1970. Write me at...camper210@aol.com. Please write IS 73 in the subject line so I know it is safe to open.
    God Bless,Judy McGrath

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  11. Anonymous7:30 PM

    omg! I graduated 73 in 1979. There was a huge Korean population in the school then - me being one of them. I also went to Newtown HS for a year and moved to NJ. I remember Mr. Gotkin very well as well as Mrs. Bonanno. I remember the school being full of kids from all different ethnic background and the diversity helped everyone to be more accepting of each other. Anyone remember Mr. DeCiceo or Ms. Butler (ESL teacher)?

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  12. Hi Anonymous Poster at 7:30 PM,

    I have a photo of Ms. Butler at http://www.qaptainqwerty.com/2009/06/jhs-graduation-day.html , along with Ms. Cuff and Dr. Michael.

    Qaptain Qwerty

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  13. Bennett10:30 AM

    I did a google search for corbluth twins, and this site popped up. It also brought back memories, some good some not so good of my experience at JHS 73 (1962-64). It be fun to see some classmates from those years.

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  14. Glad you found the site, Bennett. If you haven't done so, Facebook is the place to join if you want to find classmates. The main I.S. 73 (aka JHS 73 to you and me) group has over 2,000 people, maybe you know some of them.

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  15. All, I visited JHS 73 on Oct 24, just the outside, and snapped a few photos. Enjoy!

    http://www.qaptainqwerty.com/2009/10/return-to-jhs-73.html

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  16. Anonymous1:49 AM

    Yes I remember jhs 73......I graduated 1n 81...and I remember gotkin,cuff,and many many other .....I left NY after graduating Newtown High in 84.....and ran off to florida....I have never gone back to visit jhs 73 or my HS....its been a long time and I believe those inocent times in our lifes were the most fun and I look back and I now cherrish .........i don't miss riding the #58 well maybe I do.....

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  17. Anonymous10:58 AM

    It was me, Steve Morganson, who pissed in Phil Lupo's lunch box back in 1956. I kept it a secret for over 40 years and then told all my friends. Nobody liked Lupo anyway. I also stuffed dogshit in Danny Lyons motorcycle jacket.

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  18. Anonymous11:05 AM

    Frank Sansivieri was a Hygiene and Phys Ed teacher who was killed in a car accident back in 1999 or the early 2000's. it was during the school year, i think during the Dec recess or mid-winter recess. I graduated in 1998,the last or second to last year Ms. Ruddy was principal. Mr. Mifsid took the chair after her. He was the teacher who looked like Mr. Spacely from the cartoon The Jetsons.

    Ms.Butler had blond short hair and glasses from what I remembered when I attended.

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  19. Thanks for the info, Anonymous @ 10:58 AM. I thought about looking up Mr. Sansivieri and thought maybe he was a civic leader in the area.

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  20. I was surprised to see the name change... I too graduated from 73 back in 1980. Ms. Ruddy was the Principal and Mr. Gotkin was the AP for our graduating class... Boy was he tough!! Thanks for the visual tour of the walk home from 73. I remember taking that walk just for the fun of walking home and spending the extra hour chatting with friends as we walked. It was always more fun in tthe snow when the buses weren't running or way toooooo crowded!!

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    1. Martha I also graduated in1980 my homeroom teacher was the Spanish teacher Mrs. Johnson what was yours?

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    2. Mr. Tarasco, best math teacher and home room. He left JH73 and went on to teach at City College

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    3. Mr. Tarasco, best math teacher and home room. He left JH73 and went on to teach at City College

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  21. Anonymous5:29 AM

    What a walk that was, huh QaptainQwert? We ventured the exact same walk, except your ventures and mine part ways on Elmhurst ave & Denman st. There was something special about that walk, besides stealing the shopping carts from ShopRite and riding them down the Grand ave. hill upto Queens Blvd. Kinetic energy starts to work against you from there home haha

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  22. I graduated in 1987 and although those were tough years filled with many insecurities and teen angst I still wish I could turn back the hands of time and go back to those days. To be honest with you, many of those days are a blur now but I do remember hanging out at Cowboy Pats and having Mr. Spiegal as my dean. I also loved Ms. Kraft who was my SS teacher. I saw her about 9 years ago and had a chance to thank her for being such an inspiration in my career choice; I'm currently teaching 8th grade English as IS 250 in Flushing. Love to hear from anyone here who might remember these folks. Thanks for the memories David Vasquez.

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    1. Anonymous4:23 PM

      I also graduated in 87 and remember Cowboy Pats. I remember also going over to Charlie's and playing video games in the back of the store...Ms. Ruddy was still principal; I had Ms. Bonanno for math (she had a giant banana in the room). I had Mr. Joseph for 9th grade homeroom and he later became an assistant dean; I had Mr. Slowik for 8th grade science...he was hilarious...also had Mr. Duffy for social studies one year...9th grade we went to the Dude Ranch, cut a hole from one room to another...good times.

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    2. Small world.. I was in the same 9th grade homeroom as the person who commented above and I think I know who you are.. name starts with a J? I'll never forget the dude ranch trip and remember the holes that were creatively cut in the closets to get through a few rooms. Great memories!

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  23. Does anyone have a picture of Mr. Sansivieri? I'm sure he was my PE teacher when I graduated in 1985, but I'd like to confirm by seeing him. I have a picture in my mind of what he looked like in 1985: he was somewhat built and wore tight shirts and had a comb-over and a mustache.
    Also does anyone know the particulars of his death? I heard that other teachers were also killed in the accident. I want to know if this is true.

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  24. Yankeefan4ever,

    Glad to hear you got to meet a past teacher (Ms. Kraft) to thank her - teachers in the U.S. do not get appreciated enough, in my opinion.

    A Facebook person added this comment about Mr. Sansivieri, "Him and Mr. O'Conner got into an accident around 99 - 00 during the winter recess.." Further back in this Comment thread, someone else provides similar info.

    I might visit the school some day during the week and see if there's a portrait of Mr. Sansivieri inside the school hallway or lobby.

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  25. Thanks QaptainQwerty for the kind words and for your hard work on helping us keep the memories of our childhood vivid and significant in our lives. If you go to 73 and see a portrait please take a pic and post it. Thanks.

    By the way there was a typo in my last post: I graduated in 1987.

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  26. Anonymous5:26 PM

    This is Steve Morganson, '59, from Calamus Ave., down by the RR tracks and across from the tanks on Grand Ave. I was the guy who keyed Miskit's old Chevy after he exposed himself to a bunch of 9th graders in the 2nd floor boy's room. What a perv, I hated that fag. I think I also told you that I stuffed Phil Lupo's black engineer jacket with d-s I brought in a bag from home. I didn't like him either--nobody did.

    So now you all know, it was me.

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  27. Anonymous9:56 AM

    I graduated in 1977, and yes the 58 was always crowed. I looking for some of my classmates at that time. Allen Partee106@aol.com

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  28. Anonymous9:58 AM

    Hey Terry, I we were classmates. I remember Mr. Gotkins, with the red beard, and Mr. Scotty. Ms. Ruddy with the perfume, that last a long time.

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  29. HEY PPL I WAS A GRADUATE OF CLASS OF 1990 I REMEMBER MR. SPIEGAL HE WAS THE PRINCIPAL ND MR. MISKIT WAS DEAN I ALSO REMEMBER THE MATH TEACHER MRS BANANO SHE WAS AWESOME BUT I WAS IN THE SPECIAL ED WITH MRS.SHAW,MRS. KEMP IN CLASS 7-30 I WAS THEN MAIN STREAMED IN MY 8TH GRADE ND WAS IN CLASS 8-11 IN MR. SLOWICKS CLASS I HAVE A FACEBOOK IF U WANNA C PICS ALSO WANNA THANK MRS MASON SHE WAS A TRUE INSPIRATION TO ME (MIRIAM OROZCO OR REDSWEETDEVIL28@YAHOO.COM I ALSO POSTED PIC ON CLASSMATE.COM)

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    1. Mr. Slowick sure was popular. The Facebook group http://www.facebook.com/groups/255673452694/ has a photo of him accompanied with many happy reminiscences. Supposedly he passed away from cancer. From the many entries, I only gather that he was an avid car racer, had a Camaro and frequented Watkins Glen. What was his first name and where did he live? With those two pieces of info it may be possible to confirm his death.

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    2. Anonymous5:00 PM

      Yes Mr. Slowick did pass away from cancer of the lungs, in Sept. 2009; I was a former student of his first class at JHS 73. Bill was also a personal friend of mine. We campaign several formula fords together through the years, raced basically on the East coast and Canada. Prior to the week before his death we spent the day together doing what he like most besides teaching. We rode down to Pocono Raceway and watch an EMRA racing event. He was a great friend and a good teacher.
      MjK

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    3. Thank you for the info, MjK.

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    4. LINUS!!! I find you here too my friend!! Doesn't this just bring back a ton of memories!! My God! I didn't realize how similar so many of our experiences were. :)

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  30. Glad you had a positive experience at JHS 73, Miriam. I'll look for you in Facebook. Classmates.com is not useful at all unless you fork over the membership fee.

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  31. Anonymous5:28 AM

    Class of 2000, Mr. Mifsid was principal at the time, Mr. Oelkers was my gym teacher and he would refer to us by the endearing term, "herbs." Mrs. Grundlegger was my homeroom teacher and I felt bad for the way we treated her on a daily basis. I remember the friday fights we had with IS 5 kids- good times- now I'm volunteering abroad, missing every single day of those two glorious years. Thank you for keeping the memories alive, QaptainQwerty.

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    1. Anonymous1:21 PM

      I remember those fights with IS 5 kids- I also graduated 2000, Mrs. Grundlegger was my homeroom teacher. i'm also volunteering abroad with the Peace Corps in Jordan. I had IS73 nostalgia 7000 miles away from home. best wishes to you, sir.

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    2. I salute you, Peace Corps personnel! What a noble job!

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  32. Anonymous at 5:28 AM, Care to elaborate on the term "herbs" for us old-timers and outsiders?

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  33. I graduated in 1968 and really enjoyed junior high school much more so than high school. I was in the choir for three years and also remember Mr. Gotkin for Social Studies. He was a great teacher and had our entire class at his house. My closest friends were Gail, Theresa and Gertrude. We used to call ourselves the four musketeers. Fun times!

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  34. Anonymous1:47 PM

    I remember Mr. DeCiceo. Anyone remember Mr. Slowick (sp?), Mrs. Johnson (Spanish teacher) or Mrs. Gross (math)?

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  35. Which year would Mr. Slowick, Mrs. Johnson, and Mrs. Gross teach? I'm Class of 1982.

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  36. Anonymous7:09 PM

    I graduated 1979 - Islanders and Rangers battled in hockey. I remember Mr. Gotkin (he played in our softball team), Mr. McCabe and Mr. Tarrasco. I was in class 8-2 and graduated from class 9-4. I lived in Woodside so the bus route was shorter yet the walk seemed very long as well was it our bus (was it the Q-52?) was not as crowded but took forever to get come. I remember having to wait at the office to get my bus pass - the color changed every year. Mr. Gotkin was always dramatic when he got upset, scary even, but what a gentle guy to the students who were in need.

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  37. Being a pack rat, at one time I had all those bus passes saved. Hm, I may even still have them if I look hard enough. What a piece of history to look back upon...

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  38. Steve Morganson3:45 PM

    This is me again, Steve Morganson from Calamus Ave. I graduated in '55. I finally located Phil Lupo to tell him that it was me who packed about 10 ponds of fresh dogshlt into his black leather engineer jacket. He told me that if he ever ran into me that he would kill me. What an attitude, after 55-years he still holds a grudge. I never liked the guy, anyway.

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  39. Anonymous8:42 PM

    Wow...good ol JHS 73. I was in 8-10 and left after the eight grade to go to August Martin. I would love to hear from my old friends. I have very fond memories of JHS 73. OMG...Mr. Gotkin, Ms Ruddy, Mr. McCabe, Mrs Medoff ooohhh Mr. Fuchs (lol). Mr. Gross, Yeah I'm talking waaaayyy back. Anybody remember Tony's with the 25c ham and cheese sandwiches on the Corner? I was in Mrs. Myers Class
    DAllen

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    1. I attended ps 73 back in late 60's. Loved Tony's .25 cent ham sandwiches. Would get off the bus from Elmhurts and grab 2 for breakfast. I remember Mr Gotkin and Ms Ruddy.
      First year there (6th grade) we rode school bus...fun times, flirting with girls, food fights, fights (always in last row) and bus driver could make bus do loud backfires which we loved.
      Remember listening to 69 Mets World Series game on radio on the bus with everyone chanting "let's go mets!"

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  40. Anonymous3:33 PM

    Graduated around 51. Hated Miskit. Respected Ginsberg. Loved a sweet girl, Betty Weston.
    Enjoyed the spirit of 9-1....Hello to all,
    WOODY

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  41. Anonymous3:42 PM

    Hail to you our alma mater
    dear old gold and blue
    We'll uphold your lofty standards.......
    Does anyone remember? Woody would like to know.

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  42. Anonymous1:00 PM

    Yeah I remember some of it dear ole 73, Mr. Gotkins, Mrs. Medoff, science teacher Ms Bloom/Jacobson her husband Mr. Jacobson, and my favorite homeroom teacher for my senior class 9-8 Mrs Bradman. Oh, so many wonderful memories of that school I'm so glad to see the school is still around.

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    1. Hi. This is Ms. Jacobson alive and well. I taught at IS 73 from 9/69-6/2004. I am retired 12 years now and I still keep in touch with many teachers. I hope life is going well for you.

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    2. Hi Ms Jacobson! You were my teacher in 80 I think. Kelmar Rosales. Thanks for the hard work. Glad you are well. This whole thing is bringing back some amazing memories. DO you remember Mr Deneke? I dont know if I'm spelling it right. He taught science. If you keep in touch with him tell him I remember him as one of the funniest teachers. Hope you continue to be well and wish you happiness, Kel

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  43. Jennifer Bonilla7:20 PM

    I was class of 97-98- Great memories with friends piggy out at cowboy pats...

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  44. Linda Lizunas-Sackett7:51 PM

    I graduated in '62. Was in Chorus for 3 years. Mrs. Rosenthal was homeroom and Mr. Presti was the orchestra teacher. Was on the guard force and gym Leaders Club with Ms. English. Such great memories....Mr. DePaula for math...still remember he called me "Lizzie".

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  45. Anonymous12:07 PM

    I graduated in 1972. Anyone remember Mr. Depaula who taught French, had a very muscular build, had several field trips the the movies & trips to Philadelphia & the submarine base in Conn. They were building an adjoining building strictly for science classes, I got to go there for 8th grade with Miss Bloom. Lived off Elmhurst Ave & Broadway, and I walked many a time when they started the public bus for a nickel.

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    1. Anonymous1:10 AM

      OMG Mr. Depaula the buff Hygiene teacher. It was major Hygiene! He made you write rhymes if you misbehaved. Don't pass gas in Hygiene class. Sneeze wieze handkerchief please, Don't forget teacher respect. Self control is good for the soul. He also had trips to Philadelphia. What an interesting time in my life!

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    2. I graduated in the same year. My graduation took place at the Elmwood Theater near Queens Blvd. I remember the premiere in that theater was the “Godfather”. My science teacher was Mrs. Bloom. She was a gorgeous lady. I still have the year book. I will take photos of every page, and when I have it ready I will publish it in my Web site. I will notify when is done. Thanks to everyone for these great memories.

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    3. I graduated in the same year. My graduation took place at the Elmwood Theater near Queens Blvd. I remember the premiere in that theater was the “Godfather”. My science teacher was Mrs. Bloom. She was a gorgeous lady. I still have the year book. I will take photos of every page, and when I have it ready I will publish it in my Web site. I will notify when is done. Thanks to everyone for these great memories.

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  46. I graudated in'62 also, with Linda Lizunas. Mr. Gotkin was teaching English then and he was a character. The chorus performed as one of three top JHS's in NYC (I think at Hunter College) and a record (33rpm at that time) was made of it. One music teacher lost her job after playing West Side Story.

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  47. Enlighten us youngsters, Tom - What's so bad about West Side Story in 1962 that a teacher lost her job for playing it?

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  48. i graduated the bicentennial year 1976, we had dances and teachers really cared about you, i adored jhs 73, my son also graduated from there, i enjoyed every year there, im on facebook under maria marchese/karg, if ya like to chat, im lookin for lisa mccloud who i was friends with and lost contact if anyone knows her from mid 70's plz let me know ty all<3

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  49. I was at JHS 73 68-69..A great time, especially in the 60's.
    Some of my classmates...Frank Croce, Ruth Osorio
    I just connected with mr DeCecio several months ago on Facebook.
    Stopped facebook..just got tired of hearing how many friends people have!!
    my e mail is djdorglabor@msn.com
    Hope to hear from someone..
    Danny Delaney

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  50. Maybe Google Plus works for you, Danny? Facebook, with all the games and apps etc., can be a big pain to deal with when all you want to do is re-connect with people.

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  51. Anonymous2:08 AM

    Graduated in '62. Memories-Being told on my 1st day on the B-58 that the "Rocks" would steal my brand new, oversized schoolbag & beat me up. Never happened but I kept looking over my shoulder for 3 years.
    Mr. Presti, music director. I found him, aside from being an extremely talented musician with a nice operatic tenor voice, to be an egotistical bully who seemed to enjoy switching the boys on a regular basis. You had to say, "Allah be praised" after each nasty stinging blow with the baton. I heard a student decked him the year after I left the program. He did get the band sounding pretty good but the orchestra program was a hilarious failure.
    Mr. Herwith (sp???) was teaching english tho he was really a history teacher. Good guy.
    Mrs Ackerman for English & home room was a very nice lady. Poor Mr. Dane, we & I guess all the students tended to act up & screw with him until he became red, shaking & rigid with rage. We got chewed out by Mrs. Ackerman for tormenting him. Very very sad about that all these years later. Man people can be cruel. It was students bullying an adult.
    I remember quite a few after school fights that lasted actually seconds & as soon as the vanquished "gave" they stopped, shook hands & I think in many cases became friends once the pecking order was determined. What a difference from all the kids killing each other today.
    Somewhere I found my yearbook in my dad's possesions when he passed away. Seeing all those faces brought back memories. I was pretty overwhelmed with typical adolescent angst back then but had some good friends that made it easier. I survived to be a geezer now so I guess it wasn't as bad as it felt then.

    BTW Bill De'lia, the very sucessful TV producer( Ally McBeal, Boston Legal, Harry's law & many more) & father of Chris De'lia co-star of "Whitney, was a fellow student there. We all called him William. Glad to see at least one of our class made a big mark in the world.

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      "Billy" D'Elia, as I remember him, also has a son, Matt that's in showbiz. I only remember Billy being called "William" by our English teacher (the very best English teacher EVER), Mrs Akerman. I also had Mr Presti for orchestra. He was a tough teacher, but sure knew his music and taught you things that you'd never forget. I had a lot of respect for him, for then again, I'm not a guy. You and I had a lot of the same teachers and I also graduated in 1962 and rode the B-58 from Elmhurst every day.

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  52. Anonymous10:05 AM

    Graduated 1955. I remember Mr Ginsberg, tyrant often, good msn always. The box-ball before classes, the garden, softball games ,auditorium, Crosby Kameny and DR Hazzar, goimg to the boiler room to get ink for the inkwells, terrible Mrs King that denied the existence of the word audio,punching one another in the hall ways. Getting into the classrooms before time. All you had to do was jiggle the knob just right.We would all say that it was open so we came in. Could go on for hours. Great school with great teachers.....Woody

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  53. Anonymous8:51 AM

    Hey anybody remember Mr. DePaula (the Marines Have landed), would you believe I worked with Mr A. Manheim until he recently retired,just saw him crossing the street I am the class of 72. Do you remember the Guard Force! Ms. Medoff-and the youngest art teacher ever Mr.Seaman. Home Ecconomics and Vanilla cookies-that was school!

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      Mr. De Paula is deceased. He passed away in 1988

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      OMG Mr. Depaula the buff Hygiene teacher. It was major Hygiene ! He made you write rhymes if you misbehaved. Don't pass gas in Hygiene class. Sneeze wieze handkerchief please, Don't forget teacher respect. Self control is good for the soul. He also had trips to Philadelphia. What an interesting time in my life!

      I live in Maspeth and heard he passed away. He was a great guy. I still remember his lectures, 40 years later!

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  54. Anonymous9:52 AM

    Yes, Graduated 64---I do remember Mr De Paula the Ex Marine. He was a monster of a man and witnessed his tiraid on the auditorium stage when something went wrong. We used to have lunch in the Auditorium and you could purchase an ice cream stick.
    We used to take field trips to West Point and on the way he pointed out everything. I remember him pointing to the "Liberty Ships" moored on the way up the Hudson. Also, he would stop at Adventureland on the way back in College Point.........Lots of fun.
    I would love to know his Service Record...
    he made a huge impression on me!
    I was in Mrs. Kelly's English class (Extra Heavy Woman)on Friday November 23rd when JFK was shot The announement came over the PA System that he died....

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  55. Anonymous2:38 PM

    Yes, I remember Mr DePaula. I was class of 64.......The Beatles were hot and Chubby Checker was twisting!
    Mr DePaula used to take us to West Point and then on the way back to Adventureland in College point......He was huge well to a 15yr old anyway.........
    Remember those days alot........

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    1. Anonymous10:06 PM

      I was class of 64 also. I don't believe I ever had Mr. DePaula, although I remember the name. I was in classes 7-5, 8-5 and 9-5--almost the same kids all 3 years. I'm Doris Seeberger. I had one of the Corbluth brothers for French. I was in his class when his brother came in and told us Kennedy was shot. I lived just down the block from 73 on corner of 69th St. and 54th Ave (main entrance of the school). I've been living in Florida now since 1973. In 1977, in Ft. Lauderdale area, guess who lived in my subdivision? Dr. Ornstein-our principal. Unfortunately I didn't realize it until I read his obit. Those were good years--sure do miss them but so good to have you all share the memories. Thanks QaptainQwerty

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  56. Anonymous5:58 PM

    Loved Loved this school I graduated in 77. Mr. Gotkin, mr. Ginsberg, Mrs. Ruddy, Mrss. Ackerman, Mrs. Medoff, oh my goodness too many to mention.
    The memoies continue to live on. Middle school today is not like what we had at JHS 73, a.k.a. I.S. 73.

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  57. janice frey grudzinski12:08 PM

    I graduated in i think 1961 from 73 and remember some of the teachers names i read. my mother suffered from alzheimers and got rid of all my junior high and high school yearbooks but some of the names i remember.I to was suprised of the change in the name. I wonder why they changed the name.

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  58. Anonymous11:45 PM

    I was there from 73-76 ..... played softball and soccer. Any one from the class of 76' with photos of those years out there?
    Would love to see them. Please post. Thanks ...

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      That's the same years as me!

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  59. Anonymous1:58 PM

    This is me again, Steve Morganson, from Calamus Ave. I am filled with guilt and remorse; I carried this shame for almost 6 decades. 58 years later I want to apologize to both Joan Palmer and Joan Campbell for having exposed my TALLYWACKER to them. Paul Dam egged me on, I was weak, and I did the evil deed. They both screamed but they did not rat me out. Thanks girls, you could have shamed and embarrassed me for life..

    I feel better now.

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  60. Want to see what the Gas Tanks or Finast Supermarket looks like these days? I recently visited both of them, http://www.qaptainqwerty.com/2013/06/elmhurst-park-jhs-73.html

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  61. Anonymous12:57 PM

    I graduated in 1962 then went onto Newtown..I'll never forget those years..So many friends..I look back on the past as well they were great years..

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  62. Anonymous4:15 PM

    Graduated in 1977 8th Grade to go on to HS @ St.Francis Prep! This place was a dump compared to when my father, aunts and uncles went to it.

    The school went to 9th grade back then and there was gangs of 15+ kids 6Ft + that couldnt speak or read english. Local school which was over run by the busing of the 1970's ! Was in 7-18 & 8-18 (SP classes)& I spent most of time defending weaker kids in my class aginst getting picked on in the school yard.


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  63. sue ehrlich2:21 PM

    I was an art teacher from l976 through 1994. Mrs. Ehrlich. Had some very gifted students through the years. Would you believe that I am senior olympics ping pong champ of Staten Island. Won my fourth gold medal today. 9/29/13 Cannot believe I can still accomplish this feat at my advanced age. Of course I remember all my wonderful colleagues and students. Sorry so many of them have passed. Enjoyed working at 73.

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    1. Thank you for your years of service, Mrs. Ehrlich! Congrats on your ping pong championship, too! I myself hope to be able to keep running 8 km/day into my 80s.

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    2. Yes I remember you I went on after graduating from 73 in 1976 to the High School
      Of Art & Design wt ur help
      Do you have a copy of that year of the year book
      I would love to get s copy of it so many memories

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    3. OMG Mrs Ehrlich. I loved you!! You were great!!! Really enjoyed your class. My little sister said you were her favourite. So happy about your ping pong accomplishments!!! I graduated in 82. Kelmar Rosales

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  64. Great reading! Thank you for sharing. I graduated 73 in 76. Yes, life was simpler and time was there for us to waste.

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  65. HI everyone!

    When I attended it was called P.S. 73 that was in the 60's (around 1967-1970). I remember the riots outside of the school entrance due to desegregation and students from Corona being bused into the school.

    I was in the SP classes and remember a few teachers, but for some reason can't remember their names.

    The science teacher I had was male and he was one of the best teachers I had. He not only supported me in my education, but also encouraged me to continue to advance in science.

    I remember the principal and vice principal (not their names). They looked like twins and the principal looked exactly like Groucho Marx.

    I remember an art teacher (male) who used to sit in the front of the class high on pot while the students sniffed glue in the back of the class. (not a very smart thing for kids to do)

    I remember an English teacher I believe her name was Mrs. Began (sp.) all the students hated her and used to throw books and chairs at her. (she taught remedial reading I believe)

    I had to have hip surgery at the end of 8th grade and my mother refused to let me take my end of year exams. The school then put me in "remedial" classes the following year. What a horrible experience to go from SP classes to classes where the students could not read or write.

    I remember the girls had to take cooking and sewing classes while the boys took shop classes. I loved these classes but could never understand why there were classes for "only boys" and "only girls".

    Sorry for the rambling thought I would have remembered more teacher names. If anyone out there remembers the names of these teachers would be great to be reminded :D

    I also remember being allowed to go outside of school at lunch time. We would go to a little store around the corner and buy ham sandwiches for 25 cents each.

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  66. I graduated 73 back in 1983 I had a lot of fun and that's cool I did not like Mr. Gotkin at all but he scared me into graduating but a lot of good memories name is Glenn K thanks

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  67. Hi... I graduated JHS73 in 1965 (went there from Elmhurst' P.S. 89 and then after to Newtown)...a great time overall...better than H.S. days. Yes, fond memories of Mr. Gotkin, Mr. Mazzola, Mr. McDermott, and others. Clearly remember exactly where I was (changing classes in hallway) when got the news about JFK assassination...we were all sent back to homerooms and crying, etc. Thanks, S. Radwin

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  68. I recently came across some old B&W snap shots that I took when I was a student there from 1966-1968 of the handball team posing outside in the yard. And one of the art classes. Is there any way I can post them to this wonderful site ?. All the boys had to wear ties back then (!!!).

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    1. You can email them to me, qaptainqwerty followed by "at" sign, then gmail dot come (sorry for the fuss, trying to make it harder for my email to be harvested. I will gladly create a new post with your submission, with credits due.

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  69. Hello everyone I currently work at IS 73 and we are getting ready to celebrate our 90th anniversary. If anyone has any pictures that they are willing to share I am making a slide show to commemorate the event

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  70. Hello everyone I currently work at IS 73 and we are getting ready to celebrate our 90th anniversary. If anyone has any pictures that they are willing to share I am making a slide show to commemorate the event

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    1. Hi Christina, I would love to share the few photos I have from my days at JHS 73. Do share any additional details you may have about the celebration. I would love to have a tour of the inside of the school if possible. I already re-visited Newtown High School but have not been inside JHS 73 since 1982.

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  71. Thank you that would be wonderful. Would it be possible for you to email the pictures? We are still in the early stages of planning but I will def be sure to let you know about the program when we have it set.

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  72. I Graduated JHS 73 in 1977 Then went to New Town High School

    I would like to hear from all my class mates

    My name is Paramanan Harrideo

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  73. Do any one still have the year book from 1977?

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    1. Paramanan, I only have my own year's book, 1982.

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