NRHS (NRHS) Class of 1965 Alumni List

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In the 1950's, I lived with my parents and my brother in the two-story white house next to the old North Royalton High School. We had two large blue spruce trees on the front lawn (that my Dad and Grandfather decorated at Christmas) and a garage that my Dad and uncles built on the side of the house next to Carter's barber shop. Gone now are Gene'?s Hardware, Breyley's Shell Station (Halloween dunking for apples, donuts and cider) and Henry and Bernie's across the street at Royalton and Ridge. The picture of the witch at the caldron on the dime "tell your weight and fortune" scale inside Henry and Bernie's, always fascinated me each time I arrived to buy the Sunday Plain Dealer. The Royalview Tavern (further west down Royalton Rd. hill) was still there when I visited in the late '80's, in all its retro splendor I might add.

I digress ... My brother and I both attended NR elementary school from kindergarten to the fourth and fifth grades. From Mrs. Veber's kindergarten room I could see my Mom hanging clothes in our backyard. Mrs. Veber, Beach, Logan, VanBockern (our piano teacher) and Breckenridge are some of the wonderful faculty who shaped our lives. They were the best bar none. Ms. Van Bockern was a member of the Cleveland Woman's Orchestra. Mrs. Nettie M. Gold was our principle and Mrs. Simon was her assistant.

A driveway wound around the back of the school in a U-shape from an entrance to an exist on Royalton Rd. The high school boys, with their girlfriends hanging on, rode around the driveway on their motor scooters, called doddle bugs. The south side of the school and driveway was bordered by a row of cherry trees that we picked each season. I remember the deep purple stage drape topped with the entwined gold NR above the gym floor under the sky light roof (where we watched lunch time movies when it was too cold for recess).

The bell in the tower rang out with each Royalton football win. (I believe we won a football championship in the late '50's.) We just walked across our lawn to the football field in back of the school. The football field (where my brother and I chased my Dad, but never caught him) is just south of what was known to us as Gauley's Woods (now the Pine Forest Apartments). Gauley's Woods, named for ophthalmologist Dr. Gauley, whose unique home was at the top of the hill, opposite the NR Cemetery where Memorial Day parades ended in taps, was a beautiful pine forest where a pin drop could be heard on the deep, pine needle carpet of the quiet forest floor. Standing in the pine forest, snowflakes crackled as they drifted down onto the needles and melted.
Teachers Posted: 12/14/2015

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