Graduation Day 2011

Congratulations, Staples High School Class of 2011!

Soon-to-be grads gather before marching into the fieldhouse.

TV production teacher Mike Zito at the controls of the broadcast. Principal John Dodig is on the monitors.

The Staples "S" adorns the mortarboards of over 400 graduates.

The traditional photo-taking -- the capstone of every graduation.

Assistant principal Jim Farnen -- whose responsibilities included the Class of 2011 -- poses with just-graduated Devin Skolnick.

11 responses to “Graduation Day 2011

  1. Tom Allen '66

    45 years ago this week. Good luck, kids!

  2. jill denowitz

    30 years ago….seems like yesterday, and yet this is my second child graduating from Staples…Good luck to all of the graduates. Prove to the world what we all know you can be!

  3. The Dude Abides

    45 years ago TODAY! Find something you love to do and then figure out how to make a living doing it!

  4. Devin Skolnick

    Great photos! Congratulations to the class of 2011!!

  5. Richard Lawrence Stein

    Not 45 or 30….Just 25…but it does seem like yesterday…and if history is correct (Dan you might know this)…my graduation was the last outdoor on the football field after that it has been an indoor affair.

    PS I made the cover of the Norwalk Hour with Alfie Gwiliam

    • Outdoor graduations ended for a few reasons: uncertainty about weather meant indoor seating in the fieldhouse had to be done anyway, as a backup plan. Sitting in the broiling sun was tough on people, especially the elderly. Access to the football field was also difficult for many. And there was a sense that seniors were hard to control outdoors — there were several instances of drinking, blowing air horns, etc. I’m not sure when the move indoors was made, but it was probably about your time, Rich.

  6. just 10 years ago for me. . .
    congrats class of 2011!

  7. Joanne Romano

    Very proud to say my grandson was one of the class of 2011…I was 1972..40 years later!

    Calling all Class of 71 Classmates!

    Aug 12 2011 6:00 PM – Aug 14 2011 4:00 PM
    A fun filled weekend planned for all
    Friday August 12th Longshore patio-6:30PM
    Saturday August 13th- Norwalk Inn-Reunion dinner dance and music: 6:30PM-11:00PM
    Sunday August 14th-Picnic at Compo 11:00AM-4:00PM

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  8. Joanne Romano

    re: I was 1972..40 years later!
    That would be ’71

  9. The Dude Abides

    Jeez, I wish we could get a dinner-dance going. How much is
    the weekend????