Huntington’s Class of 1968 Planning 50th Reunion

The current Huntington High School building opened in November 1958.

February 28, 2018

Huntington High School’s Class of 1968 is planning a 50th reunion for the weekend of September 28-30. The alums are in the process of tracking down missing classmates and finalizing details for three days of festivities.

The reunion’s organizing committee consists of 1968 grads Arnold Carter, Barbara Shaefer Nienstedt, Bill Nienstedt, Bob Finlayson, Cynthia Capalbo Camellerie, Ellen Treanor Conroy, Jacqui Kaufmann Poarch, Jay Finello, Judy Moran Peters, Lorraine Cahill, Phil Alexander, Rosalind Schultz Slezak and co-chairs Val Cornish Allocco and Marilyn Godde Aliperti.

The reunion, alternately billed as “68 Romps” or “68 turns 68,” is expected to attract a crowd of several hundred alums and their spouses.

A tentative list of activities includes:

Friday, September 28: A late afternoon “Paint the Rock” activity and an evening “Meet & Greet” welcome party at Finley’s on Green Street in Huntington village.
Saturday, September 29: A visit to the Huntington School Heritage Museum at the high school, golf or tennis and “The Big Event” - an evening of dining and dancing at the Huntington Country Club.
Sunday, September 30: A sendoff continental breakfast at the Harbor Boating Club.

“We are looking forward to having a fun filled weekend where our classmates will be reunited, celebrating memorable experiences while creating and renewing friendships,” Mrs. Cornish Allocco. “We are in the process of organizing the event and trying to locate as many of the 527 class members as possible.”

Tickets for the reunion are available on the committee’s website at Each ticket includes the Saturday night dinner and dancing and the Sunday continental breakfast. Any remaining proceeds or donations will be awarded to a Huntington High School senior at the senior academic awards ceremony in June 2019.

“We are grateful to the Huntington School District for its help in promoting our reunion,” Mrs. Godde Aliperti said. “We are hoping to connect with as many of our classmates as possible and have everyone join in on a fun filled weekend for the members of our special class of 1968.”

The reunion committee has also established a Facebook page to help track down missing classmates and keep the alums updated on the reunion. Visit Huntington High School (NY) Class of 1968 50th Reunion or click on/copy and paste this direct link to the page:

The reunion website contains class photos, phone numbers of committee members and other details that Class of 1968 members should find interesting.

The Class of 1968 was graduated at Huntington High School’s 107th commencement on Sunday, June 23 at 3:15 p.m. in the school auditorium. English teacher Christopher Cusamano used an organ to play Pomp and Circumstance as the seniors filed into the auditorium. Rev. Wallace T. Viets gave the invocation and the benediction. Principal Robert A. Cushman introduced the speakers and presided over his final commencement after a long career in the district as a teacher and administrator.

The Class of 1968’s valedictorian John J. Dryden and salutatorian Judith A. Hough both addressed the commencement crowd along with “honor speaker” Barbara J. Schaefer. Superintendent Christopher R. Vaghts presented the class members, announcing their names as the seniors climbed the steps to the stage to receive their diplomas from School Board President Robert R. Maller and Trustee Faye Raymon.

Huntington High School's main lobby in the 1960s had many more windows than it does today.
Huntington High School's main lobby in the 1960s had many more windows than it does today.
Robert Cushman was Huntington High School's principal in 1968.
Robert Cushman was Huntington High School's principal in 1968.