"He was here night and day, seven days a week," Horsman said. Pitkin even wrote the school's alma mater.
In 1963, the school was allowed to open to all four years of high school, as per state standards. Two decades later, in 1988, the school added a special education program. As teachers began to fine-tune the program, today, 74 percent of the special education population at Shaker High School has earned Regents diplomas and 83 percent of the special education population has earned admission to a college or university.
In 1990, Shaker High School became one of the first in the state to become an all-Regents high school, meaning 90 percent of the school's graduates heave earned Regents diplomas.
Principal Richard Murphy said he has been working with staff and Shaker High School alum to find an appropriate and exciting way to celebrate Shaker High School's 50th anniversary.
"What we've been focusing on, really at the high school, is the rededication of the school," he said.
According to Murphy, Shaker High School was originally dedicated on Nov. 9, which is why the committee working on the celebration chose to have it rededicated this year on the same day.
Horsman said the committee also chose to have punch and cookies served at the rededication, because they were the refreshments being served at the original dedication.
Students from every class in the high school were asked to complete a project reflecting the 50 years of Shaker High School. These projects will be on display at the high school on Sunday, Nov. 9.
As part of the rededication ceremony, guests will hear from Assistant Commissioner of Education Edward Placke; former principals Arthur Walker and James Jackson; retired Assistant Superintendent Peter McManus; New York State Assemblyman Robert Reilly, D-Newtonville; Superintendent of Schools Randy Ehrenberg; Principal Richard Murphy; Board of Education President Joan Hart; and many more.
To attend Shaker High School's rededication ceremony, contact Karen Klepper at 785-5511. ""