It was a wonderful community event – Main Street was crowded with mini-reunions and people reminiscing about their time at North. The yard sale was a screaming success – I got a (working) microscope for a dollar which we will actually use. The food looked great – I was on the Joos cleanse so I stayed vegan.
Claudia Wu and Kristen Grannon were the volunteers coordinators behind Bringing Down The House and all of their hard work and meticulous planning and coercing volunteers was evident as was the true spirit of Newton North.
The old Newton North High School is being torn down – physically in January of next year but this weekend is the celebration of the history of North. Two amazingly dedicated volunteers, Claudia Wu and Kristen Grannon, head up the committee. They, with a team including teachers and administration staff, students (current and former) and parents have planned an incredible tribute to the school.
Main Street is the heart of Newton North and there will be a living timeline of the history of the school, concerts, food, reunion spots along Main Street, film, videos, memorabilia, performances and a yard sale. Below, from the Facebook event page is the schedule of the weekend events.
BRINGING DOWN THE HOUSE
Celebrating the more than 30 years of Newton North High School before it closes its doors for the last time
Join in a fun-filled retrospective of student and community life at Newton North High School, before the building closes its doors for the last time. The free, 5-hour Open House is at the weekend’s core, with several ticketed entertainment events also planned. Here is the weekend itinerary:
Friday, June 4:
Kiss the Stage: A Theatre Ink Celebration. Looks back on four decades of theatre at North. Students and special guest alumni will recreate some of the most memorable numbers from Theatre Ink shows past. This event is part of Bringing Down the House, a celebration to commemorate the current Newton North building.Tickets available now at http://www.theatreink.net/. $5 for students/seniors, $10 for adults. 7:30 p.m. in Lasker Auditorium.
Saturday, June 5
Bringing Down the House Opening Ceremony. Kicks off the free Open House with music, photos, special guests and more. Free and open to the public.
12 noon, Lasker Auditorium. Please see visit the Newton North website (http://nnhs.newton.k12.ma.us/) for details
Open House. Take a walk down memory lane, meet old friends and say goodbye to Newton North as you knew it. The Open House will take you through the decades, with memorabilia, live entertainment, film and videos, and more. Lunch and merchandise will be available for purchase.
12:45 p.m-5:00p.m. Newton North’s Main Street Free and open to the public.
Great North Yard Sale. Surplus items will be on sale, with all proceeds going toward building the book collection at North’s new library. Old records, uniforms, props and locker fronts are just some of the items that will be available at very low cost.
2-4 p.m. Lower Gym.
Jubilee Concert. Come hear a variety of music, including spirituals, contemporary and traditional gospel music, as well as traditional African pieces in this final Jubilee Singers concert at Newton North.
June 5th, 7:30 p.m. in Lasker Auditorium. Tickets: $5 (students)$10. To reserve seats for this concert, email: email@example.com You will receive a confirmation and pick up your tickets at the door. Or tickets can be purchased from a Jubilee singer or at the door
* FYI: Parking is extremely limited. Public transportation or arriving on foot, if at all possible, is recommended.*
Sunday, June 6
Alumni Jazz Brunch. Come meet old friends, support your alma mater and walk together one last time down Main Street at the final Bringing Down the House event.
10 a.m.-2 p.m. Newton North Cafeteria
Tickets $22, available only in advance at http://www.nnhsalumnibrunch.myevent.com/
Looking for a Hotel? The following have a special BDTH Rate!
Indigo Newton: $189.00 a night (mention Newton North group)
Crowne Plaza Newton: Offer is $89.00 a night (mention Newton North
WHAT WE NEED FROM YOU!
We are looking for VOLUNTEERS to help in the planning and execution of this fantastic event so please fill out the volunteer form in the link below for more ways to get involved! http://www.northptso.org/bdh_signup_form.
CALLING NNHS ATHLETES/COACHES CURRENT AND PAST: We’re asking all current and former students and coaches to recruit their old coaches to come join the event to meet and greet former players in a bullpen at the Open House.
Email us photos of your high school memories for display on Main Street at Saturday’s open house. Photos should be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please include the subject, year, and identification of people, if possible
Alumni Bands are stepping up to play at Saturday’s Open House on Main Street. If your band would like to perform, please email email@example.com for details. The Open House will run 12:45-5 p.m. and we will book in 20-30 minute slots.
NNHS Alum Callie Lipton’s band The Dejas: http://www.thedejas.com/
We’d like to invite and celebrate our current and retired faculty, coaches, and staff at Saturday’s Open House. If you are a former or current faculty, staff and coach and plan on attending, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
We are trying to compile a list of Senior Pranks. Please report your class’s prank to email@example.com. Please include a description of prank, your class year and a photo, if possible.
If you haven’t heard about Newton North, it is commonly known as the most expensive high school being built in Massachusetts. It is expensive but it is needed. The current building is the kind of place that makes you consider private school. Right away. Once you get past the initial impression, you realize that the creative energy and cooperative spirit of the students and staff is amazing and despite the building’s overall ugliness and disrepair, you do actually want to send your child there.
This is just one of the murals at Newton North – go to the above link to see more. Sharon Schindler does such a great job photographing the school that it looks good, really good. It is a teardown, not to worry.
Newton North will have a fun-filled weekend called Bringing Down The House (run by some very dedicated parent and teacher volunteers) on June 4-6 that will be a retrospective of North and a time for current and former students to connect.
From the website:
Join in a fun-filled retrospective of student and community life at Newton North on June 4-6, before the building closes its doors for the last time. “Bringing Down the House” celebrates the more than 30 years of high school life at Newton North. The weekend features a free Open House from noon-5 p.m. Saturday, with a walk down memory lane on Main Street, memorabilia displays, video and music clips, alumni gatherings, art activities, live music, dining and the Great North Yard Sale. Other festivities include a Theatre Ink retrospective on Friday night, Jubilee concert on Saturday night and Alumni Jazz Brunch on Sunday morning. Times and ticket prices for these events will be announced soon.