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Roslyn Turns Out for Homecoming 2011

There was no parade down Roslyn Road this year, but the day was a big success anyway, as Roslyn High School celebrated its annual Homecoming last Saturday, Oct. 1.

A unique part of the festivities was a ribbon-cutting ceremony to mark the reopening of the Roslyn High School cafeteria. With tight school budgets the order of the day, the Roslyn community pitched in to help the facility undergo a much-needed and successful transformation into a cafeteria that better serves the high school student body. According to school district officials, the cafeteria now resembles a college union with more seating capacity and is now more inviting and user-friendly.  In addition, the area is Wi-Fi-enabled, making it a perfect meeting place for students at the high school. 

Numerous local dignitaries attended the ceremony, including Nassau County Legislator Wayne Wink (D-Roslyn); Roslyn High School Principal Kevin Scanlon; Village of East Hills Mayor Michael Koblenz; Roslyn Board of Education President Meryl Waxman Ben-Levy; the Deputy Mayor of East Hills Manny Zuckerman; BOE Vice President Cliff Saffron; BOE Trustee Bruce Valauri; District Court Judge Sharon Gianelli; BOE Trustee Adam Haber; Roslyn Schools Superintendent Dan Brenner; Town of North Hempstead Receiver of Taxes Charles Berman and Village of Roslyn Mayor Jeffrey Schwartzberg.

After the ribbon-cutting ceremony, the day’s events turned to the athletic field. There, the award-winning Roslyn High School band put on another fine show. The band recently took a second place prize in an 11-band competition held at Brentwood High School.

At 4 p.m., the Bulldogs took on rivals Great Neck North for the day’s big event. Even though they put up their best showing of the year, including a spirited comeback in the fourth quarter, the Bulldogs fell short to Great Neck, 15-6.

This Thursday, the Bulldogs will host Valley Stream South in a 4:30 p.m. home game.

With the renovation of the school cafeteria such a success, maybe that momentum could carry over to the much-needed restoration of the landmark “Horse Tamer” statue that has stood at the entrance of Roslyn High School since the 1950s. The statue, as school district officials note, was constructed over a century ago as it was commissioned to stand on the grounds of the Mackay Estate, currently the Country Estates neighborhood. After the Mackay Estates were demolished to make way for residential housing, the statue found its way to the high school. That move was facilitated with the help of private funds and more than 50 years later, more private funding will be needed to save the statute altogether. Anyone who wishes to help underwrite the cost of renovating this local landmark should contact the office of the Superintendent at 801-5001.

Either way, pride in the Roslyn community and its school district was once again on display in a big way at the homecoming festivities.