West Windsor-Plainsboro High School, Class of 1987, seeks classmates for its 20-year reunion, to be held in August. Jack Silbert, senior class president, who helped organize the 5 and 10-year reunions, is organizing the event along with other class officers and the yearbook editor, Kimberly (Prihoda) Dolin.
Silbert, a resident of Hoboken, works in New York City as an editor for Scholastic Classroom Magazine, a publication for middle-school students. As a freelance writer, his work often appears in the New Jersey section of the New York Times, and he is the author of “Santa in Space,” an out-of-print children’s book.
“When we entered the building in 1981, it was still very much an “open school” experimental design of the 1970s — open spaces containing three different classes,” says Silbert. “By the time we left in 1987, there were partitions everywhere, classes in hallways — the overcrowding that led to the construction of more schools.”
“We were the last class to attend the high school from grades 7 to 12,” says Dolin, who teaches special education at Grover Middle School, and lives in New Egypt.
“We were probably the first of the MTV generation,” says Silbert. Famous alumni include Mark Flythe, a defensive end for the New York Giants in 1993. As an actor, he appeared in “Apt Pupil,” the 1998 film directed by Bryan Singer, WW-PHS, Class of 1984. Grammy-nominated James Murphy who records as “LCD Soundsystem” is a classmate from the Class of 1988.
Actor Ethan Hawke was in the 7th/8th grade play with Silbert. “He was then in a major motion picture, ‘Explorers,’ and left for Hun School,” recalls Silbert. “We didn’t hear anything about him for a few years. Then when I was a sophomore at Carnegie Mellon, incoming-freshman Ethan Hawke was on my floor. Within a couple of months, he left to film ‘Dead Poets Society.’”
During their senior year, the Statue of Liberty celebrated its first 100 years; Kate Smith, Benny Goodman, James Cagney, and Ted Knight died. Their yearbook “Life: A Year in Pictures” imitates magazines.
“We’ve got everyone from event planners to FBI agents volunteering so it’s been pretty easy so far,” he says. The reunion will be held the weekend of August 4 and 5, with an evening event on Saturday and a family-friendly daytime event on Sunday.