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Van Buren alumni plan celebration

The Martin Van Buren High School Alumni Alliance is planning a day of celebration at the school later this month.
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The Martin Van Buren High School Alumni Alliance will host a day of celebration May 17, when former students and educators will join with the current classes to highlight the school’s rich heritage.

Nobel Prize Laureates Frank Wilczek and Alvin Roth, inventor and futurist Ray Kurzweil, advertising executive and TV personality Donny Deutsch and Fordham basketball Coach Tom Pecora are among the alumni expected to attend, as well as teachers, students and staff spanning more than five decades at the Oakland Gardens institution.

The day will begin at the Van Buren campus, at 230-17 Hillside Ave., with a community basketball clinic led by Pecora and his staff from 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. Attendance is limited. Sign up at

An open house showcasing the school’s programs will be held from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. A Hall of Fame ceremony will be held from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., and from 8 p.m. to midnight the school will host a reunion for all 55 graduating classes.

Reach reporter Rich Bockmann by e-mail at or by phone at 718-260-4574.

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anon from queens says:
Why? My cousins went to that school back in the late 80s- early 90s and they hated the school. My Uncle tried to pull them out of it but the school told them no even though they almost got killed in that school just because they were white. That school has more things to focus on then a class reunion.
May 10, 2014, 7:16 am
Kris from Queens Village says:
Absolutely agree,

No point, things have changed, and martin van buren has long been destined slowly to failure, just because you went somewhere 50 years ago, doesn't make it special, its the administration, neighborhood, and historical circumstances that make things special.

Many schools in east new york used to be mostly white, should alumni get involved, would residents even hate white folks from getting involved as foreigners trying to influence the school?
June 7, 2014, 3:21 am

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