Celebrating GNPS: 200 Years!


On Sunday, April 26, 2015, the Great Neck School Community is invited to a celebration of the 200th Anniversary of the Great Neck Public Schools. The event is called the "Showcase of Achievement: Celebrating 200 Years of Excellence and the Kickoff for 200 More!" The Showcase will be from 1-4 p.m., at South High School.

At 1:00 p.m., attendees can enjoy an informal reception in the school's auditorium lobby where there will also be a continuous showing of The First 200 Years video. The video, produced by GNPS/TV in conjunction with the 200th Anniversary of the Great Neck Public Schools, offers a highly entertaining and informative look at the school district, from its beginnings 200 years ago to the many current programs that truly make Great Neck a "lighthouse" district.

From 1:30-2:30 p.m., remarks and presentations will follow in the auditorium. Former Board of Education trustees and school administrators will be recognized; reflections will be offered by Board of Education President Barbara Berkowitz, Board Trustee Donald Ashkenase, and Superintendent Thomas Dolan; and three alumni (one from each of our high schools), representing all alumni, will be presented with 200th Anniversary Alumni Awards. The honored alumni will be: Dr. Mary L. Cleave, North High School Class of 1965 (second female astronaut); Roy G. Niederhoffer, South High School Class of 1982 (hedge fund manager and philanthropist); and Ilan D. Hall, Village School Class of 2000 (chef, and winner of the TV series Top Chef).

From 2:30-4 p.m., the gala Showcases of Achievement will fill the East Gym with displays from over two-dozen school district programs and organizations. Attendees can walk from station to station to view and learn about: Adult Basic Education, Athletics, Community Education, Community School, DECA, ESL, Facilities/Structures, GNPS/TV, GNTA, Guide Post, Historical Perspective of Former Buildings, Internships, Mathematics: Elementary Instruction, Music, Opera, Outdoor Education, Public Service Learning, Responsive Classrooms, Robotics, SEAL, School Lunch Program, Science Research, Shared Decision Making/Goal Setting, Stages, Summer Recreation, Teachers College Reading & Writing, UPTC, and Visual Arts.

Come join the Great Neck Public Schools 200th Anniversary Celebration on Sunday, April 26, from 1-4 p.m., at South High School!