Alumni & Friends News


Carolyn (Bauling) Raphael – M&A ‘57
Carolyn’s latest poetry collection, Travelers on My Route, was published by Kelsay Books in 2023. It includes a poem about Renaissance Art (“The Day Verrocchio Put His Paintbrush Down”) and a poem about her efforts to learn Italian (“Verbs I Learned at the Opera”).

Purchase information about the book and several of her poems appear on my website: carolynraphaelpoetry.com.

Marlene (Marmer) Siff – M&A ‘53
Marlene’s work on paper, Negotiation, will be on view in a group exhibition, Every Picture Tells A Story, at Silvermine Galleries in New Caanan, CT through April 4th.

Additionally, her painting A Dozen Roses has been accepted into Passion, an online group show by the San Fernando Valley Arts and Cultural Center. The show will run from February 1st to March 31st on www.sfvacc.org.

Billy Dee Williams – M&A ‘55
Released his memoir “What Have We Here?” on February 13th.

“A film legend recalls his remarkable life of nearly eight decades—a heralded actor who’s played the roles he wanted, from Brian’s Song to Lando in the Star Wars universe—unchecked by the racism and typecasting so rife in the mostly all-white industry in which he triumphed.

Billy Dee Williams was born in Harlem in 1937 and grew up in a household of love and sophistication. As a young boy, he made his stage debut working with Lotte Lenya in an Ira Gershwin/Kurt Weill production where Williams ended up feeding Lenya her lines. He studied painting, first at the High School of Music and Art, with fellow student Diahann Carroll, and then at the National Academy of Fine Art, before setting out to pursue acting with Herbert Berghoff, Stella Adler, and Sidney Poitier.

His first film role was in The Last Angry Man , the great Paul Muni’s final film. It was Muni who gave Billy the advice that sent him soaring as an actor, “You can play any character you want to play no matter who you are, no matter the way you look or the color of your skin.” And Williams writes, ‘I wanted to be anyone I wanted to be.’”


Comments Box SVG iconsUsed for the like, share, comment, and reaction icons

Thursday June 13th, 2024

Join Charles Fox (M&A ’58) Featuring The Bobby Sanabria Band live in concert, for one night only! They will be performing songs from his documentary “Killing Me Softly With His Songs” at the Cutting Room on Wednesday, June 26th!

Fox is a Songwriter Hall of Fame inductee, composer, conductor and pianist, who has composed numerous symphonic concerts and chamber music works. Additionally, Fox has composed the music for more than 100 films and many iconic TV series.

You can get tickets at: thecuttingroomnyc.com
... See MoreSee Less

Join Charles Fox (M&A ’58) Featuring The Bobby Sanabria Band live in concert, for one night only! They will be performing songs from his documentary “Killing Me Softly With His Songs” at the Cutting Room on Wednesday, June 26th!

Fox is a Songwriter Hall of Fame inductee, composer, conductor and pianist, who has composed numerous symphonic concerts and chamber music works. Additionally, Fox has composed the music for more than 100 films and many iconic TV series. 

You can get tickets at: thecuttingroomnyc.com

Monday June 10th, 2024

It was lovely to see everyone and to welcome our alumni from all graduation years ending in “4” and “9” and all classes from 1950-58 this past weekend!

Enjoy a few moments we captured from Saturday! We will keep you posted when we get all photos back and uploaded.
... See MoreSee Less

It was lovely to see everyone and to welcome our alumni from all graduation years ending in “4” and “9” and all classes from 1950-58 this past weekend!

Enjoy a few moments we captured from Saturday!  We will keep you posted when we get all photos back and uploaded.

Comment on Facebook

My sister and late friend went to PA... just a suggestion but when you're talking about alumni perhaps you should also include the name High School of Performing Arts because that's what it was called back in the 70s when they went...

Friday June 7th, 2024

You have two chances to attend the Spring Semi-Annual Concert on Friday 6/7 and Saturday 6/8!

Don’t miss the chance to watch the phenomenal LaGuardia Philharmonic and Senior Chorus!
... See MoreSee Less

You have two chances to attend the Spring Semi-Annual Concert on Friday 6/7 and Saturday 6/8!  

Don’t miss the chance to watch the phenomenal LaGuardia Philharmonic and Senior Chorus!

Thursday May 30th, 2024

Come join the senior dancers this weekend for the 2024 Graduation Dance Concert in the LaGuardia Concert Hall! Performances will take place Friday, May 31st and Saturday, June 1st at 7pm as well as Sunday, June 2nd at 2pm.

You don’t want to miss this amazing performance!!
... See MoreSee Less

Come join the senior dancers this weekend for the 2024 Graduation Dance Concert in the LaGuardia Concert Hall! Performances will take place Friday, May 31st and Saturday, June 1st at 7pm as well as Sunday, June 2nd at 2pm. 

You don’t want to miss this amazing performance!!

Friday May 10th, 2024

Our condolences go out to the Kabak family as they have announced the passing of Robert Kabak (M&A ’48).

Bob's career was accomplished both as an educator and a fine arts painter.

Bob thought of himself as a 'colorist' and said of his work:

"The canyon country especially has been the greatest inspiration for my work: the color and variety of the sculptured landscape, the architectural presence of the geologic formations, the animation of the landscape into metaphors of cities and timelessness, all in new colors and light. I saw the world fresh in the eonic layering of structures, the emergence of forms, and the carving of rivers, all joined in wonder and imagination. The western landscape is beautiful, varied, and astonishing. It was like seeing the ultimate scroll painting-the world revealing itself, reaching a climax of intricate carving and gestures in the southwest desert country of Utah and Arizona."

If you would like to attend, Bob's family is hosting a Zoom Memorial on Monday, May 13 at 7:00pm ET.

Join Zoom Meeting
us02web.zoom.us/j/82905897508?pwd=TTFrMDJDU1NyRklFUGxKREVhV21QZz09

Meeting ID: 829 0589 7508
Passcode: kabak
... See MoreSee Less

Our condolences go out to the Kabak family as they have announced the passing of Robert Kabak (M&A ’48).

Bobs career was accomplished both as an educator and a fine arts painter.

Bob thought of himself as a colorist and said of his work:

The canyon country especially has been the greatest inspiration for my work: the color and variety of the sculptured landscape, the architectural presence of the geologic formations, the animation of the landscape into metaphors of cities and timelessness, all in new colors and light. I saw the world fresh in the eonic layering of structures, the emergence of forms, and the carving of rivers, all joined in wonder and imagination. The western landscape is beautiful, varied, and astonishing. It was like seeing the ultimate scroll painting-the world revealing itself, reaching a climax of intricate carving and gestures in the southwest desert country of Utah and Arizona.

If you would like to attend, Bobs family is hosting a Zoom Memorial on Monday, May 13 at 7:00pm ET.

Join Zoom Meeting
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82905897508?pwd=TTFrMDJDU1NyRklFUGxKREVhV21QZz09

Meeting ID: 829 0589 7508
Passcode: kabak

Comment on Facebook

We are praying that a God will comfort and strengthen his family. MJC

I loved Mr. Kabak! I'm class of 1962. I remember on the first day of school, he introduced himself, wrote his name on the board, and said, "If you spell my name backwards, you fail.". He was a great artist, art teacher and human being!

Monday May 6th, 2024

Calling all LaGuardia Vocal Alumni!
#repost @laguardia.arts

———

Dear LaGuardia Vocal Alumni,

We would like to cordially invite you to attend the Spring Choral Concert at The Riverside Church on Tuesday, May 21, at 7:00 PM. The final performance of the evening will be dedicated to the late, beloved Robert Rogers who served as the LaGuardia vocal accompanist from 2005 until 2020. We would truly love for alumni to perform with us! The piece is “Prelude to Peace” by Z. Randall Stroope.

Thank you,
Jana Ballard

A PDF and rehearsal tracks will be sent to those who register. You can sign up to register here: docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSersM5OzDW_aDJqyAO_RNLjZUM0f5qmqMzKzUw9aF4XItEJ6Q/viewform
... See MoreSee Less

Calling all LaGuardia Vocal Alumni!
#repost @laguardia.arts 

———

Dear LaGuardia Vocal Alumni,

We would like to cordially invite you to attend the Spring Choral Concert at The Riverside Church on Tuesday, May 21, at 7:00 PM. The final performance of the evening will be dedicated to the late, beloved Robert Rogers who served as the LaGuardia vocal accompanist from 2005 until 2020. We would truly love for alumni to perform with us! The piece is “Prelude to Peace” by Z. Randall Stroope.

Thank you,
Jana Ballard

A PDF and rehearsal tracks will be sent to those who register. You can sign up to register here: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSersM5OzDW_aDJqyAO_RNLjZUM0f5qmqMzKzUw9aF4XItEJ6Q/viewform

Comment on Facebook

I wish that I could join you. I still sing at 90, but this spring has shut me down with allergies.

Friday March 22nd, 2024

Mark your calendars for 6:30pm on March 27th and come join the LaGuardia Philharmonic Orchestra for their annual Concerto Concert! ... See MoreSee Less

Mark your calendars for 6:30pm on March 27th and come join the LaGuardia Philharmonic Orchestra for their annual Concerto Concert!

Wednesday March 6th, 2024

We want to celebrate more alumni and the amazing work you've been doing!

Comment below any alumni who have been nominated throughout the 2024 awards season.

Ready, and go!
... See MoreSee Less

We want to celebrate more alumni and the amazing work youve been doing! 

Comment below any alumni who have been nominated throughout the 2024 awards season. 

Ready, and go!

Comment on Facebook

Hoping our alum Ellen Mirojnick, M&A '67 graduate (Ellen Schneid, when we knew her!) wins the Oscar for her costumes in the film "Oppenheimer"... Rooting for her all the way!!!

TL Cross

Would love a list of alum who have ever been nominated.

Jason Oldak nominated for an ASC award for Cinematography for his work on Lessons in Chemistry. 🙌🏼

Thursday February 29th, 2024

With February coming to an end, we wanted to give a shout-out to a few of the awesome things our Alumni have done this month!

- Photo #1 – Billy Dee Williams (M&A ’55) released his memoir “What Have We Here?” on February 13th

- Photo #2 – Lola Tung (LaG ’20) had her Broadway debut on February 9th as Eurydice in Hadestown

- Photo #3 – Marlene Siff (M&A ’53), starting February 28th, has her work on paper, "Negotiation", being shown in a group exhibition, “Every Picture Tells a Story” at Silvermine Galleries in New Canaan, CT

- Photo #4 – Adrian Wiltshire (LaG ’00) worked as an Associate Choreographer at this year’s Grammy awards

- Photo #5 – Carolyn Raphael (M&A ‘57) released her latest book of poetry “Travelers on My Route”
... See MoreSee Less

With February coming to an end, we wanted to give a shout-out to a few of the awesome things our Alumni have done this month!

- Photo #1 – Billy Dee Williams (M&A ’55) released his memoir “What Have We Here?” on February 13th

- Photo #2 – Lola Tung (LaG ’20) had her Broadway debut on February 9th as Eurydice in Hadestown

- Photo #3 – Marlene Siff (M&A ’53), starting February 28th, has her work on paper, Negotiation, being shown in a group exhibition, “Every Picture Tells a Story” at Silvermine Galleries in New Canaan, CT

- Photo #4 – Adrian Wiltshire (LaG ’00) worked as an Associate Choreographer at this year’s Grammy awards

- Photo #5  – Carolyn Raphael (M&A ‘57) released her latest book of poetry “Travelers on My Route”

Comment on Facebook

Super great. Encore. Encore. Encore.

Wednesday February 14th, 2024

Save the date for our 2024 reunion! M&A, PA, and LaGuardia alumni for the graduation years ending in "4" and "9" and all classes from 1940-1963, join us at LaGuardia High School on Saturday, June 8, 2024!

The schedule of events and more information will follow at a later date.
... See MoreSee Less

Save the date for our 2024 reunion! M&A, PA, and LaGuardia alumni for the graduation years ending in 4 and 9 and all classes from 1940-1963, join us at LaGuardia High School on Saturday, June 8, 2024!

The schedule of events and more information will follow at a later date.

Comment on Facebook

Quite frankly I don't understand the cherry picked dates. You wanna create ill will. Congrats.

so what happened to the class of '76?

Thank you for this information Elinora! Now it’s in ink and we know the address so we faraway graduates can get a hotel room. Yay!!!

Why only until 1963?

Eli Mallon Are you being facetious?

I moved to Tennessee over a year ago. Kept hoping there would have been a reunion while I was still on Long Island. I doubt I’ll attend now, unless a list of my class members attending becomes available. 1962.

Why just those years?

So the class of 1964 is not included?

Where is it?

Was there one last year for class of 2013 that I missed? We’ve been connecting on our own, but it would be nice to have an official reunion at the school 🙁

if it ends in 1963 does that mean there is no reunuion for 1974? Gee i am confused...

I am a ‘62 graduate. Waited through the Covid freeze on our reunion while living on LI and would happily attended up through 2022. But in 2023, I moved here ( E Tennessee) and don’t think I’d make the trip alone ( I’ve been a Widower since 2008. Wouldn’t mind hearing from fellow alums here, however. Maybe some of us will be able to chat!

Moved to E Tennessee from NY in December of ‘22 . I would have gladly joined the few members of my class of ‘62 had I not. But, I don’t think I’ll travel ( I’m a Widower since 2008). But, I’d like to chat with any of my classmates who’d be willing to update our lives,

I waited patiently for another ‘62 reunion. But, in December of 2022, I moved to Tennessee from NY. Now I’d be happy to see comments from former classmates that might start chats. For those of them who did not know, Steve Carver, a Hollywood, Producer/Director/ Photographer friend , and baseball teammate, passed away during the COVID worst days. We were FB friends too.

Thx!

Thank you. I will be there. I want to see Chunga, Bill Charlapp, China, Tiffany, Mike Munves, Petros, Etc... you all(1884 grads) called me Curtis. Music major( piano & French horn).

I'm a 1999'er but I'll be coming b/c it'd be a privilege and an honor to walk amongst GREATS 💐❣️🙂!

View more comments

Monday January 29th, 2024

Congratulations to everyone involved in putting together this year’s Rising Stars show, it was fantastic!

Thank you to everyone who came out to support! We were lucky to have over 60 alumni join us to watch Sunday’s performance!
... See MoreSee Less

Congratulations to everyone involved in putting together this year’s Rising Stars show, it was fantastic! 

Thank you to everyone who came out to support! We were lucky to have over 60 alumni join us to watch Sunday’s performance!

Comment on Facebook

I was one of the 60! 😄

The kids did an amazing job - totally student produced!

👍😃

Tuesday January 23rd, 2024

Get your tickets today for the fantastic 2024 Rising Stars show!! Don’t miss out on these incredible performances.

Alumni & Friends will be at the 2pm show on Sunday, January 28th and are calling all alumni to come join us!

Purchase your tickets here - www.tix.com/ticket-sales/tix/4588
... See MoreSee Less

Get your tickets today for the fantastic 2024 Rising Stars show!! Don’t miss out on these incredible performances.

Alumni & Friends will be at the 2pm show on Sunday, January 28th and are calling all alumni to come join us!

Purchase your tickets here - https://www.tix.com/ticket-sales/tix/4588

Comment on Facebook

Such a great show !

Thursday January 18th, 2024

Time is running out! Apply now for Summer Study Scholarships! Applications are due Monday, January 22nd! Don’t miss out! ... See MoreSee Less

Time is running out! Apply now for Summer Study Scholarships! Applications are due Monday, January 22nd! Don’t miss out!

Tuesday January 16th, 2024

Calling all alumni! Don’t miss this opportunity to see the 2024 Rising Stars show! Alumni are always welcome! Buy your tickets for the Sunday, January 28th at 2 pm show! You’ll see your friends, and the show! Link in bio or at www.tix.com/ticket-sales/tix/4588/event/1367234! ... See MoreSee Less

Calling all alumni! Don’t miss this opportunity to see the 2024 Rising Stars show! Alumni are always welcome! Buy your tickets for the Sunday, January 28th at 2 pm show! You’ll see your friends, and the show! Link in bio or at https://www.tix.com/ticket-sales/tix/4588/event/1367234!

Wednesday January 3rd, 2024

Apply to the Northwestern Cherubs Scholarship! Open to current LaGuardia Sophomores and Juniors. Application link in bio.

Visit nhsi.northwestern.edu for more information.
... See MoreSee Less

Apply to the Northwestern Cherubs Scholarship! Open to current LaGuardia Sophomores and Juniors. Application link in bio. 

Visit nhsi.northwestern.edu for more information.

Comment on Facebook

Wow! This is awesome!

Tuesday January 2nd, 2024

Happy New Year from Alumni & Friends of LaGuardia! #fameschool #laguardiahighschool #nyc #laguardia ... See MoreSee Less

Happy New Year from Alumni & Friends of LaGuardia! #fameschool #laguardiahighschool #nyc #laguardia

Thursday December 21st, 2023

Current students! Scholarships are open! Take some time over the break to apply! Deadline is January 22.2024. ... See MoreSee Less

Current students! Scholarships are open! Take some time over the break to apply! Deadline is January 22.2024.

Wednesday December 13th, 2023

Congratulations to our favorite movie for being named to the National Film Registry!! #FameSchool #laguardiahs ... See MoreSee Less

Congratulations to our favorite movie for being named to the National Film Registry!! #fameschool #laguardiahs

Comment on Facebook

Abigail Alperstein Ruttenberg

Well deserved 👏🏾👏🏾

We’re gonna live forever

Remember! Remember! Remember!

It’s gonna live forever!

I love this! For decades, all I had to say, was, I went to the “fame“ school, and everyone knew what school I meant! Now, in my time, the two schools were called “LaGuardia“ only on paper, till they finally were housed in one building. But it was still “LaGuardia“! 

❤️

Yes!

😊

Yay!!!!!

The original or remake?

I Sing The Body Electric 🎶

Super great.

Now we will live forever-and perhaps it will inspire new generation of youngsters to aim high. work hard and love every moment.

❤️

Yes!!!!

My Alma Mater

#PerformingArts #MusicAndArt

It’s gonna live forever!

As it should……. Much well deserved.

It was on last night on Turner Classics! Great to see it again.

Much Well Deserved. I was just watching it yesterday….

View more comments

Load more