Wingate High’s class of ‘62 reunites after graduating 50 years ago!

Hey, that’s me!: Wingate High School class of ‘62ers Leslie Leichter, Mark Radzely, and Lois Dessant point to their younger selves in a picture at their 50th anniversary reunion.
Photo by Arthur De Gaeta

The Wingate High School class of 1962 got together for a reunion at Gargiulo’s in Coney Island on Sunday — 50 years after graduating from the esteemed, albeit, no-longer existing, educational facility.

And everyone still looked great.

“Maybe a little less hair, and a little more around the middle, but mostly everybody looked stunning,” said Wingate alumna and reunion organizer Iris Feldman.

More than 140 former Wingate students turned up for the Brooklyn reunion bash, hailing from all four corners of the United States.

Alumni took the trip out from across the tri-state area to reconnect with old pals at the fancy Italian eatery, according to Feldman.

The class of ’62 is also a fine example of what the city’s public school system can achieve, according to alumna and reunion organizer Carol Weiner.

“They are so accomplished and, I have to tell you, people who don’t have faith in what New York City public school children can accomplish should look at this class, because they’re living the American dream,” she said.

The class of ’62 is so admired, in fact, that alumni from other classes were trying to get in on the reunion action.

“That was the class to be in,” said Feldman. “Actually, we even had some members who were not in that class, who were in ’63 or ’61, who wanted to be in on that experience as well.”

Maybe it’s because of all the love.

“It was amazing,” said Weiner, who has no relation to the former state senator from Brooklyn. “So much love, I mean, this class was so special. The day just blew away, I didn’t have enough time with everybody.”

Even more amazing, however, was that three teachers made it!

Former english teachers and New Yorkers Jon Bebhardt and Jerome Tanklow stopped by, and health teacher Gloria Caplan came up from Flordia — Florida! — 50 years after molding the unruly knuckleheads from the class of ’62 into the fine ladies and gentleman they are today.

Reach reporter Colin MIxson at cmixson@cnglocal.com or by calling (718) 260-4514.

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