Long Beach Alumni Newsletter
This organization will enable us to fundraise and put those funds towards projects and programs that will benefit the Long Beach school community. Members of the alumni association, community, and retired board members are currently volunteering their time to establish a mission and goals, and organize a fundraising event to help the foundation grow. More information to follow!
As this year comes to a close, it is my hope that your family finds time to BE TOGETHER, and enjoy each other's company. Let us use this summer to rest, relax and recharge for another successful school year!
Tyler Collinson, Class of 2021
Tyler is passionate about volunteerism, writing and veterinary medicine, which is evident by her participation in several student mentor experiences through the organizations Big Brothers Big Sisters, Athletes Helping Athletes, and Odyssey of the Mind.
Additionally, Tyler is the editor and staff writer for the Long Beach Tide, LBHS's newspaper, as well as the editor and contributor to Fragments, the school's arts and literary magazine. In both capacities, she leads weekly meetings, designs layouts, edits and writes. It was a no brainer to ask Tyler to interview our next alumni spotlight, Mr. Michael Robinson, Class of 1958. Not only is she extremely gifted in the area of writing and editing, but they are some of her favorite things to do!
In closing, Tyler encourages current Long Beach students to continue working towards their goals, no matter how impossible they seem. She continues, "it's your effort that will achieve what you want, so put your all into everything you do!" Good luck at Cornell, Tyler!
Michael Robinson, Class of 1958
Coming from a family of LBHS alumni, Michael Robinson has always felt a deep connection to the Long Beach community. He grew up in Long Beach, attended East Elementary School, and graduated from LBHS in 1958. He worked as the manager of the high school baseball team and was a patrol leader of his Boy Scouts troop. After graduation, Michael attended Michigan State University for business, then worked in finance for Waverly Textiles and later in long-term care insurance. He also served as a board officer of the Lawrence Golf Club.
Michael fondly recalls his days at LBHS, and he still maintains a strong sense of pride for LBHS and the Long Beach community. His favorite memory is of “Senior Class Day,” when the entire senior grade played truant and rode their bikes to the Atlantic Beach Bridge. Sometimes, students would race to the beach to see who dared enter the ocean first in April. Another fun Long Beach tradition was Friday Convocation, in which students participated in a schoolwide activity like a Talent Show. During the snowy winters, Michael recalled how Long Beach parents would drive around town, towing their kids in sleds. He also noted that even in 1955, the Long Beach versus Oceanside rivalry was going strong.
Although Long Beach has changed much since 1955 (from an almost rural suburb to the small city it is today), Michael reflected that the surrounding community and support has not. He noted that his class of 222 students was very tight-knit and still keeps in contact today. His teachers were always there to help their students and foster success, of which LBHS students had a lot. Many of his classmates went on to successful careers in athletics, acting, science, and local law enforcement and emergency services. The Long Beach community, which Michael recalled was inclusive to everyone, taught students to put up with a wide array of people from different backgrounds and interests.
Michael is currently enjoying his retirement in Florida, but he notes that Long Beach was the best place he has ever lived in. He advises current students to enjoy their final years of school before they’re over and make memories to remember these formative years. - Tyler Collinson
Oh The Places They'll Go
Sixty-two Class of 2021 graduates celebrated their completion of the International Baccalaureate Diploma Program. This feat entailed three higher-level and three standard-level International Baccalaureate courses, assessments, a Theory of Knowledge course, an extended essay and a community service project.
Decision Day 2021
The high school faculty and staff celebrated ALL seniors on Monday, May 3rd. Seniors shared their post-high school plans, whether employment, military, college, and #decisionday2021 was displayed in the Commons for all to enjoy! #goingplaces #thefutureisbright
Senior Scholarship Ceremony
Seniors were honored with awards recognizing their dedication to academics, the arts, athletics, community service and other areas during an outdoor celebration. This year’s Senior Scholarship Night, held on Alumni Field, continued an annual tradition by acknowledging members of the graduating class for their many achievements.
Decision Day 2021
Senior Scholarship Ceremony
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In Loving Memory of Leo Padalino, LBHS Social Studies Teacher 1935-2021
Leo was a dedicated social studies teacher at the high school for 32 years.
Leo ran the Long Beach Teachers Federal Credit Union with John Ayres, former LBHS guidance counselor, Jay Spitz, former LBHS math teacher, and Jim Fiola, math teacher. Jim is finishing up his 21st year of teaching at the high school.
Leo made everyone feel welcome and important. He impacted the lives of hundreds of students and was an integral part of his family.
Following his passing on March 16, 2021, his former students have chosen to honor him with a memorial scholarship. An annual scholarship will be awarded to a deserving college bound LBHS senior who has performed significant community service, excelled in Social Studies, and proven financial need. Donations in any amount may be made by check, payable to "LBSD Scholarship Fund" with "Leo Padalino Memorial Scholarship" written in the memo section. Checks should be mailed to the LBHS scholarship coordinator:
LBHS, LBHS Counseling Department
322 Lagoon Drive West
Lido Beach, NY 11561
Leo will be missed by his family and friends near and far.
Class of 1981, 40th Reunion
Thursday, July 22nd, 7-10pm
1751 Ocean Boulevard
Atlantic Beach, NY
Rain date will be Thursday, July 29th.
Zelle: 516 668 8964
Mail: Linda Trivoluzzi Flannery
14 Mansfield Place
Lynbrook, NY 11563
**ADVANCED TICKETS ONLY/TICKETS WILL NOT BE AVAILABLE AT THE DOOR**
For additional information please contact Charlotte McColgan at LBHS1981@aol.com