Long Beach Alumni Newsletter

Winter 2022

Happy New Year!

The City of Long Beach is celebrating 100 years this year. Founded in 1880, when the first Long Beach hotel was built, it continued to grow with the help of the railroad. In 1922, Long Beach was established as a city.

Prior to 1911, the Long Beach School District was a part of the Oceanside School District. In 1913, Long Beach became an Incorporated Village, which included 50 homes and full time residents. The first school was located in one room in the Nassau Hotel. Additional school buildings were needed as summer residency changed to year long. The additional school building was a storefront on Park Ave and Magnolia Blvd. The Long Beach School District was officially created on September 5, 1915.

Magnolia School opened in 1922 with six classrooms, three teachers, and a principal. In 1925, the third school building was built at 91 Maryland Avenue (currently known as West Elementary School). The first superintendent of schools for Long Beach was Walter Schwalje (1924 - 1942).

In 1930, there were 1,410 students in the district and plans for an additional school on Lindell Blvd were prepared in 1934. The Lindell School opened in 1940. Richard Maher was principal from 1929 until 1942, when he became the second superintendent of schools for Long Beach School District.

The independent Long Beach Union Free School District was formed in 1924, and became a city school district in 1951.The school district is currently comprised of four elementary schools, one middle school and one senior high school.

(Information from Empire State Library Network)

Old Long Beach
Susan Wertheimer Epstein, Class of 1975, has always adored Long Beach and believes it is the greatest place to grow up. When she reflects on her childhood, fond memories of the boardwalk with all of its amusements, bowling alley, movie theaters, Jahn's Ice Cream Parlor, Beach Burger, the beach, and the mini golf course flood her mind. Susan also participated in the Long Beach Theater Guild. Her love of theater enhanced her high school experience as well. She performed in the musicals and dramas, and had the lead roles in Room Service and The Front Page.

Susan was admitted into New York University through their Early Admissions program. She entered NYU during, what would have been, her senior year in high school. At NYU, she majored in Speech and Educational Theatre and won the Actress of the Year Award in 1975.

After taking a year off from college to pursue acting, she attended and graduated from Baruch College in 1980.She has a degree in Psychology, Special Education (K-12), and Elementary Education (N-6). She received her Literacy Masters from Queens College in the early 1990's and completed the Administrative Certification Program from The College of New Rochelle.

Three years ago, Susan retired from Long Beach Middle School as an 8th grade special education teacher. Her former principal and current Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum and Instruction, Dr. Paul Romanelli, describes Sue as "a wonderful educator and an all-around great person. She refused to accept that a student could not learn a concept and used every tool in her teaching repertoire until meeting with success. She held her students to high expectations and supported them throughout their learning. Sue was also an amazing middle level educator because of her focus on educating the whole child. She built strong connections with her students and their families and placed particular importance on social and emotional learning in addition to academics. Personally, I was so lucky to work with her and our students were so lucky to have her as a teacher!"

Susan is married to Bob Epstein, a retired LBHS English teacher. They have two daughters and four grandchildren. Their daughters, Lauren (Class of '98) and Brooke (Class of '01) are both educators as well. Susan enjoys photography, painting, writing, traveling and walking on the boardwalk with Bob. She is a certified life coach and MBTI Personality Types Consultant. Her blog posts can be found on her website susanepsteinlifecoach.com.

When asked to give young alumni advice, Susan explains, "Life is made up of a multitude of minuscule moments which weave the quilt of our existence while time floats on, creating changes that we barely notice… we must be cognizant of these moments that are our lives and appreciate this journey, this ride of consciousness."

Beauty and the Beast Wrestling Tournament

The Long Beach Athletic Department will be hosting the 2nd Annual "Beauty and the Beast" Gymnastics and Wrestling Invitational. The varsity gymnastics and varsity wrestling teams will be competing at the same time in Long Beach High School gym on Thursday, January 27th at 7 p.m. The teams are raising money for Memorial Sloan Kettering Kids Hospital. They are honoring two pediatric cancer patients. To read about the event and/or donate, you can log on to this site:


Vintage Photos and Stories of Long Beach Wanted

Do you have archives of old photographs or vintage postcards? Are you knowledgeable about our local history? Would you like to help preserve our city's rich history?

The Centennial Committee is currently compiling a photographic history of the City of Long Beach and is looking for your help! We are assembling historic images of Long Beach and the stories that go along with the photos. They will be included in an upcoming souvenir book project. To share your photographs and stories, please email lbevents@longbeachny.gov. Please provide written details on each photo submitted; a date, location, description of landmark or location, names of individuals and photographer if known, and a brief explanation or story of the photo. Photos need to be scanned in the highest resolution possible from a dedicated scanner (minimum resolution 300 dpi). Please let us know if you need assistance with scanning.

You can be a part of Long Beach history!

Yearbook Submissions

This year, the high school will be publishing the 100th edition of the yearbook. The yearbook committee is looking for submissions and/or pictures from Alumni, as well as stories about your favorite memories and experiences. Consider writing about your favorite extra curricular activity, favorite staff member, or favorite subject. What was most meaningful to you while you were in school? You can even describe what the city of Long Beach was like during the time you were in high school! Submissions can be sent directly to LBeale@lbeach.org.

Digital Yearbooks, 1925-1977

In 2019, the Long Beach Public Library digitized the yearbooks from 1925-1977. The entire yearbook collection is a part of the Long Beach Public Library History Collection and can be located by seeing a librarian at the Reference desk.


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