In 1963, John Holland answered to ski bum. Sheila Cieszynski Grzebien was known as the “frisky redhead.” Michael Naumoff thought he might become a doctor. They were top teens at Niskayuna High School. Fifty years later, they remember ski trips, dances, stage plays and football games and life inside the classrooms on Balltown Road. John, Sheila, Mike and other “Niska nifties” from the Class of ’63 will gather for 50th anniversary parties this weekend.
Niskayuna seniors practice for the school talent show during the 1962-63 school year. From left are Chuck Jackson, Steve Dirks, Chas Costantino, Chuck Heiden, Joe Skelton, Bob Arnold, Mike Page, Greg Fritz, Mike Naumoff and Ron Kaye. The guys and girls from the Class of 1963 will gather for their 50th anniversary reunion this month.
Niskayuna senior cheerleaders take a break from shouts and jumps during the 1962-63 school year. Kneeling in the front row, from left, are Kathy Horn, Suzanne Tillma Montler, Jean Fontaine and Ginanne Fang Gilmore. Standing, from left, are Shirley Pray Eglington, Carol Vaughan Neely, Kathy Loritsch and Kathy Murray Crowe.
Sheila Cieszynski Grzebien figures out a school locker on her first day at Niskayuna High School in September 1959. Carol Conley Price stands next to Sheila. Dick Curtis walks the hallway at left.
Seniors Jeff McMullen, left, and Lynn Fox shake hands as young Niskayuna women plan Girls’ Sports Night during the 1962-63 school year.
Niskayuna Class of 1963 footballers Chuck Heiden, left, and Bruce Raymer strike smiles during the fall of 1962. The Silver Warrior running backs were 1-2 in the all-county scoring race.
From left, John Holland, Sheila Cieszynski Grzebien and Michael Naumoff are preparing for this weekend's reunion of Niskayuna High School's Class of 1963.