Approximately 15,000 alumni have passed through the halls North High School, which originated in 1908, and closed its doors in 1964.
In its place on the "Windy Hill" now stands the Bishop Harrison Apartments for senior citizens. When the excavation was completed, among the dust and rubble, a feeling of loss prevailed. A loss of old friends and great times that could never be recaptured, or so we presumed.
But despite the faint hearted, the fortitude of man has no boundaries.
Although our school no longer exists, the enthusiasm and loyalty remains. North High School will forever be in our hearts and minds. Our precious school may have lost its physical presence, but its spirit will never be erased from our memories.
Throughout the following years many alumni gathered over cups of coffee at homes or in restaurants to relive their hay-days. During one of these discussions, Vince Stagnitta an alumni from the class of 1955, and his chum Lou Aiello from the class of 1959 reminisced about past graduates and what some of them have accomplished in life.
Then a thought emerged! What about the prospect of erecting a North High School Hall of Fame for these achievers? Why not! This would be the perfect solution to bring Syracuse's North Side back to life; to capture long lost memories of North High's prominent individuals; leaving an indelible mark that would be a legacy to North High School.
At present, the committee presiding in this endeavor, consists of Vince Stagnitta, Lou Aiello, William Amato, Carmen D'Eredita, Jim Killus, "Dodge" Monteleone, Dan Rizzo and Peter Vercillo. The committee is looking for nominations for the first Hall of Fame induction dinner which has been scheduled for Sept. 11, 2010, at the Doubletree Hotel in DeWitt.
By July 8, nominations will be verified and alumni will be notified. Names will be inducted into the Hall of Fame on the evening of the dinner, and plaques will be housed in the Armond Magnarelli McChesney Park Building.