May 8, 2011
Do you remember Reta Drumm and Eugene Aiello? They were at Division Avenue for decades.
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By FRANK BARNING
Approximately 18 Division Avenue High School faculty and staff members from the late 1950s and early 1960s were still working at the school in 1975. Our teachers from early Levittown were mostly still young. By 1975, there were a lot of miles on them, but they brought a certain maturity to their professions. Happily for them, they surely earned the generous pensions that were eventually received.
Thanks to Larry Loewy, class of 1975, your blogger has been emailed photos of the DAHS old timers. This is the first installment of "Do you remember . . .?
Featured in this post are photos of assistant principal Eugene Aiello and homemaking department chairperson Reta Drumm. I know that Mr. Aiello is deceased but have no idea about Mrs. Drumm.
The son of our old assistant principal, Greg Aiello, is the long-time Senior VP of Public Relations for the National Football League. Greg is often quoted in the sports pages. His dad was a huge sports fan and started at Division Avenue when it was still a junior high school in the early 1950s. In 1954, Mr. Aiello was my seventh grade physical education teacher. He was one of the reasons that DAHS was a special place.
Concerning Mrs. Drumm, I never took homemaking, which eventually became known as home economics. Boys were not encouraged to take classes aimed for the girls, although a few of us college-bound guys took typing. At the same time, girls did not take shop (industrial arts) classes, so that made us even, way back when.