I remember growing up on 12th Avenue, between
Bergen and Hunterdon Streets, right across from Martland Medical
My friends and I would play tackle football on the front lawn
area near Cabinet Street. We played baseball at the Westside Boy's
Club, on Fairmont Avenue. My friends, and I started school at Robert
Treat Elementary, then it was on to 7th Avenue Junior High, and
from there we all split up. Bobby Scott went to Westside High, Lamont
Knight to East Orange High, and Larry Bolling, Donald Simmons, and
I were on our way to Central High. I remember all the walking to
and from school; also to and from track and football practices at
Schools Stadium on Bloomfield Avenue. Eating lunch at Ralph &
Lucy's across from N.C.E. (Newark College of Engineering).
The City League's were the best! Cross town rivalry's, and the
always huge Thanksgiving Day Game's. It seemed like all the city
was alive with Spirit, and Good Will for Everyone. I miss those
day's, I miss those player's and coaches; but mostly I miss those
teacher's. For me, they were the Heart & Soul of my fond memories
of "My Newark"..
Thanks for letting a "forty something guy" reminisce!
Central High, Class of ' 72