It’s October. Scary season is setting in. People in the Rumson-Fair Haven area aren’t just out raking leaves, either. They’re haunting up their homes, crafting costumes and getting into the spirit. So, why not add a little extra retro spooking from RFH students of the past?
BOO who or what? It was all in the haunt for RFHers back in the 1970s. They started getting the Halloween party going early on and ended up with a pretty festive feast of ghouls on the grounds of the high school and, yes, beyond.
OK, so the spring weather outside has not been so consistently delightful lately.
So, take a look back to the 1970s when spring fever kicked in enough to get a couple of RFH guys in the mood to put those gloves on and take a little kangaroo hop outside the Junior Lounge, probably on a “free.” They were barely clad in those stylish 70s gym shorts and ready to duke it out — or at least dance around the notion.
And that’s how it goes with those spirited RFH cheers. The people of R-FH land are proud and rightly so.
So, in the interest of equal time and continuing to honor the champs, the Retro Pic of the Day zooms in on a group of real RFH cheerleaders of the past — the late 1970s to be sort of exact.
These are the real deal girls with their genuine purple and white plaid kilt skirts (rather than sister or mother’s clothes), saddle shoes (rather than work boots), and knee socks (in place of long johns, or whatever those things were on the guys). Oh, and the pom-poms and megaphones are authentic. Though the guys we showed you did manage to lift a couple of tools of the cheer trade from the girls, like those sweaters and a pom or two.
So, give this group of cheerleaders a gander. They were considered the coolest of the cool kids. Yup. The outfits and method of cheering have evolved quite a bit since then, but the sentiment is the same.
Recognize any of these girls? Some are still in the area.
As real spring weather is winding its way to being in full bloom (fingers crossed), we are reminded that it’s also baseball season.
It has been at RFH for about a month already. But, without the cooperation of the usually accompanying warmer weather, it may have slipped people’s minds.
So, the Retro Pic of the (George) Day is a reminder of warm baseball times off the field with team buds.
This classic shows a few people who still seem to look the same and are in the area.
One of them is the RFH Class of ’78 president. Remember who that was? Who else do you recognize in this shot? And notice the lettering on the hats and that they say “RF” rather than “RFH.” Hmmm. We all said “RFH” when abbreviating the high school in talk, but most of the uniforms and varsity letters did have an “RF” printed on them. Why?
Oh, well. Play ball!
— Elaine Van Develde
Thanks, a thousand times over, to the talented George Day for this look back in RFH time!
In keeping with the spirit of the recent Knollwood School Hoops for Hearts tournament in Fair Haven, we decided to bring back a hearty glimpse of some favorite RFH cheerleaders, courtesy of the great photography work of George Day.
No, they were not cheering for a Hoops for Hearts basketball event, but just think what kind of funds they could have raised for such a cause back in the day — by virtue of how they simply wear their uniforms.
They’re running to their main stage in front of the bleachers here for a 1970s RFH Powder Puff Football competition.
I can’t remember, but someone must have missed a pass while getting a gander of this appearance.
These guys are flipping wigs and losing, uh, parts making this run!
Aides. They are the unofficial mentors of our school days.
In this photo are some special ladies who had the sometimes daunting task in the late 1970s of trying to assist, with patience, some annoyingly energetic, mischievous Rumson-Fair Haven Regional High School (RFH) students.
They were the RFH aides. In the center of the photo is Nancy Dexter, who passed away last year.
Those pictured around Mrs. Dexter, many of whom have passed, are: Mrs. Williams, Mrs. Cupples, Mrs. DiNicola, Mrs. Parker, Mrs. Blake, Mrs. Waldron.
Remember Mrs. Parker singing over the loud speaker around Christmas time? Did you ever hijack the mic from Mrs. Cupples to announce your party? And, I’m pretty sure one of these ladies, very kindly, told me to go play in traffic when I got busted sending messages via paper airplane (that never landed where it was supposed to) to my friends in English lab.