Long Island celebrity yearbook pictures: The '80s
It was the '80s: Mullets equaled manhood. Ladies wouldn't dare commence hot date preparation before the requisite trip to CVS for three bottles of White Rain. The result was some unique yearbook pictures, and we have proof that Long Island high school graduates who went on to stardom were not spared.
This is the celebrity yearbook picture for an actress who during her 1989 senior year at Syosset High School played "Nettie Fowler" in the school's production of the musical "Carousel." She also served as senior secretary of student government and was a member of the forensics team.
Actress and singer Idina Menzel, who went by her given last name, Mantzel, at Syosset High, made her Broadway debut in "Rent" and earned a Tony Award for originating the role of "Elphaba" in the Broadway musical "Wicked." She voiced the character "Elsa" in Disney's "Frozen," performing the Oscar-winning showstopper "Let It Go," and had featured roles in Disney's "Enchanted," Fox's "Glee" and the film adaptation of "Rent."
"Mirage," "Macroona," and "Miss Mod" were the nicknames of this 1987 Harborfields High School graduate. Her activities included "sleeping late," "signing in" and "do or dies." She listed "hanging out w/ Patti J. + K.F., corvettes," guidos and disco as the things she liked, and recalled fond memories of the beach, "Gram-bag's boat" and Chippendales.
Greenlawn native Mariah Carey is one of the best-selling female artists of all time, with more than 200 million albums sold and 18 Billboard No. 1 singles, more than any solo artist in history.
As a student at Sewanhaka High School in Floral Park, this 1981 graduate played one season as quarterback of his school's football team. However, it was as a wide receiver in his junior year that he threw the winning touchdown pass that earned his team a Nassau County championship, according to Sports Illustrated.
Quarterback Vinny Testaverde graduated in 1981 from Sewanhaka High School in Floral Park. He played in the NFL for 21 years with seven teams, including the New York Jets, where he had two stints -- from 1998 to 2003 and again in 2005. He amassed 46,233 passing yards and 275 touchdowns. In 1986, the University of Miami alum became the only Long Islander to win the Heisman Trophy.
While attending Syosset High, this 1985 graduate was the manager of the school's radio station, WKWZ 88.5 F.M. He also belonged to the Association of Creative Thespians, which according to his yearbook, allowed students "to escape the world of Syosset High School and assume the identities of thousands of the greatest characters created for the stage."
Producer, director and writer Judd Apatow is best known for his comedic films, including “Knocked Up” and “Bridesmaids,” which earned the American Film Institute’s “Movie of the Year” award in 2008 and 2012, respectively. He also produced the 2004 hit movie, “Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy,” and its 2013 sequel, "Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues."
This Merrick native and 1988 Calhoun High School graduate once lost a school talent show to a pair's dance number and Calhoun's football team performing a song.
Two platinum albums, one Playboy spread and numerous Broadway performances later, singer Debbie Gibson has more than made up for that Calhoun talent show loss. (FYI, one of the talent show dancers who beat her was Buddy Casimano, who ended up as her backup dancer during her "Out of the Blue" and "Electric Youth" successes.) Recently Gibson has shown off her business chops on NBC's "Celebrity Apprentice" in 2012 and engaged in a cat fight with fellow teen star Tiffany in the 2011 Syfy movie "Mega Python vs. Gatoroid."
Websites often have this 1989 Half Hollow Hills High School East graduate as being from Massapequa, but he was actually raised in Huntington.
Fittingly, Mark LoMonaco (aka Bubba Ray Dudley, Brother Ray, Bully Ray) went into a profession, pro wrestling, where hometowns can be confusing. He's been billed from Hell's Kitchen and Dudleyville. He had more than 20 world tag-team title reigns with partner Devon before going out on his own and winning the TNA world heavyweight title.
She picked up the acting bug doing theatrical performances at Connetquot High School, from which she graduated in 1986.
Moira Kelly is now best known for voicing "Adult Nala" in 1994's "The Lion King" and playing pouting figure skater Kate Moseley in the 1992 film "The Cutting Edge."
In an interview with Broadway.com, this 1981 Northport High School graduate credited being cast as Eliza in the school's production of "My Fair Lady" as having a major role in her becoming an actress.
Edie Falco went on to win Emmys for her role as Carmela Soprano, Tony's wife on "The Sopranos," and from there to starring in her own series, "Nurse Jackie" on Showtime.
During his senior year at Ward Melville High School in East Setauket, this 1983 graduate was on the wrestling team along with famous classmate Kevin James. He was crowned homecoming king and wore a bathrobe while riding on a homecoming float that, he said, he and some friends sneaked into the parade. He was a member of the Big Brothers and Big Sisters Club, but said he also crept into the yearbook photos of other clubs he didn't belong to.
After a successful professional wrestling career, Mick Foley, also known as "Cactus Jack," "Mankind" and "Dude Love" to fans, was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame in April 2013. He's also a multi-time New York Times No. 1 best-selling author, a stand-up comic and the subject of two documentaries about wrestling.
This 1982 graduate of Brentwood High School succeeded in his chosen profession before going into a second career teaching his craft.
James "Buddy" McGirt, shown here attending the Madison Square Garden Transformation Unveiling in October 2013, won world titles in several weight divisions before becoming a trainer. In 2002, he won the Eddie Futch Award, given by the Boxing Writers Association of America, as trainer of the year.
This 1988 Walt Whitman High School graduate was voted "Most Athletic" by his peers.
Tom Gugliotta, whose two older brothers played in Europe, grew 4 inches and gained 52 pounds from his listed measurements as a senior in high school to his pro measurements. He played for seven teams over 13 seasons, twice averaging more than 20 points per game. He made one All-Star Game, in 1997.
This two-time 1985 East Islip High School graduate is known for his greatness in prep sports, and later chronicled for his resolve.
After winning back-to-back Yastrzemski Awards in 1984 and ‘85 as Suffolk's top baseball player and three years at Stanford, Witmeyer was taken in the seventh round of the 1988 amateur draft. He managed to make it to the majors, but played in only 11 games for the Oakland A's, managing one hit. His story was later told in the George Rose book "One Hit Wonders," about MLB players who had only one hit in their careers.