The Carle Place High School Class of 1983 is celebrating its 30-year reunion today, but got the party started early by reconnecting in the bleachers Friday night as the Wild Frogs -- made up of students from Carle Place High School and The Wheatley School -- took on Cold Spring Harbor.
Robert Jarvis, a former Carle Place High School football player and longtime resident, was reunited with friends from the Class of ’83 and teachers he had not seen in years.
“Coming from a small school we were always the smallest team so we had to work a lot harder,” he said. ”We went up against a bigger town, bigger schools, we weren’t always the biggest, strongest or fastest but we never quit.”
Jarvis, an IT manager at the Port Authority who survived the 9/11 attacks, valued the small-town feel and values he grew up with.
“It is a small niche community where you know everybody,” Jarvis said. “My brothers and sisters went here, my older son had teachers that I had. “
Jarvis’ son, Matthew, who graduated from Carle Place High School last May, is now a freshman at Springfield College in Massachusetts on a wrestling scholarship.
“When you look and get older you feel blessed,” he said. “Because it's not just a school, it’s a community.”