While the Northeastern School District graduated its class of 2009 Tuesday night, it also took the time to honor one of the district's historic classes.

During the commencement ceremony, 31 members of Northeastern's class of 1959 were honored onstage. The class of  '59 was the first class to graduate from Northeastern High School -- previous classes graduated from Manchester High School, which operated until 1958. Over the weekend, the class of  '59 celebrated its 50th high school anniversary.

Larry Wallace, the acting class president, said things haven't changed too much since his time.

"The appearance is a bit different," said Wallace. "But the front's still the same -- the offices are still right here and the auditorium is still right there."

Wallace said that most of the class' 116 members still live in York County, and many of them still keep in touch.

"It's a good reflection of this class to have this kind of turnout for the ceremony," Wallace said.

When asked if he thought today's students had it easier, Wallace replied he doesn't think much has changed since his high school days.

"We didn't have the Internet or computers, all of these complications," said Wallace. "But I think the students still face the same things. I think they're still facing the same uncertainty we did after we graduated 50 years ago."

"But I bet," said Wallace, smiling, "some of these kids are going to be wondering what it's like when they're 50."

-- Reach Andrew Ru sonis at 854-1575 or news@yorkdispatch.