Petition to rename The Little Theater at Park Ridge High School-The James Gandolfini Theater

Dear Joseph J. Bruno, President and members of the Park Ridge Board of Education. We the undersigned request that the Little Theater at Park Ridge High School be renamed “The James Gandolfini Theater” in honor of the late James Gandolfini. Mr. Gandolfini, known as Jim to his friends, was a graduate of Park Ridge High School and had a distinguished career on television, on film and in the theater. He was an award-winning actor, of the highest caliber and amongst the most beloved of this generation. It was as a student in the theater at Park Ridge High School, that James Gandolfini had his first experience on stage. Therefore, the location holds a special place in New Jersey history. Renaming the theater will be a way for his local friends and classmates to remember him, and will serve as a source of inspiration to future generations of students. Thank you for your kind attention,


Bill Hahn Lori Joachim Fredrics



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  • On February 11, 2014 the Park Ridge NJ Board of Education delivered this response to the petition. “On Monday, May 19, 2014, the Park Ridge Board of Education will be dedicating a plaque in the memory of Mr. James Gandolfini (PRHS Class of 1979). The plaque will be placed in the lobby of the Little Theater and will celebrate his lifelong accomplishments as an actor. All family and friends of Mr. Gandolfini are invited to join the Board during the dedication, which will take place at 8pm.”