Were you at Northland during the 1983 school year? Forty years ago the US population was 233,791,994 people and the average life expectancy  was 74.6 years. The median household income was $20,885 and the average new home cost $89,800.

To get to the the local grocery store a gallon of gas was $1.24 a gallon, and once you were there, a gallon of milk would set you back $2.24 and a dozen eggs would be $0.89

“Return of the Jedi” was the top grossing movie, but the movie that took the Oscar for Best Picture of the Year cleaned up at the Academy Awards. With James L Brooks winning Best Director, Shirly MacLaine winning Best Actress and Jack Nicholson winning Best Supporting Actor, do you remember the name of the movie?

TV Emmy Awards went to “Hill Street Blues” for best drama and the best comedy award went to “Cheers.”

The public put “Dallas” and “Dynasty” 1st and 2nd in the Top 20 favorite shows of the year. 

At the Grammy’s, Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” was the top album, winning MJ the Best Pop Male Vocal of the year. Michael also won Record of the Year and Best Rock Male Vocal with the song “Beat It.” 

In sports the LA Raiders won Super Bowl XVIII, the Philadelphia 76ers won the NBA championship, the Baltimore Orioles won the World Series and the NY Islanders won their fourth straight Stanley Cup. No team has won three straight since.

To see what else was going on in the world during 1983 click the link below.

1983 Flashback


What was happening at Northland 40 years ago? Well for one thing NHSAF President Sean Fred Milner Finished his first year at Northland High.

The newly established, Girl’s Cross Country team made a grand entrance by winning the City League Championship title.

And the Drama Department took on the monumental schedule of two plays, “The Miracle Worker” and “The Magic Lamp” on top of the musical “How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying.” 


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