My last month and year in Newark was 1956. We moved to Union and I commuted to Barringer so I could graduate from there in January, 1957. My HR teacher was Vinnie Albano, and he was the one who said it would be just betrween us so I could graduate.
As for the riots, I was living in Kentucky attending school getting the Newark Evening News my mother sent and watching the action on NBC Nightly News with Huntley and Brinkley. Just recently a friend of ours who lives in Sicklerville mentioned that he was with the National Guard hunkered down behind a Jeep on Springfield Avenue at the height of the riots. There they were without ANY live ammo being shot at on occasion! No one had issued any specific orders to them other than to tell people to stay off the streets or get their heads back inside their apartment windows. Real fun times.