Back to the '90s
Pop culture trends and events from the best decade (Like, EVER!)
Opening collage by Max-O-Matic
Peddie swimming ruled, students signed on to the information superhighway and Walter Annenberg ’27 transformed the school with a historic $100M gift. In national news, the O.J. Simpson trial had us glued to our TV sets, and Y2K predictions had us on the edge of our seats. There was Seinfeld and Beverly Hills 90210. Madonna. Nirvana. And Titanic, Forrest Gump and Reality Bites.
Here we feature the pop culture trends and signiﬁcant events – on campus and worldwide – from the best decade (Like, EVER!). Plus, dozens of former alumni who attended Peddie during this era share their favorite memories.
So throw on a ﬂannel, put on a rerun of Friends and get ready to read about all things ’90s. Whatever!
“This year, we begin a new decade, and at the opening of school, I challenged the community to be a generation of moral and concerned people and to leave behind us a decade in which too often the world seemed characterized by greed, arrogance and self-indulgence.”
Headmaster Thomas A. DeGray
Peddie Chronicle (November 1990)
On Father’s Day 1993, Walter H. Annenberg ’27 gave $100 million to Peddie as an endowed fund designed to expand financial aid, institute innovative programs and recruit exceptional faculty. It was the largest cash gift ever given to an independent school, bringing instant fame to Peddie. Overnight, the school’s endowment catapulted. Applications soared. Students who previously had never considered Peddie because of financial circumstances were given an opportunity to receive a world-class education.
When I think of the ’90s at Peddie, I think of ...
“By now, you all have seen or heard of Ambassador Annenberg’s incredible gift of $100 million to his alma mater. Never before in the history of independent school education has there been a gift to rival this one.”
Peddie Chronicle (July 1993)
’90s Pop Culture
“Years from now, when your kids find this in a dusty box in the attic, you’ll get the opportunity to tell them what made ‘Pretty Woman’ so great, the line, ‘Excuse me, are those Bugle Boy jeans you’re wearing?’ so popular, and the tune ‘Ice Ice Baby’ so hot. Or will you have forgotten by then?”
Excerpt from 1992 Old Gold and Blue
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