A series of old newspaper clippings and photographs provided by Glen Van Olden, the nephew of "Cutters" namesake Jack Van Olden, document the team's inaugural season.
Wednesday, February 27
This October marks the 70th anniversary of the fateful day a half-dozen Fair Lawn High School football players were punished for skipping class to catch a double billing of Holy Matrimony and the 7th Victim at Paterson's Rivoli Theater. Their return to the field in the second half of a game against Leonia that Fair Lawn came from behind to win inspired the school's nickname. Glen Van Olden, the nephew of one of those original "Cutters," provided some photographs and clips from the Paterson Evening News detailing the team's inaugural season in 1943. -- Follow Fair Lawn-Saddle Brook Patch on Facebook and Twitter, and subscribe to receive our daily newsletter in your inbox each morning
USA Today has selected Fair Lawn High School as one of five New Jersey schools in consideration for the nation's best high school mascot.
Named for a half-dozen football players who ditched class to catch a movie in Paterson some 70 years ago, the Cutters of Fair Lawn High School possess one of the more unique nicknames of any school in the state, according to USA Today. The Cutters are one of 255 schools across the country -- five from each state and the District of Columbia -- up for the title of "Best High School Mascot" in a USA Today contest that began Monday. The state round of the contest, which pits Fair Lawn against the Phillipsburg Stateliners, Point Pleasant Beach Garnet Gulls, Red Bank Catholic Caseys and Trenton Catholic Iron Mikes, runs until March 5 at 3 p.m. Anyone at least 13 years of age is eligible to vote as many times they like (full disclosure: I've …