Beloved social studies teacher Jeffrey Lucker to retire after more than half a century of service at Princeton High School

Social studies teacher Jeffrey Lucker in the classroom teaching. Photo: Princeton Public Schools student photography intern Nick Niforatos.

The local school board honored social studies teacher Jeffrey Lucker on Tuesday night, celebrating a career at Princeton High School that has spanned more than half a century.

At the end of the semester, Lucker will retire from teaching after 53 years at the high school. He plans to go back to being a student and audit college courses and participate in senior center forums.

When district staff members announce their retirement, the school board has a tradition of celebrating their accomplishments at a board meeting. The board meeting Tuesday night was likely one of many celebrations of Lucker to come. The school board presented a resolution commending Lucker for his outstanding service.

Lucker was hired on Jan. 20 of 1969 as a one-semester replacement. A petition signed by 37 students called on the district to give him a permanent job.

School Board President Dafna Kendal called Lucker an amazing example of dedication and zest for learning. “His love of our district and our students is unparalleled,” Kendal said.

Jeffrey Lucker in a 1973 photo.
A 1999 Princeton High yearbook photo.
A 2009 Princeton High yearbook photo.
His final Princeton High yearbook photo for 2022-2023.
Student photography intern Nick Niforatos gets Mr. Lucker to smile for a photo during class.


  1. Mr. Lucker, firstly, congratulations! My husband and I remember you well in the classroom and jogging down Snowden Lane often. Secondly, I told my boss about you and she asked if you would be interested in joining our team at Film Pittsburgh! We leading film discussions with school groups in person and virtually, and most our volunteers are retired teachers. We used to show “Nicky’s Family” a lot, and I loved seeing you in that! Check us out at

    1. My father, Ben Abeles, was in Nicky’s Family as one of the 669 children Sir Nicholas Winton saved from Nazi controlled Czechoslovakia.

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