By Brad Segall
NORRISTOWN, Pa. (CBS) — Philadelphia’s Central High School was front and center when one of Montgomery County’s two newest judges was sworn-in publicly this week in Norristown.
The bench in Montgomery County now includes two judges who were classmates in the 232nd graduating class. Ask a Central grad when they graduated and they will give you a class number, not a year. Judge Garrett Page administered the oath of office to Judge Steven Tolliver, who revealed that both men in their yearbook wanted to be lawyers.
To aspire to be a judge, it’s special and it brings out humility and modesty,” Tolliver says. “You don’t take those things lightly, so you don’t say in high school you want to be a judge, but you can at least set your sights to be a lawyer.”
Page says they had classes together, saw each other every day and stayed close over the years.
“I don’t know of any other county where another judge from the same high school class swears in another,” he says, “so that’s kind of esoteric and I’m proud to have given Steve the oath.”
Joining them for the ceremony was Philadelphia Common Pleas Court Judge John Young — also a classmate.