North Hills School District News Article

Class of 2024 releases '10 years Later, 10 Years Greater' lip dub paying homage to 2014 viral video

Posted Wednesday, May 15, 2024

Ten years ago, North Hills High School’s Class of 2014 released the now legendary lip dub “Wake Me Up.” This year, the Class of 2024 is paying homage to the original, releasing its own lip dub entitled “10 Years Later, 10 Years Greater."

Directed by senior Avery Gallagher, the lip dub is a mashup of songs spanning the last decade and was shot in the high school on May 10. Senior Jack Alexander served as the videographer and edited the video, junior Mikey Geyer created the music mashup and senior class sponsor Evan King served as the project’s faculty advisor.

The idea for the lip dub was Avery’s, who remembers watching the original in elementary school. She wanted to create something special for her school and the senior class and quickly got Mr. King on board.

“I watched the 2014 lip dub and the school spirit at North Hills was evident. That North Hills pride was a big reason why I accepted a job here so I was ecstatic to get this project going,” he recalled. 

For Avery, the timing, 10 years later, could not have been better.

“Having heard other people show interest in the first lip dub, the 10-year anniversary seemed like the perfect time to create another one but this one would showcase all of the amazing opportunities students now have at North HIlls, hence the title ‘10 years greater,’ while also referencing the original, which inspired us,” she explained.

More than 50 sports teams, clubs and activities are represented in the video. The total amount raised by students over the last decade through NHthon, $129,739, is also highlighted in the auditorium “rave” scene. Held annually since 2015, NHthon benefits the Make-a-Wish Foundation and Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh. Make a donation to contribute to next year’s total at nhsd.info/nhthon-donations.

“I really wanted to create something for us to be proud of and show off, and someone that we can later look back on, and I think we accomplished that!” Avery concluded.

Mr. King added, “I am so proud of the way our students and staff came together and pulled this off. It was an incredible experience and a I am so #nhproud.”

North Hills High School is located five miles north of downtown Pittsburgh and serves approximately 1,400 students in grades 9-12.

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