Students walking in the footsteps of the second man to step on the moon cheered as their New Jersey school was renamed after the famous alumnus.
Montclair's Mt. Hebron Middle School on Friday became the Buzz Aldrin Middle School.
Aldrin reminisced as he credited his experience at the school with fueling his interest in science and math.
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The West Point and MIT graduate followed Neil Armstrong down the ladder of the lunar module to walk on the moon in 1969.
Aldrin also visited Hackensack UMC Mountainside Hospital, where he was born in 1930.
In my home town of Montclair, NJ for a special dinner tonight before the ceremony for Buzz Aldrin Middle School tmrw pic.twitter.com/uyfHYlC5Wp— Buzz Aldrin (@TheRealBuzz) September 16, 2016