Mr. Corby with his students. Image: Twitter/@hannadowns76

WATCH: Students surprise beloved teacher with ‘Hamilton’ tickets

June 13th, 2019
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A group of high school students gave their history teacher the surprise of a lifetime by buying him tickets to the Broadway musical “Hamilton”.

One student, Hanna Downs, shared a video of their surprise treat via social media on June 10. In the video, their teacher Mr. Corby can be seen opening a card, which held the tickets his students gave him.

Students surprise teacher with 'Hamilton' tickets

Mr. Corby with his students. Image: Twitter/@hannadowns76

“You guys are awesome. Are you serious? You’re kidding me! Oh my God!” Mr. Corby said as he held back tears.

Downs said Mr. Corby has entered the musical’s Ham4Ham lottery everyday for the past few years in the hopes of winning tickets to watch “Hamilton”, but to no avail.

“So our class pitched in to get him tickets to see the show,” Downs said via Twitter. “He is super excited!!! @Lin_Manuel.”

Our history teacher Mr. Corby has entered the @HamiltonMusical lottery everyday for the past few years without luck so our class pitched in to get him tickets to see the show. He is super excited!!! @Lin_Manuel pic.twitter.com/LFBnDyZv36

— Hanna (@hannadowns76) June 10, 2019

Downs’ post has since gone viral, garnering over 33,000 favorites and more than 4,000 retweets since the time of posting. Even more, it caught the attention of “Hamilton” star himself, Lin-Manuel Miranda.

“Making your teacher cry happy tears is SO many bonus points for The Good Place,” Miranda said. “Great job Hanna, great job kids. Enjoy, Mr. Corby.”

Making your teacher cry happy tears is SO many bonus points for The Good Place.
Great job Hanna, great job kids. Enjoy, Mr. Corby. https://t.co/hcN8qcwzeg

— Lin-Manuel Miranda (@Lin_Manuel) June 11, 2019

The students were from Mr. Corby’s Advanced Placement Government and U.S. History classes at the New Egypt High School in New Jersey, as per Good Morning America. The two tickets, which they got for him and his wife, cost around $600 (about P31,000) and were a present to cap off the academic year.

“I was taken aback. It was an unbelievable gesture from an unbelievable group of kids…” Mr. Corby said in the report. “They have the unbelievable ability to do something like this. The world will be great when we grow old because of kids like this.” JB

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