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Medford Historical Society Papers, Volume 2., The development of the public School of Medford. (search)
the teachers to teach girls, for we find that on April 2, 1787, the town found it necessary to vote that the Committee that provides a School master be desired to see what he will ask to keep the Girls one Hour in the forenoon and one Hour in the afternoon for four Months & Report at May meeting. No report is recorded from this committee, and no extra salary seems to have been paid. Possibly nothing further was done. Again, April 5, 1790, it was voted that John Brooks, Benjamin Hall, William Gowen, Willis Hall & Ebenz Hall, Jr., be a committee to see what method is necessary with regard to the girls attending the Master's School and report at the May meeting. This committee made a report as requested, and it was voted that the Girls have Liberty to attend the Master's School the three Summer months. This presumably means that during these months the girls attended at the same hours with the boys. The first step toward coeducation was thus taken. The older boys were generally