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hout the year. This may have been one reason for the prevalence of private schools for girls and for boys and girls. This edict was not carried out, however, until the high school was organized in 1835, one of the first three free schools in the State for both sexes, devoted to the higher branches of learning. This school has proved an important factor in the intellectual life of Medford. Numbers of its teachers and pupils have distinguished themselves in art, science and letters. Thomas Starr King, author of The White Hills; Their Legends, Landscape and Poetry, 1859, said to be the most complete work of its kind in existence, a forerunner of the modern nature books, taught one of the public schools of Medford for several years. Lorin Low Dame, whose quickening power guided the high school for twenty-seven years, spent his leisure in adding to the world's knowledge of flowers and trees. The Flora of Middlesex County, Typical Elms and Other Trees of Massachusetts and the Hand-