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Medford Historical Society Papers, Volume 26., History of the Medford High School. (search)
they were eminently successful. The High School in Stoneham was robbed of its accomplished principal, Mr. Lorin L. Dame (Tufts, 1860), and he was duly installed in his present position in September, 1876. Assistants. The first assistant emplo Miss Ellen M. Barr, from March 5, 1866, to July 1, 1875, and from September 1, 1876, to July 1, 1877. Edward A. Drew (Tufts, 1867), from December 2, 1867, to June 1, 1869. George C. Travis, Jr. (Harvard, 1869), from June 1, 1869, to April 1, 1872. Charles B. Saunders (Harvard, 1871), from April 1 to July 2, 1872. Minton Warren (Tufts, 1870), from September 2, 1872, to November 26, 1873. Charles S. Bachelder (Harvard, 1873), from December 1, 1873, to April 6, 1874. Frederic T. Farnsworth (Tufts, 1873), from April 8, 1874, to June 30, 1876. Miss Carrie A. Teele, from September 6, 1875, to June 30, 1876; also, from September 1, 1888. Edward P. Sanborn (Dartmouth, 1876), from September 1, 1876, to April 9, 1877.
Behind the iron fencing of the parkway is the Cradock dam which holds back the incoming tides; and the four of lower height which hold the upper river at a level with the lower Mystic lake. The recent removal of the Bigelow-Porter buildings (seen closely at left of church tower), remind us that the entire left half of the view has been of recent erection; as also both church spires and the refitting of the lower stories of the other half. The Rotten row of sixty years ago became Doctors' row, and that also has met its changes and now gleams in the view in modern stucco. Eight years have elapsed since the destruction of the city hall and three other buildings made this view possible. In the preceding year the Weymouth (Tufts hall) building, a three-story building and the old Seccomb house were torn down and the so-called Medford building erected. In former days Medford square had its skyscrapers of three and four stories, but the modern tendency is to two and one—mostly one.
Medford Historical Society Papers, Volume 26., The Medford High School under Lorin L. Dame (search)
Greek, Latin and botany should fall especially to the principal, mathematics and chemistry to Mr. Manning, and the English especially to Miss Swift. Botany my father had commenced in Lexington with his pupils, warning them that he thought he should be able to keep a little ahead of the class. It became from that time his favorite avocation. Here his proficiency was such that his book on New England trees is still a recognized authority, and he received the degree of Doctor of Science from Tufts. Of his Greek he was equally fond, rolling the swinging lines of Homer with the zest of a lover, and exacting from his pupils a memorization of various lines which today are not forgotten. At this time and for many years the system of admission to the high school was through an examination made as thorough as possible, conducted by the full Board, both by oral and written questions, and occupying the whole of three successive afternoons. It covers the results of the principal studies in