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[p. 23] school was doubtless a grammar school in the English sense, that is, a Latin School preparing for the University. This had been required by the law of 1692 in towns of one hundred families, but owing to the financial straits in which the struggle for liberty had left the people, the laws were modified in 1789, and towns with less than two hundred families were required to have only elementary schools, in which the prescribed studies were reading, writing, the English language, orthography, arithmetic, and decent behavior. Medford had in 1794 evidently gone back from the standard set up earlier.

The list of teachers in this second building, as well as in the first, is made up mostly of graduates of Harvard College. In the twenty-four years that this building was used as a public school there were twenty-seven different teachers.

Teachers in the second School-house 1771-1795

FromToHarvard ClassNotes
1771Aug.-Dec. ‘72Jonathan Norwood1771Entered Harvard from Lynn, b. 1752
1772Dec.-Mch. ‘73Theodore Parsons1773from Newbury, b. 1751
1773Mch.-Aug. ‘73Samuel Poole1770from Reading, b. 1751
1773Oct.-Dec. ‘73Thomas Farrington1773from Amesbury, b. 1749
1773Dec.-Mch. ‘74William Stearns1770b. 1749, Lunenburg
d. 1784 at Worcester.
There was a John Watson from Plymouth class of 1766
1774Mch.-July, ‘74Jona Watson1774from Braintree b. 1754
1774July-Sept. ‘75Moses Taft
1775Sept.-April, ‘77Seth Sweetser
1777Apr.-Nov. ‘78Abel Morse
1778Nov.-Apr. ‘791757Edward Brooksb. 1733 Rev. Edw. was chaplain on the ‘Hancock,’ returned to Medford 1777, died 1781.
1775from Gloucester
1779June-June, ‘80Samuel Chandler1779from Andover
1780Aug.-July, ‘81Williams Brooks1780from Lincoln
1781Aug.-July, ‘82George Hall1781from Medford
1782Oct.-June, ‘83Artemas Baker1782from Templeton, b. 1759
1783Nov.-Jan. ‘84[Henry] Wight1782from Medfield, b. 1752
1784May-July, ‘84FredericParker

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