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ing, from one of the teaching staff of the High School of today. We quote the following from Zion's Herald of last June, a paper whose clientage is all New England—and more:— A message from a friend. For you the college doors swing open wide; Begin your quest for Truth with open mind; With courage high and purpose true and fine, Cease not, while life is yours, to seek To ‘know yourself,’ your ‘neighbor’ and your God. No matter if you never gain the goal! 'Tis what you do while striving on the way That makes your growth of character and soul The real objective in this world today. Hila Helen Small. note.—The picture of Mr. Charles Cummings in this work is a reproduction of an original photograph. The electrotypes from which are printed the Primer Title-page and the High Schoolhouse of 1866 are loaned to the Association by the heirs of our late fellow-member, Hon. James M. Usher. The article History of the Medford High School is also reprinted from plates
Medford Historical Society Papers, Volume 26., History of the Medford High School. (search)
of girls had been allowed in it since 1776, but, till 1790, only for two hours each day after the dismissal of the boys. At the latter date the town voted them the privilege of attending the master-school during three summer months. The master-school, so called, seems to have been kept through the year, while the primary schools, which were probably established after 1807, did not become annuals till 1837. The Awakening. It was in the fourth decade of this century that, according to Usher's History of Medford, a wave of unusual interest in educational matters was passing over many of the States and attained its greatest height in Massachusetts. In 1830 the American Institute of Instruction was organized, which, though national in name and object, was largely composed of Massachusetts men. It aimed at reform and progress, and proved itself most efficient in accomplishing its exalted purpose. A royal impulse was imparted to the educational machinery of our State, which from t