Roxbury Memorial High School

Roxbury Memorial High School is a defunct four-year public high school serving students in ninth through twelfth grades. Originally founded as Roxbury High School, the school was situated at 26 Townsend Street, in the Roxbury neighborhood of Boston, Massachusetts, United States from 1926 until its closure in 1960.

Roxbury Memorial High School
Roxbury Memorial High School - 0403002147b - City of Boston Archives
External view of the high school, circa May 1927
205 Townsend Street
Roxbury, Massachusetts

United States
Coordinates42°18′58″N 71°05′04″W / 42.3161°N 71.0845°WCoordinates: 42°18′58″N 71°05′04″W / 42.3161°N 71.0845°W
TypePublic high school
Girls HeadmasterWinifred H. Nash (1956)
Boys HeadmasterPaul B. Crudden (1956)
FacultyGirls • 51 (1956)
Boys • 46 (1956)[1]
EnrollmentGirls • 2,972 (1933)
Boys • 1,700 (1933)[2]
Color(s)Green and Gold
YearbookLaurel (Girls)
Bostonian (Boys)


Roxbury High School (for boys) was established in 1852, in what was then the independent City of Roxbury, Massachusetts on Kenilworth Street. In 1854, Roxbury High School for Girls opened, and in 1861, both schools were united into a single co-educational school. The City of Roxbury was annexed by the City of Boston in 1868, and the administration of Roxbury High School was assumed by Boston Public Schools.[3] In order to "abolish coeducation and the elective system in all high schools", in 1911 the school committee voted to make the Roxbury High School exclusive to girls.[4]

In 1926, the school moved from its second home on Warren and Montrose Streets (thereafter housing the Boston Clerical School) to a new building on Townsend Street and became known as the Memorial High School.[5] Prior to being erected, the Townsend Street building had been named as such in 1925 by members of the Boston School Committee "in commemoration of the Boston schoolmen who lost their lives during the World War".[6] The school building was built in two phases, a girls' portion completed with classes started for the 1926-27 school year, and a boys' half completed with classes started in September, 1928.[7][8] The two halves were treated as separate institutions, Memorial High School for Boys and Memorial High School for Girls, both with its own headmasters and set of teachers. The school was the first in the City of Boston to feature a swimming pool.[7] Prior to the 1929 school year, the name of the school was changed to the Roxbury Memorial High School.[9]The Warren Branch of the Boston Public Library (BPL) moved to the building in 1926 and was renamed the Memorial Branch. In December 1970, the branch relocated to the corner of Warren and Crawford Streets and dubbed the Grove Hall Branch of the BPL.[10][11]

The school closed in 1960.[12] The building was later occupied by Boston Technical High School from 1960 to 1987, and since 1991 by Boston Latin Academy.[13]



  • Robert B. Masterson (1928 - 1953)
  • Paul B. Crudden (1953 - 1960)


  • Myrtle C. Dickson (1926 - 1947). First woman headmaster appointed in Boston Public Schools.[14]
  • Winifred H. Nash (1947 - 1957)[15]

Headmaster for both Boys and Girls schools, 1957 - 1960.

Notable alumni


  1. ^ "Manual of the Public Schools of the City of Boston". City of Boston via Retrieved January 6, 2019.
  2. ^ "Annual Report of the Superintendent". City of Boston via Retrieved January 6, 2019.
  3. ^ "A Chronology of the Boston Public Schools". City of Boston via Retrieved January 13, 2018.
  4. ^ "MORE BUSINESS WORK IN SCHOOLS", Boston Globe, March 28, 1911
  5. ^ "FINAL ROXBURY HIGH GRADUATION", Boston Globe, June 25, 1926
  6. ^ "SCHOOL WILL BE 'MEMORIAL HIGH'", Boston Globe, January 6, 1925
  7. ^ a b "$1,094,000 FOR SCHOOL BUILDING", Boston Globe, December 27, 1926
  8. ^ "THRONG OF 132,000 IN PUBLIC SCHOOLS", Boston Globe, September 14, 1928
  9. ^ " "Proceedings of the School Committee of the City of Boston". Boston (Mass.) School Committee. Internet Archive. Retrieved January 25, 2018.
  10. ^ Catherine J. Willis (2011). Boston Public Library. Arcadia Publishing.
  11. ^ "Grove Hall Branch". BPL. Retrieved 2019-01-01.
  12. ^ "205 Receive Diplomas At Roxbury Memorial", Boston Globe, June 10, 1960
  13. ^ "History". Girls' Latin School ~ Boston Latin Academy, Association, Inc. 2010. Retrieved January 12, 2014.
  14. ^ "WOMAN'S APPOINTMENT AS HEADMASTER MERITED", Boston Globe, June 2, 1926
  15. ^ " "Proceedings of the School Committee of the City of Boston". Boston (Mass.) School Committee. Internet Archive. Retrieved January 25, 2018.
  16. ^ "Sheldon Adelson, Dorchester is calling". Boston Globe. Retrieved January 8, 2019.
  17. ^ "TED CUTLER REMEMBERED AS DEVOTED EMERSONIAN, "GENEROUS BENEFACTOR"". Emerson College. Retrieved January 8, 2019.
  18. ^ "Eddie Pellagrini". Baseball Reference. Retrieved January 13, 2018.
  19. ^ "A Different Time". Bay State Banner. Retrieved January 13, 2018.
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