Woodward School for Girls

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The Woodward School
Motto Discimus Ut Ducamus
(We learn so that we may lead)
Established 1894
Type Private school
Students 175
Grades 6-12
Location 1102 Hancock Street,
Quincy, MA, USA
Campus Urban
Athletics Wildcats
Website thewoodwardschool.org
Woodward Institute
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Woodward School for Girls is located in Massachusetts
Woodward School for Girls
Location 1098 Hancock St., Quincy, Massachusetts
Coordinates 42°15′18″N 71°0′20.7″W / 42.25500°N 71.005750°W / 42.25500; -71.005750Coordinates: 42°15′18″N 71°0′20.7″W / 42.25500°N 71.005750°W / 42.25500; -71.005750
Area 1.4 acres (0.57 ha)
Built 1893
Architect Thayer,E.G.
Architectural style Queen Anne
Governing body Private
MPS Quincy MRA
NRHP Reference # 89001954[1]
Added to NRHP November 13, 1989

The Woodward School is a historical, private, secular day school for girls in grades six through twelve. It is located in Quincy, Massachusetts, near Quincy Center, and is the only private high school in the city.[2] On top of its core syllabus, the school offers a wide curriculum which includes Latin, Greek, French, Spanish, Italian, Psychology, Rhetoric, Latin American Studies, Digital Design, Photography, Jazz Music, Music Theory, to name but a few.


The Woodward School was founded by Dr. Ebenezer Woodward, a prominent physician and cousin of John Adams. When Woodward died in 1869, his will established a trust fund to create and maintain a girls' school equivalent to the boys-only Adams Academy. The town of Quincy (which became a city in 1888) was named trustee of the fund, and was given 25 years to build the school.[2][3] Management of the school was allocated in perpetuity to the town's selectmen. The school building was designed by E. G. Thayer in the Queen Anne style, with clapboard siding and a slate roof. It was built by Stephen Loxon and completed in 1894, just short of the 25-year deadline.[4] It was added to the National Register of Historic Places as Woodward Institute on November 13, 1989, reference number 89001954.

Extracurriculars and Sports[edit]

The School has three varsity sports teams: Basketball, Soccer and Softball, which have all consistently placed well in leagues, championships and tournaments.[5]

Student-run clubs include Art National Honor Society, the WoodwardMug, Drama Club, Greenleaf Literature and Arts Journal, Student Alumnae Ambassadors, Student Council and Travels Club [6]

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