Cambridge Rindge and Latin School

Coordinates: 42°22′27″N 71°06′43″W / 42.37417°N 71.11194°W / 42.37417; -71.11194
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Cambridge Rindge and Latin School
459 Broadway


United States
Coordinates42°22′27″N 71°06′43″W / 42.37417°N 71.11194°W / 42.37417; -71.11194
MottoOpportunity, Diversity, and Respect
Established1648; 376 years ago (1648)
School districtCambridge Public School District
PrincipalDamon Smith
Teaching staff177 (2014–2015)[1]
Age range14–20
Enrollment1,977 (2019–2020)[2]
Color(s)Black, Silver and White
Athletics conferenceMIAA District A – Dual County League
NewspaperThe Register Forum
Nobel laureatesEric Allin Cornell

The Cambridge Rindge and Latin School, also known as "CRLS" or "Rindge", is a public high school in Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States. It is a part of the Cambridge Public School District. In 1977, two separate schools, Rindge Technical School and Cambridge High and Latin School, merged to form the Cambridge Rindge and Latin School. The newly built high school at the time increased its capacity to more than 2,000 students in all four grades.


CRLS is actually several separate schools combined into a greater whole. In 1642, the year Harvard College's first class of nine young men was graduated, the General Court made it the duty of Cambridge to require that parents and masters properly educate their children or be fined if they neglected to do so. (Girls, however, did not usually attend public schools until 1789, when Boston voted that "children of both sexes" should be taught in the reading and writing schools of its newly reorganized system.) In 1648, Cambridge set up a public grammar school, Master Elijah Corlett's "lattin schoole," making Cambridge the fifth town (after Boston, Charlestown, Dorchester, and Salem) in the Massachusetts Bay Colony to do so. Corlett's schoolhouse came into the possession of Old Cambridge in 1660, and over the next century was succeeded by several new buildings. The public school that evolved from Cortlett's original was a "grammar school" in a double sense: an English grammar school for Old Cambridge and a Latin grammar school (teaching the rudiments of Latin and Greek) for all Cambridge.[4] The school generally aimed to prepare students for admission to college:

"And by the side of the colledge a faire GRAMMAR Schoole, for the training up of young Schollars, and fitting of them for ACADEMICALL LEARNING, that still as they are judged ripe, they may be received into the colledge of this Schoole. Master CORLETT is the Mr., who hath very well approved himselfe for his abilities, dexterity and painfulness in teaching and education of the youth under him."[5]

By 1832, public schools in Cambridge were open to girls as well as boys. In 1838, Cambridgeport organized a public high school to serve all of Cambridge at the corner of Broadway and Windsor Streets. However, since the location was not easily accessible to either Old Cambridge or East Cambridge, most of the new high schools' students were drawn from Cambridgeport. In 1843, Old Cambridge set up the Female High School, and East Cambridge completed its Otis schoolhouse. Not until 1848 did plans to merge the high schools of the three competitive wards overcome sectional differences. This marked the origin of the Cambridge High School, which began in a new building erected at the corner of Amory and Summer streets and was immediately flooded with over 135 applicants.[4]

The Cambridge High School was divided in 1886: its classical department became the Cambridge Latin School and its remaining departments the Cambridge English High School. The English High School was located at the corner of Broadway and Fayette Streets, while the Latin School was transferred to the Lee Street church, which had been renovated to receive it. At the time of the separation, the high school contained 515 pupils, and 16 teachers. Six teachers and 165 pupils went to the Latin school.[4]

From 1969 to 2000 the school hosted an experimental program known as The Pilot School, founded as a joint venture of the Cambridge public schools and the Harvard Graduate School of Education.[6] The Pilot School was established to offer a small classroom experience including outside-of-school experiences.[7] The program closed in June 2000 as part of an overall restructuring of the school.[8]

In 2001 there was an attempt to restructure the Cambridge Rindge & Latin school under headmaster Paula Evans, which had found controversy. She resigned shortly afterwards. After her resignation she began efforts to create a charter school, which became the Community Charter School of Cambridge (CCSC). Colleen Walsh of the Boston Globe said that Evans's charter school efforts "touched off a firestorm" and that "many people" were upset at her because they perceived that she had abandoned Cambridge Rindge & Latin.[9]

Beginning in 2003, the City of Cambridge set in motion an plan for CRLS: "the first major renovation and refurbishing of the 35-year-old [sic] high school building."[10] The project continued to be pushed back, due to state funding issues and other obstructions along the way. In 2006, the state announced a return in funding, and by the Spring 2007 the School Committee started looking at wider-ranging renovations for the building. The renovations were at last undertaken in 2009-2011.[10]


Athletics have always played a major part in the school's extracurricular activity structure.[11] The 11 fall sports take place between September and Thanksgiving (the day of the football team's final game), Winter sports are played between the first Monday following Thanksgiving and February/March depending on the circumstances of the year. The ten spring sports start on the third Monday in March, and finish in the latter days of May.[12][13][14]

The Register Forum[edit]

The school's newspaper is Register Forum. It was first founded in 1891 as the C.M.T.S Register,[15] the name was further changed to the Rindge Register, and in 1977, when the two public high schools in the city merged, their papers merged as well.[16] The Cambridge Latin Forum merged with the Rindge Register to become The Register Forum. The Register Forum now publishes 10 editions per year at the end of each month, September to June. Those editions range from 8 to 24 pages, and focus on events around the school. The paper was formerly printed at The Harvard Crimson press, but has since moved production to out of state facilities due to cost restraints.

Media Arts Program[edit]

During the early 21st century the Media Arts Studio was founded at 454 Broadway Ct in Cambridge MA. Throughout the years of the Media Arts Program, a large archive of film was broadcast on local channels 6 and 26,[17] some of the students who have participated in the Media Arts Studio Program have gone on to pursue careers in sports broadcasting from prestigious universities such as Syracuse.[18]


During the late 1980s and early 1990s, the school was subject to multiple accusations of inherent racism in its infrastructure, which led to the disbanding of the original houses, as well as the changing of the original school mascot from a bust of a Native American to a falcon and their name from Warriors to Falcons after concerns about the racist history of the mascot. Students entered their ideas and then voted for the new mascot in a school wide contest. The graduating class of '90 was the last class to wear brown and gold and Native American warrior and being the last of the Warriors.[19]

Notable alumni[edit]


  1. ^ "Profile: CRLS: Teacher Data (2010–11)", Massachusetts Department of Education
  2. ^ "Profile: CRLS: Enrollment Data", Massachusetts Department of Education
  3. ^ "Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education - 2019-20 SAT Performance Report - All Students Statewide Report".
  4. ^ a b c Arthur Gilman, ed. The Cambridge of 1896: a picture of the city and its industries fifty years after its incorporation. The Riverside Press, Cambridge, Mass., 1896. pages 187–197. Google Books
  5. ^ "History", Cambridge Public School District (archived 2004)
  6. ^ Gollub, Wendy L.; Mulhauser, Fritz (September 1970). "Cambridge Pilot School. First Year Report".
  7. ^ "Alternative School Spokesmen Press Cambridge for Support". Harvard Crimson. March 21, 1973. Retrieved August 2, 2018.
  8. ^ Coleman, Sandy (May 2, 2000). "For School, A Final Bell: Nontraditional Program In Cambridge To Close Its Doors". Boston Globe. ProQuest 405348903.
  9. ^ Walsh, Colleen. "A NEW SCHOOL CAMPAIGNS FOR CREDIBILITY ; EDUCATOR UPBEAT DESPITE THE CRITICS." Boston Globe. August 14, 2005. City Weekly p. 8. Retrieved on June 3, 2013.
  10. ^ a b "CRLS Renovation Project". Archived from the original on September 27, 2008. Retrieved September 29, 2008.
  11. ^ "Cambridge Athletics Hall of Fame".
  12. ^ "Fall Sports".
  13. ^ "Winter Sports".
  14. ^ "Spring Sports".
  15. ^ "The Rindge register".
  16. ^ "The Rindge register".
  17. ^ "Cambridge Educational Access TV (CEATV) 6/26".
  18. ^ "Sports Media and Communications Track".
  19. ^ Duncan-Wald, Chloe; McArthur, LiLi. "History of the CRLS Mascot". The Register Forum. Cambridge Rindge and Latin School. Retrieved April 5, 2019.
  20. ^ "Bio: Leroy Anderson"
  21. ^ "Rindge Diplomas Given; Exercises of the Cambridge Manual Training School Graduates at Sanders Theatre". The Boston Globe. June 16, 1910. p. 15. Retrieved May 26, 2023.
  22. ^ Theroux, Paul (2001). Fresh Air Fiend: Travel Writings, 1985–2000. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. p. 258. ISBN 9780618126934.
  23. ^ 'Public Officials of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts 1951–1952,' Biographical Sketch of Walter Joseph Sullivan, pg. 290
  24. ^ Goode, Erica; Serge F. Kovaleski (April 20, 2013). "Boy at Home in U.S., Swayed by One Who Wasn't". The New York Times. Retrieved September 23, 2018. Dzhokhar, a handsome teenager with a wry yearbook smile, was liked and respected by his classmates at Cambridge Rindge and Latin School,[...]
  25. ^ Martin, Philip (March 25, 2015). "Tsarnaev Trial Puts Cambridge Rindge & Latin High in National Spotlight". WGBH. Retrieved September 23, 2018. And since 2013, CRL has also become known for its most infamous graduates: the Brothers Tamerlan and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev.

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