Gifford School

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Gifford School

The Gifford School is a special education school located on Route 20, in Weston, Massachusetts. In total, it has approximately 100 students. The school takes students ages 8 and up, and is separated into a lower school (elementary school), a middle school, and a high school departments, each with their own principal, social worker, and head teacher.


The Gifford School's campus consists of an administration building, a high school building, a middle school and lower school building, The Fenn Center, a woodshop building and a woodshed. The Fenn Center consists of the science room, computer lab, gymnasium with a stage, nurse's office, and Multi Media Arts Studio. The gymnasium is also used as an auditorium and lunch room.


On Wednesday, December 23, 2009 at 6:04 am, The Fenn Center was involved in a 4-Alarm fire and was severely damaged. The fire was determined to be accidental. Backup was called in from the surrounding towns of Lexington, Waltham, Natick, Newton, Sudbury, and Wellesley. The fire caused Route 20 and the on-ramp to Route 128 to be closed during the morning commute.[1][2][3][4][5][6]


  1. ^ "Fire ruled accidental; Weston school plans to rebuild". MetroWest Daily News. Retrieved 24 December 2009. 
  2. ^ "Fire Destroys Gifford School In Weston". WBZ-TV. Archived from the original on December 26, 2009. Retrieved 23 December 2009. 
  3. ^ "4-Alarm Fire Rips Through Local School". WCVB-TV. Archived from the original on 24 December 2009. Retrieved 23 December 2009. 
  4. ^ "Fire breaks out at school in Weston". WHDH-TV. Retrieved 23 December 2009. [permanent dead link]
  5. ^ "Flames rip through Gifford School in Weston". Fox 25 Boston. Archived from the original on 28 July 2011. Retrieved 23 December 2009. 
  6. ^ Ellement, John R. (23 December 2009). "Four-alarm fire burns at Weston school". Retrieved 23 December 2009. 

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Coordinates: 42°22′02.83″N 71°16′39.42″W / 42.3674528°N 71.2776167°W / 42.3674528; -71.2776167