Girls' High School (Boston, Massachusetts)

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Girls' High School
West Newton Street
Boston, Massachusetts
United States
Type Public
Established September 1852 (1852-09)
Campus Urban
Affiliation Boston Public Schools
External view of the high school in the 1920s

Girls' High School was a high school that was located in Roxbury, Boston. It was founded in 1852 by a group including Dr. LeBaron Russell. It was initially located above a public library in the former Adams schoolhouse on Mason Street.[1]

In 1869, construction began for a purpose-built school building, located on Newton Street between Tremont and Shawmut Avenue. That building was designed for just under 1000 students, with 8 classrooms, 15 recitation rooms, 3 studios, chemical, physical, and botanical laboratories, and a hall, as well as facilities dedicated to the Girls' Latin School. This building was formally dedicated on April 19, 1871. By 1903, the high school's share of this space was described as insufficient in the Boston Globe.[1]

The school became coeducational in the latter half of the 20th century. By spring 1974, the school housed 500 female students and 200 male students. That spring, the Boston School Committee voted to change the school's name to Roxbury High School. This name was the most popular among petitioning students.[2]

Roxbury High closed in 1981

Notable alumnae[edit]

Heads of school[edit]

  • Loring Lothrop, 1852-1856
  • William Seavey, 1856-1868
  • Ephraim Hunt, 1868-1872
  • Samuel Eliot, 1872-1876
  • Homer B. Sprague, 1876-1885
  • John Tetlow, 1885-[10]


  1. ^ a b "Fiftieth Anniversary of the Girls' High School". Boston Globe. January 12, 1903. 
  2. ^ Worsham, James (March 29, 1974). "School committee votes name change for Girls High". Boston Globe. 
  3. ^ Ogilvie, Marilyn; Harvey, Joy, eds. (2000). The Biographical Dictionary of Women in Science: Pioneering Lives from Ancient Times to the Mid-20th Century. London: Routledge. pp. 336–337. 
  4. ^ a b Shannon, Hope J. (2014). Legendary Locals of Boston's South End. Charleston, South Carolina: Arcadia Publishing. p. 63. Retrieved 27 September 2014. 
  5. ^ Smith, Jessie Carney, ed. (1996). Notable Black American Women, Book 2. pp. 152–153. Retrieved 26 September 2014. 
  6. ^ "School of Dental Medicine, Tufts University: 2009 Archives" (PDF). Tufts University. Retrieved 27 September 2014. 
  7. ^ Mahoney, Mary (June 17, 1951). "Girls' High School Alumnae Plans Centennial for 1952". Boston Globe. 
  8. ^ "Pauline Elizabeth Hopkins (1859-1930)". Retrieved 27 September 2014. 
  9. ^ Riley, Sam G. (1995). "Lewis, Lillian Alberta (1861-?)". Biographical Dictionary of American Newspaper Columnists. Greenwood Publishing Group. p. 182. ISBN 9780313291920. 
  10. ^ Woods, Lucy R. (1904). A History of the Girls' High School of Boston: 1852-1902. Riverside Press. Retrieved 26 September 2014. 

Coordinates: 42°18′58.09″N 71°5′4.51″W / 42.3161361°N 71.0845861°W / 42.3161361; -71.0845861