HOMETOWN (Forgotten!): High School

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Marilyn Whiteley on August 21, 2009

How could I have forgotten to include a picture of the high school after finishing the downtown tour? It certainly held an important place in my life in Harvard.

Students from Central School came here after they finished 6th grade, but they were not the only new students in the high school building. This was a consolidated school district, so students from the small schools in the dairy-farming area around Harvard also joined us for classes. Furthermore, the Catholic elementary school in town only offered classes through 8th grade, so we were joined by even more of our peers when we became Freshmen. Thus I spent six years as a student here.

But that is not the only reason it was important in my life. This is where my father came to teach industrial arts" (wood shop, metal shop, and mechanical drawing) a year before I was born. He also directed the school choral work, and I sang in his choirs and ensembles. It happened that at the time I left for college, he changed to doing only choral work--for the same school district--and taught singing to upper grade and junior high school students as well as continuing his work with the high school choirs.

The school opened its doors in 1921. It has been extended many times since then, but this one, classic view of the front of the building remains remains almost unchanged.

Daniela Brocca on August 21, 2009

I really enjoyed the tour, Marilyn.A good idea and great work. I love how you write. You explained us the life of a little town in New England from the '30ies on and some of his history and present days. I loved it.Cheers, Daniela

Marilyn Whiteley on August 21, 2009

Thanks, Daniela, for the lovely comment which you wrote while I was on-line adding tags to the photos. I'm sure I wrote much more than what most people will care to read, but this seemed to me an interesting use of Panoramio, and I'm very glad you enjoyed it!

A tiny thing I intended to add about this photo was that, while my father eventually taught in a couple of other buildings, this was the only place he taught while I was living at home, so of course I associate it very strongly with him.

Thanks again. Marilyn

Hank Waxman on August 21, 2009

I agree with Daniela; the narrative is the best part. Thanks for all of it.


trikermike on August 27, 2009

I have been entranced by this series of Hometown places from your life, I doubt if they really are forgotten though, you have vivid memories of the happenings and intracacies of each. I notice the places are well cared for, almost as a memorial to the Marvelous Marilyn, daughter of the Old Hometown!

Thank you for the very interesting tour, now I must hop off to the store, a man needs to eat!

Take great care, my friend,


Marilyn Whiteley on August 28, 2009

I much appreciate your lovely comment, Mike. Of course the visit helped bring back those vivid memories. I wrote them down hoping that some of my friends would enjoy having me share them, and I'm very glad that's true.

And thanks again, Hank, for your visit.


Ian Stehbens on September 4, 2009

Anyone that has graduated from Harvard has to be both erudite and well-educated, Marilyn. It seems superfluous for me to correct you in regard to your summary comment that you may have written more than anyone cares to read, for not only have others amended that but this is me!

I am delighted that you were inspired to record the elements of the town and recall your own history in it. I have picked up on some common trends, on some quaint elements or motifs and on the commonality that we share when we have been nurtured in small communities and grown to move out onto the world arena.

And not to forget that your photography does the story justice for you have carefully presented them, especially from your childhood perspectives. This edifice, for example, has been selected rather than the extensions - this grand front entrance which first impressed you long before you attended the school.

It has been worth contributing to GE, too, for Harvard's sake.


trikermike on September 4, 2009


I can only agree with Ian's comments, thiugh I may not be as erudite as others, for my education was but a comprehensive one. When I wrote that I was entranced by your hometown series I was including the rememberances you told us of, your memories sang from the page whilst I was reading, I was as a close bystander in that period you described. I shall carry those feelings with me for quite some time.

More praise is your worth, your photography, your friendship.

Take good care, M'dear


Leo Roundtree on September 11, 2009


Thank you so much for sharing your wonderful memories. I can only imagine the joy and pride you felt "singing for your father" in the school choir. What an experience and memory!

Best wishes, Leo

Michael Schäffner on September 27, 2009

It looks really like a school house

Marilyn Whiteley on October 18, 2009

Ian, Mike, and Leo, your heartwarming comments arrived after we had left for Brazil, and somehow they've been sitting, neglected, in my inbox. I do appreciate your words.

And Michael, yours came just as I was making my annual move early in the autumn from our summer home in the U.S. to our "real" home in Canada. thank you for visiting.


trikermike on October 18, 2009

Thank you Marilyn, I did enjoy the tales of your Alumni!

Parruco on October 19, 2009

Bonita foto.

Saudações, desde Vila Chã -- Vila do Conde - Portugal

gracekruck on March 21, 2014

Marilyn, I cannot tell you how thrilled and touched I am to have found this picture and read your narrative! I live in Harvard, I graduated from Harvard High School in 2010. I currently work for the school district in the building that was called Central School, my mother works at the High School, your story about your father touched me! I would love to exchange email addresses with you to learn more about your memories from Harvard!

Marilyn Whiteley on April 2, 2014

Grace, thanks so much for this message. I hope by now you've received my e-mail. If you don't get it, please let me know.

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