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Pageant of the Year, Brookline High School, February 28, 1913
From The Chronicle March 1, 1913

THE PAGEANT OF THE YEAR.

On the evening of February 28, an event occurred which marks an important step in the progress of art. A performance - unique in that it was written, acted and managed by High School girls and boys - was presented before the large audience which filled Shailer Hall. The Pageant of the Year, the work of Miss Evelyn Asbrand, '13, was remarkable in many ways. Although the pageant was under the direction of Miss Stone of the Art department, Miss Spaulding of the English department, and Miss Barnes of the Physical Training department, these instructors so acted that practically all the affairs concerning the productions were in the hands of the students.

First to the view of the spectators came Father Time escorted to his throne by the months of the year [ed. these are actually the signs of the Zodiac]. Stately Father Time and the frolicking months! When their march was over, the Seasons came in First Spring, the fair, fresh youth of the year, entered. Along with her came the Breezes, the Mayflowers and the Rain-drops. Then soft and gentle Summer in her sweet flowing robes appeared. Next came Autumn with the School Children, the Witches, the Ghosts, and the Indians. Finally, lmperial Winter ascended the stage, followed by Holly dancers, Winter Sports and others.

...

J. Louis Keegan was Father Time. Miss Madeleine Hunt was Spring; Miss Estelle Krieger, Summer; Miss Mildred Southwick, Autumn; Miss Elizabeth Macnaughtan, Winter. The Months were represented as follows. Georgia Churchill, January; Margaret Woods, February; Dorothy Elden, March, Katharine Delabarre, April; Rosamund Flanders, May. Mary Knowles, June; Carmen Harris, July; Helena von Ladau, August; Ruth Lyman, September; Frances Coburn, October; Helen Goodnow, November; Elizabeth Corbett, December.

The Breezes in their flowing blue draperies were Misses Dorothy Lindsay, Ruth Reizenstein, Eleanor Sheldon, Josephine Kraft, Mary Hickey, and Hilda Shepard. The pattering Rain-drops were Misses Katherine Andrews, Margaret Daniels, Dorothy Wiggin, Margaret Tuttle, Dorothy Champlin, Marion Lawson, Marion Dooley and Alice Kilmer. The Mayflower dance was given by Misses Marguerite Ayers, Margaret Wesner, Dorothy Amsden, Maud Barrett, Marion Neal, Julie Emery, Olive Amsden and Marie Kaan. The graduates to appear were Miss Helen Carvell, Mildred Stronge, Catherine Lally, Marjorie Kaan, Alice Stewart and Evelyn Fisher. Miss Louise Johnson was the School Teacher, while her misbehaving children comprised Esther Sands, Helen McNamara, Grac Stearns, Mary Hickey, Jessie Southwick, Mignonne Ryther and Ethel Driscoll.

The Witches and Ghosts were Misses Edith Driscoll, Caroline Potter, Mary Houghton, and Manon Cook, Helen Kaan, Eleanor Carlisle, Francis Souther and Helene Kornfeld. Ruth Damon was the Chieftain of the Indian group, composed of Helen Fillmore, Margaret Arnold. Marion Forbes, Lillian Hoeffner, Dorothy Izenbeck, Evelyn Kellsher and Mildred Price. The Holly Leaf dance was admirably presented by Misses Dorothy Rhodes, Manon Driscoll, Elizabeth Cantwell, Susie MacDonald, Dorothy Conklin, Ruth Russell, Mary Moran, and Alice Duffy.

The Winter Sports girls were Misses Alice Burdett, Katharine Da VIS, Louise Roberts, Margaret Farley, Caroline Mackey, Julia Bowker, Tsuya Matsuki, Hilda Marrett, Mary Joyce, Elsie Nelson, Florence Putnam, and Elizabeth Taber.
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Pageant of the Year, Brookline High School, February 28, 1913
Boston Herald, February 23, 1913
High School Class in White Embroidery
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High School Class in Plain Sewing
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High School Class in Embroideries in Color and Shading
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High School Class, Unidentified
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High School Class, Unidentified
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High School Biology Class, 1933


From the pamphlet entitled Brookline School Photos, Taken and Finished by the Guidance Department, 1933
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High School Chemistry Class, 1933


From the pamphlet entitled Brookline School Photos, Taken and Finished by the Guidance Department, 1933
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High School
Built in 1895.

Seen from the rear. The auditorium is in the center rear.
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High School Fire, 1936
Parsons School, First Grade, 1892
Walter Ave. in neighborhood formerly known as "The Farm" that was later razed and replace by the Brook House development.

Page 10, plate 7284. From an album of fifty photographs of Brookline schools, classrooms, and examples of clay modeling, wood-working, and cooking. Produced for the 1893 World's Columbian Exposition.
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Runkle School, Graduating Students, 1921
Buildings demolished in 1962 and replaced by the current buildings at 50 Druce St.
Runkle School Children
Buildings demolished in 1962 and replaced by the current buildings at 50 Druce St.
Union Building, Kindergarten Class, 1892
The Union Building, located at the corner of High and Walnut streets, was razed in 1961 for public housing.

Page 11, plate 7285. From an album of fifty photographs of Brookline schools, classrooms, and examples of clay modeling, wood-working, and cooking. Produced for the 1893 World's Columbian Exposition.
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Pierce Grammar School, Prospect St., circa 1876
The students are arrayed in front of the original Pierce Grammar School. There are a number of older-appearing students so it can be assumed that the photo includes students from the high school that was just next door.

There were two Pierce School buildings, Grammar and Primary. This is the original Grammar building, built in 1855 on the west side of Prospect St. This building was incorporated into the 1904 replacement building for the Primary School, still standing, and its right side can be viewed there today.
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Pierce Primary School
There were two Pierce buildings, Grammar and Primary. A new, larger, Pierce Grammar School had recently opened on School St. in 1901. This building, the new Primary School building, was opened in 1904 as part of an expansion of both schools. It incorporated parts of the old Pierce Grammar School, accessible today around the right side, and still stands today as the Pierce Historical Building.
Pierce Grammar School, 1905
Facing School St. Opened in 1901 as a replacement for the much smaller school located behind it on Prospect St. No longer standing.
Pierce Grammar School
Facing School St. Opened in 1901 as a replacement for the much smaller school located behind it on Prospect St. No longer standing.
Pierce Grammar School, Kindergarten, 1892


Page 14, plate 7288. From an album of fifty photographs of Brookline schools, classrooms, and examples of clay modeling, wood-working, and cooking. Produced for the 1893 World's Columbian Exposition.
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