Lawrence High School (Lawrence, MA)


LHS 1867-1901

Panorama Class Pictures: 1926, 1927, 1928, 1929, 1933, 1934, 1935, 2000.

Class picture collections: 1897, 1908, 1909, 1921, 1926, 1929, 1930.

There is also an almost complete set of LHS yearbooks, Bulletins, and the Lawrencian.  The athletic photos taken from the High School building on Lawrence Street can be seen at

The Lawrence Public Schools organized the Lawrence High School January 31, 1849.  The first seventeen students were housed in the first floor of the Oliver School.  The first original High School building was constructed in 1867.  In 1892 this building graduated Robert Frost (who will become America’s favorite poet) and Elinor White (his future wife).  There was a Normal Training School at the rear of the High School, where graduates of the High School are taught to be teachers.  When the new high school was built this old building was used a school department offices and classrooms for “illiterates.”   The building burned to the ground December 7, 1909.  By the 1890s the School Committee was considering a new building for highs school.  310 students were housed in a building meant for 200.  In 1896 they were looking for an enrollment the next year of 475.  In 1898 land owned by the Barbour family, Ellen J. McCarthy, Mary A Roberts, Lucy H. Stowe, and the Father Mathew Total Abstinence Society was seized by eminent domain.  It was located at the corner of Lawrence and Haverhill streets.  John Ashton, the architect of the Tarbox School, was chosen to design the school.  The cornerstone of the new structure was dedicated June 17, 1899.  The school was dedicated June 10, 1901.  The building above was called the New High School for many years.  An extension that followed Haverhill street to the west was built and occulted in 1924.  It was formally called the James D. Horne Annex.

A new building to replace the 1901 structure started in the 1980s.  Land was finally provided near the stadium in South Lawrence.  Construction started in 2003 and was occupied in the Fall of 2007.

2 Responses

  1. I have a picutre from my grnamther’s LHS graduating class it was either 1907, 1908 or 1909. She was born in 1890, so it could have been 1908.

  2. […] Lawrence High School Class photographs: 1897, 1908, 1909, and 1930 […]

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