Rollins School (Lawrence, MA)

Class of 1946

The Rollins School collection consists of six photographs of different graduating classes.

  • 2006.61 Class of 1940
  • 2007.12 Classes of 1943, 1945, and 1946
  • 2007.15 Classes of 1926 and 1938

The John R. Rollins School was completed 1893 and was located on the corner of Howard and Prospect Streets.  Well-known local architect, George G. Adams designed the school in the most modern and up-to-date ideas of the time.   The trends in education added new subject matter such as geography and science and included group activities like model building and science experiments.  This new school contained ten classrooms, a large hall, rooms for teachers and the master, and a library. The Rollins School was considered a model school building at the time.  It was constructed of red brick laid in red mortar with trimming of North Conway granite, all cut with fine pointed surfaces.  Much of the exterior used copper fittings and roof was slated in Monson slate.  The tower at the entrance is 125 feet from the ground to the top of the finial.  The Seth Thomas clock in the tower measures seven feet in diameter.  The clock was paid for by a subscription of local residents.  There was a 5000 pound bell in the tower.  The school was lit by gas jets, cooled by a gas-powered fan, and heated by a coal-fired boiler. The ten-classroom building cost $80,000 and was meant to hold 500 pupils.  It was named after John Rodman Rollins, Civil War veteran, city mayor, and superintendent of schools.  The building is still in use as a school.

The image below was a recent digital donation.  It is of the Class of 1957.

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