Don Bosco Technical High School (Boston)
Don Bosco Technical High School (called as Don Bosco Trade School from 1946 to 1954 and officially named Don Bosco School of Technology from 1993 until its closure) is a defunct all-boys Roman Catholic secondary school for grades 9 through 12. Founded for immigrant boys by the Salesians of Don Bosco, a religious order of priests and brothers, the school was situated at 300 Tremont St. near the red light district, Boston, Massachusetts, United States from 1946 until its closure in 1998.
|Don Bosco Technical High School|
330 Tremont St.
|Religious affiliation(s)||Roman Catholic, Salesians of Don Bosco|
|Patron saint(s)||St. John Bosco|
|Founder||Br. Julius Bollati, S.D.B. and Br. Angelo Bongiorno, S.D.B.|
|School district||Archdiocese of Boston|
|Director||Fr. Richard J. McCormick, S.D.B.|
|Principal||Charles A. Schuetz|
|Classes offered||Cabinetmaking, Construction Technology, Drafting and Design, Electronics, Electricity and Science Technology|
|Colour(s)||Green and yellow|
|Athletics conference||Catholic Conference (MIAA)|
|Sports||Football, basketball, track, swimming, hockey, tennis|
Founding and expansionEdit
In 1945, the Salesians of Don Bosco in Boston purchased the neglected former John Paul Jones School building, built in 1898, located at 145 Byron St. in East Boston and renovated it. Don Bosco Trade School, as it was known then, opened for the 1946-1947 school year with two teachers, Br. Julius Bollati, S.D.B. and Br. Angelo Bongiorno, S.D.B. and 16 students. The new school was founded in almost a perfect location and time period: it served large numbers of the underprivileged children of mostly Roman Catholic Italian immigrants, offering both a trade and religious education. By 1954, enrollment had grown to 200, making the Byron St. campus too crowded.
The school, in partnership with the Salesian province leadership, proceeded to search for a property in Boston fulfilling the necessary requirements. The school leadership looked in a few locations, including Jamaica Plain and the South End. Initially (January 1954) a site on Rockwood St in Jamaica Plain was chosen; however, in August 1954 this plan was abandoned in favor of the former Brandeis High School on Warrenton Street, South End. Don Bosco Technical High School remained at this site until its closure in 1998.
New campus and growthEdit
The Salesians moved into the Brandeis Vocational School Campus, the main building of which was formerly the City of Boston Continuation School, with the two sides of the building split into Boys' and Girls' Units, in time for the 1954 school year. During this time there was a Salesian seminary program at Don Bosco Tech, which was terminated in later years. The original brick/limestone building was built in the 1920s. This was plenty of space to house the student body of 200 plus Salesian quarters. In the years following the student population rose rapidly, reaching 562 in 1966.
Decline and closureEdit
By 1974 the school reached its peak enrollment at around 900 students. After that, it went struggled as its facilities aged and enrollment declined. In 1971 and 1985 two new buildings were added to the campus to hold expanded electronics departments which were very popular during those years.
On March 15, 1989, 10,800 spectators packed the old Boston Garden to watch the MIAA Division I State Hockey Championship game against highly successful Catholic Memorial. They came back from 2-0 and won the game 5-2, to the delight and surprise of the fans. The championship rings giving to coaches and members were gold, silver an emerald green center, with an engraved bear, Don Bosco Tech's mascot, and the player's name on the side.
By 1991, enrollment had dipped to 625. A few years later, in an attempt to rebrand and attract new students, the school was renamed Don Bosco School of Technology. By 1998, for financial, demographic and other reasons, including a lack of modern computer courses, the school was forced to close.
|Fr. Angelo Bongiorno, S.D.B.||1946-56||Unknown||1946-93||Unknown||1946|
|Unknown||1947-56||Fr. Ernest Faggiono, S.D.B.||1947-49|
|Fr. Emil Francis Fardellone, S.D.B.||1956-59||Fr. Joseph Caselli, S.D.B.||1954-58|
|Fr. Eugene Palumbo, S.D.B.||1966-75|
|Br. Jerry Meegan, S.D.B.||1974-80|
|Fr. Kenneth Germaine, S.D.B.||1980|
|Unknown||1980-84||Fr. Jonathan D. Parks, S.D.B.||1980-83|
|Charles A. Schuetz||1983-93|
|Fr. Vincent Zuliani, S.D.B.||1984-89|
|Fr. Sid Figlia, S.D.B.||1989-93|
|Fr. Richard J. McCormick, S.D.B.||1993-98||Charles A. Schuetz||1993-98|
Note: The years listed for many of the school officials listed above may not be complete; only those years which have verifiably been recorded as years at the school have been listed. For example, Fr. Jay Verona, S.D.B. may have served for many years before and after 1966 but sources were only able to confirm the year of 1966.
- 1975 Catholic Conference Co- Champions
- 1975 New England Catholic Invitational Tourney, Class A Champion
- 1975 Division 1 North Champions
- 1976 Division 1 State Champions
- 1982 Division 1 North Champions (no state champions this year due Prop 2 1/2)
- 1983 Division 1 North Champions (no state champions this year due Prop 2 1/2)
- 1974 Catholic Conference Champions
- 1981 Division I State Champions
- 1989 Division I State Champions
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