Dorchester High School for Girls

Dorchester High School for Girls is a defunct four-year public high school that served students in ninth through twelfth grades, that was located in the Dorchester neighborhood of Boston, Massachusetts, United States from 1925 to 1953.

Dorchester High School for Girls
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Dorchester High School for Girls, 1925–1953
Also home of Dorchester High School (1901–1925) and Girls' Latin School/Boston Latin Academy (1955–1981)

United States
Coordinates42°17′25″N 71°04′12″W / 42.2903°N 71.0701°W / 42.2903; -71.0701Coordinates: 42°17′25″N 71°04′12″W / 42.2903°N 71.0701°W / 42.2903; -71.0701
TypePublic high school
HeadmasterAlice M. Twigg (1932)
Faculty76 (1932)[2]
Enrollment2,591 (1933)[1]
Color(s)Blue and White
YearbookThe Item


Dorchester High School was founded in 1852 as a co-educational institution in what was then the independent town of Dorchester, Massachusetts. In 1870, the town was annexed by the City of Boston and Dorchester High came under the jurisdiction of Boston Public Schools.[3] A new school designed by the architectural firm of Hartwell, Richardson & Driver was built on Talbot Avenue in Codman Square and opened in 1901.[4] When an additional school building on Peacevale Road opened in 1925, the student body was split. Dorchester High for Boys was created and moved to the new facility, while Dorchester High for Girls was established and remained in the Codman Square building.[5] In a Boston School Committee vote July 27, 1953, the Dorchester High School for Girls was ordered closed. The stated reasons for closure were the School Committee's desire for a co-educational school, integrating trade courses for girls, and student enrollment being under capacity. The student body was transferred to the Peacevale Road location, again establishing a co-educational Dorchester High School.[6]


  • James E. Thomas (1925–1929)
  • Alice M. Twigg (1929–1950)[7]
  • Dorothy M. Lyons (1950–1953)[8]


  1. ^ "Annual Report of the Superintendent". City of Boston via Retrieved January 6, 2019.
  2. ^ "Manual of the Public Schools of the City of Boston". City of Boston via Retrieved January 7, 2019.
  3. ^ "A Chronology of the Boston Public Schools". City of Boston via Retrieved January 13, 2018.
  4. ^ "New Dorchester High School". Boston Evening Transcript. Boston. December 6, 1901. p. 12. Retrieved May 1, 2022.
  5. ^ "FIVE NEW SCHOOLS TO OPEN THIS FALL", Boston Globe, September 3, 1925
  6. ^ "17 Boston Schools to be Eliminated", Boston Globe, July 8, 1953
  7. ^ "ALICE M. TWIGG APPOINTED TO HEADMASTER'S POST", Boston Globe, June 19, 1929
  8. ^ "Proceedings of the School Committee of the City of Boston". The Boston Public Library. Internet Archive. Retrieved January 7, 2019.