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Frank V. Thompson School
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 Frank V. Thompson School (Middle)

110 Maxwell Street, Dorchester
Built 1922
Harrison H. Atwood, Architect

Frank V. Thompson was Superintendent of the Boston Public School system 1918-1921, having served as Assistant Superintendent for six years. He persuaded the School Committee to introduce commercial education in the Boston Schools.

Apparently this school is no longer in existence.


What's In a Name? Names of Boston's Schools: Their Origin. Boston: School Volunteers for Boston and the Boston Public Schools, 1980.

Reader's comments:

From: Edward Slaney, Dec. 2, 2005

After the Roger Wolcott I attende the F.V. Thompson for the 7th, 8th and 9th grades. There was Ms. Cronin, Mr. Folkhart, printing teacher Horatio La Mont and carpentry Mr. ? The Brady sisters, Mr. Rothera, Ms. Mulchahy. 1949 or so Snow Queen of New Hampshire. Ms. Daily science and my home room in 7th grade. Robert Ente wrote and sang the school graduating song to the tune of "Trees". Larry Morris was a school mate and we smoked a lot together after school. His younger brother Kevin lost a foot to a train accident . Heshy Margolis was another classmate and the carpentry teacher used to call him 'Margolis you Bird". Living on Ballou Avenue at the time I walked to all the schools. Bradford, Shaw, Wolcott, St. Mathews and the Thompson. There was an asst. principle at the Thompson who banged a soda bottle on the lunch room table to get us to quiet down. Once the bottle broke and he cut his hand. No more bottle banging. We had Drill in those days and we marched like little soldiers. I went on to Hyde Park High School where I graduated and entered the Navy.

October 2008
From: Jennifer Mitten

I attended the Frank V. Thompson Middle School in 1967, I think. I remember Miss Wright, Mrs. Brown, Mr. Passanissi, Miss Furlong, Mr. Ford, and, of course, the gym teacher, Mrs. Mitten (my mother). I think it was the first year it was a middle school - I was only there one year for 6th grade and then I went on to Girls' Latin.

November 2009
Michael S. Radeos, MD

I attended the Thompson in 1967-8 for 1 year and then went to Boston Latin for grades 7-12. Mrs. Brown was my home room teacher, 6A, and who inspired me greatly. I wish I could find her to let her know how much she helped me. I have since gone on to become an emergency physician in New York. I remember Miss Wright, leading the 6B class across the hall. She was an avid Peanuts fan, especially Snoopy. One special memory was watching the World Series Game 1 on a small TV placed in front of the Auditorium. Jose Santiago pitching against Bob Gibson. Alas, you knaow the rest of that story.


In 2011 the Boston Public School website says this building is now Newcomers Academy --
Newcomers Academy will serve up to 250 Boston residents who:
* Are between the ages of 14-18;
* Arrived in the U.S. during the school year;
* Have limited English proficiency;
* Have limited academic skills in their primary language (3 or more years behind); and/or
* Have experienced interruption in formal education in their countries of origin.

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Created: March 7, 2004   Modified: October 30, 2011