Why do the associations and friendships we make early in life seem to last the longest and mean the most to us? – Walter Hersee ’72 on a recent informal “mini-reunion.”
“There are bonds with the kids you grew up with, then eventually grew away from. You remain the custodians of one another’s earliest memories – your shared piece of history that, in many ways, shapes the person you become.” — Sandra A. Miller in a Boston Globe article. Aug 21, 2011
The MHS Alumni Association would like to invite nearby alumni to come meet on the outdoor deck at Zullo Gallery on the following evenings:
Wednesday, July 13th
Thursday, August 11th
Zullo Gallery will be open Wednesday and Thursday evenings through July and August. This is a very informal invite, and not exclusive to MHS Alumni, so come join us if you can!
No music is currently planned for July 13th, but on Thurs Aug 11th, Medfield’s own Teddy Larkin will be performing on the deck. You can listen to some of Teddy’s songs here:
On both evenings, the gallery will be open by 7 p.m. and there is no admission, except for a suggested music donation. Beer, wine, and soft drinks will be available.
Zullo Gallery is at 456-A Main St. Medfield, MA
Welcome to the Medfield High School Alumni Association. Take a minute to watch this video from your fellow alumni Richard DeSorgher (1970), Dan Krawec and Taylor Sipple (2009) and a faculty alum, former Dean of Students, Dave Gibbs.
MHSAA is looking for Alumni interested in helping to develop the Database portion of this website. We are currently collecting registration data and hope to create a valuable resource for Medfield alumni. A major important goal for the organization is to develop an online database of Medfield High School graduates which will allow MHS alumni to contact one another regarding a variety of interests, career goals, college choices, internships and MHS class reunions. If you are interested in helping to develop the on-line database please contact us at MHSAA.firstname.lastname@example.org. The goal is for alumni to be able to reach out to other alumni.
Thanks for your support and we look forward to hearing from more Medfield High School alumni. Your questions and suggestions will be valuble as the organization moves towards it goals, please email them to us at MHSAA.email@example.com. Also, join us on Facebook at Medfield High School Alumni Association.
Thanks again and we look forward to hearing from you. If you have not registered yet, please visit the Alumni Registration page.
Thank You MHS Alumni Richard DeSorgher (1970), Dan Krawec(2009), Taylor Sipple (2009) and Faculty Alumni Dave Gibbs (2005) for your contribution to the 2010 Senior Giving Video.
Karl Schwartz graduated from Medfield High School in 1983 and headed directly into West Point. After graduation from West Point, Schwartz took part in the first Iraq War. He has since gone on to become a career officer and has served as a company commander and a tank commander.
Schwartz is currently back in Iraq, stationed in Baghdad with a job covering systems analysis. He is also close to earning his doctorate in education. Married and the father of seven children, Schwartz’s oldest is himself headed to West Point.
This past Christmas, political science and AP US History students at Medfield High School sent Schwartz “Medfield Care Packages” to let him know that he and the other soldiers in Iraq are appreciated and not forgotten. In appreciation, Schwartz sent to his high school alma mater an American flag that had flown over command headquarters in Baghdad.
Schwartz’s father, Karl, Sr., recently presented the flag to high school principal Judy Noble (pictured). The flag and an accompanying plaque will be located in the school’s cafeteria.
Principals of Medfield High School
* Medfield High School Officially Established on March 24, 1870
|1870||Henry F. Kurt|
|1871-1872||Walter S. Parker|
|1872-1873||William L. Whittemore|
|1873-1874||Cornelius E. Wood|
|1875-1878||William E. Marshall|
|1878-1879||Walter H. Small|
|1879-1882||Charles N. Bently|
|1882-1883||Clarence E. Griffin|
|1883-1884||Miss E.J. Towle|
|1884-1889||E. Emmons Grover|
|1889-1890||Eugene F. DeNormandie|
|1890-1892||Edwin H. Whitehill|
|1892||George C. Burrage|
|1895-1897||Daniel G. Munson|
|1897-1900||Walter Van Kleek|
|1900-1901||Leonard M. Patton|
|1901-1903||Clarence H. Jones|
|1903-1904||* Medfield High School closed, students sent toDedham and Walpole High Schools|
|1904-1907||Thomas H. Kenworthy|
|1907-1909||William J. Chisholm|
|1909-1912||Norval B. Spinney|
|1912-1918||Ralph W. Taylor|
|1918-1919||C. Harold Risley|
|1919-1947||Alton H. Hartford|
|1947-1949||Raymond S. Locke (Headmaster)|
|1949-1952||Charles E. Benton|
|1952-1955||William H. McLin|
|1955-1970||Charles F. Mains|
|1970-1974||Russell H. Johnson|
|1974-1991||Tassos P. Filledes|
|1991-1999||Robert C. Maguire|
|1999-2000||Judith E. Noble (Interim Principal)|
|2007-2011||Judith E. Noble|
Memories of Medfield High School Football
by Gerry Finn, Class of 1970
I want to mention a couple things about our undefeated and twice tied 1969 football team and I still today eagerly grab the sports section each week to see how the Warriors are faring and am happy to see we are back winning, where we belong. Playing football for Medfield High School was the most important experience of my life, other than marriage and kids of course. I remember the fans always cheering us on, the coaches barking out orders, the smell of wet grass and mud, the cheerleaders jumping around and the band at half time. I remember being in the most pain ever during the dreaded “double sessions ” where you learned a little something about yourself, your teammate on either side of you and what it means to defy the odds and have a little town, like Medfield “CRUSH” the bigger towns with twice as many kids who for some reason always looked bigger. I remember the 1969 undefeated season where I was privileged to be named co-captain with the fastest best runner I’ve ever known, Gary Vollmuth.
I remember a team that switched a linebacker to running back and watched him bull and dance his way to 19 rushing touchdowns “the wizard of grid,” Dave Blake, who’s dad was the superintendent of schools and the people of Medfield honored by naming a school after the good works he performed for the town. I remember that we only threw about 15 passes the entire year even though we had a great quarterback in Kevin Minnaert. Hel, we did not believe in the pass we just got down, grabbed a fist full of dirt, and occasionally the face of our opponent and just kept going forward– it didn’t matter we believed in our selves and our coach, “Basic Bill” Young . He was an excellent coach, nothing fancy just—out push them to the goal line then stop—then push them away from the goal line. For you see in those days we all played both ways—hell, we only had 34 kids on the entire team.
The most memorable game for me was the battle of the two undefeated 5-0 teams, Medfield against Holliston. It was the night before the game and the entire team gathered at Steve Girouard’s house (to keep out of trouble) and watched ZULU. A movie about an out numbered British force in Africa of 400 men against 4,000 Zulu’s. The Globe picked Holliston by 10 points and pegged it as the class D game of the week. After our warm ups the merry band of 34 Medfield Kids were on the field when four busloads of Holliston football players pulled up on top of the hill. They had dressed their entire football team (122 kids) down to the freshman. They ran down onto our field for what seemed like forever and then ran the perimeter of the field to blow our minds. That was their first mistake– as we stood there in awe someone mentioned that they looked like a bunch of Zulu’s and we commenced laughing at them. It broke the tension and when they warmed up they pushed us down to our own 20 yard line due to their shear numbers. Now that got us mad and fights almost broke out and the game had not even started yet. Boy this was going to be soooo much fun. After the coin toss we got it on. What a battle and the “wizard of grid” came calling early and often. I think we may have even thrown a pass for a 2-point conversion just to keep them off balance. I met with Tom Caito, the head coach of Holliston and later of B.C., years later and he told me that his plan in dressing all those numbers was to blow our minds. Guess we forgot our minds that day as we beat them 35 to 18 or something like that.
I would like to leave you with a couple of thoughts regarding Medfield Football—it was not just another sport offered at Medfield it was “THE Sport.” Pep rallies on Friday nights with the whole town turning out; bus rides around and thru town in a parade after away games with fans cheering at Lords and offering us soda as the busses went thru. I remember the last game, by this time both Gary and I were out due to injuries (hamstring for Gary and me facing a knee operation) but “the TEAM” played on and we won the Tri Valley title again and the town hoisted us up on fire engines and we took a victory tour thru town. The difference for me was the fans but most importantly the parents. My mom and dad were at every game as was every other kid’s parents. That meant a lot to me and as I played on in prep school and then college, I can still see in my mind my parents and those of my teammates cheering us on. I hope they are still cheering on the kids today because it is the most important thing you can contribute to your son or in my case daughter. If Medfield has that commitment from the parents they will be successful.
One last thing I was once asked who was the toughest person I ever knew in football during high school. With out even stopping to think of all the great players, it was your friend and mine Kevin Burr. Kevin never got the headlines and in fact really did not play much. But he had the task of running the opponents plays in practice to help us learn their tendencies and help his team win. I remember time and again picking him up off the ground with him looking out his ear hole in his helmet. He used to say to me “nice hit” and struggle back to the huddle. He never complained, he just worked to help the team. Boy do I admire him. Also I want to mention another person I really admired, Coach Lee DeSorgher, Medfield’s “Mr. Hockey,” who meant so much too so many of us and who helped to keep most of us straight and out of trouble, as well as winning a lot of hockey games for Medfield High School.
Medfield High School Abolished
by Richard DeSorgher
From 1870, when Medfield High School was officially established, to the building of the Hannah Adams Pfaff High School on the corner of North and Dale Streets in 1927, Medfield High School was located on the site of 25 Pleasant Street, with the lot extending back to Miller Street. First called the Centre School, in 1897 it was named the Ralph Wheelock School. It would later burn down in 1940. In 1899, the School Committee, under pressure to save expense to the town and facing overcrowded conditions, changed the high school to a two-year high school, with the students being sent to Walpole and Dedham High Schools for their junior and senior years. It stayed that way until 1903 when the School Committee recommended that the high school be closed all together, having legal permission to do so under the “High School Law of 1902.” The School Committee said they were not happy at that time of abolishing the high school and would “hail with pleasure” to reopen the school but felt that lack of room at the Wheelock School would prevent such an event. The Superintendent of Schools at that time was Abner Badger and he actually agreed with the closing saying the Medfield students would have “the advantages of a first class high school at a much less expense to the town.” Medfield High School was abolished and fourteen students were sent to Dedham High School and twelve to Walpole High. Each morning students with their dime, provided by the town, boarded the train at the station on Park Street and rode to school.
In 1904, it was said due in part to town pride, town meeting voted to re-establish part of the high school. The town returned to a two-year high school with the first two years at the Wheelock School and the final junior and senior years continuing at Dedham and Walpole High Schools.
To complete the story, in 1906 a third year of high school was added and in 1907, despite being rejected by voters at Town Meeting, the Medfield School Committee went ahead and used existing funds to introduce the full four-year high school. A total of forty-three pupils attended, the largest to date in the history of Medfield High School. In 1908, the first high school graduating exercise since June 1899 was held in Town Hall, with eight seniors graduating.
The School Committee reports record that patriotism, town and civic pride, and good manners and good morals were important traits to be instilled in the students by the high school. The Washburn Catechism, a history of Medfield, was studied by the students from 1901-1908. Town Meeting records show Medfield voters to be frugal when voting on the school budget. They were willing to pay for basic education but apparently nothing above and beyond that point. It was also pointed out by the superintendent that Medfield teachers were underpaid in comparison to the state’s average or that of surrounding towns, and he added that this was probably the cause of the large turnover in teaching personnel in town.
Medfield High School would never again close. The 43 total high school enrollment of 1907 would grow to over 900 today. MHS would also become a school recognized nationally as a Blue Ribbon School, whose test scores are among the highest in the state and a school who sends over 96% of its students to some of the best colleges and universities in the country.