Naming of Howe House

The Melvoin Building that now houses the Middle School replaced the Howe Building, which opened in the fall of 1957 but after a half century of service proved of a design and construction type that no longer permitted rehabilitation in a manner consistent with the...

Histories of Belmont Hill School

The School’s 50th anniversary witnessed publication of Roger Duncan’s The Story of Belmont Hill School, 1923-1973, cited in a prior post. On the 75th anniversary Harold Prenatt’s Belmont Hill School 1923-1998 appeared, contributing a significant photographic component to the story.

Memorial Edition of The Sextant

In the spring following Dr. Howe’s death, The Sextant published a memorial edition. A leather bound edition  signed by the boys in every class, the faculty and the trustees, plus some graduates, was then presented to Mrs. Howe.

Death of Dr. Howe

Ninety years ago today, January 28, 1932, Dr. Howe passed away in his residence, now Howe House, at Belmont Hill, two days after suffering a severe heart attack. Henry Sawyer, later a faculty member for over 50 years, was then in the senior class. As he recounted at...

Dr. Howe, the scientist

The work of founding Belmont Hill effectively brought to an end Dr. Howe’s work as a scientist and leading authority on dragonflies. Nonetheless, nearly a hundred years later, a controversy involving him as a principal over the naming of a dragonfly resurfaced: H....