The Original Bell: Class D, Mr. D and Me

During the era of the Lower School, the seventh grade (now the First Form) was called Class D. Befitting the most senior class in the Lower School, its members were the only students permitted to use the main steps to the new building, which opened in February 1946,...

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Spike Downes, faculty original

In the fall of 1950, the first alumni sons entered the School: Bill Elwell ‘54, son of William P. Elwell ‘27, in Form II and yours truly in grade 5. By then, there remained only three teachers who had served under Dr. Howe: Finch Keller, Charlie Jenney and Angelo...

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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...

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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.

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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.

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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...

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