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Boston Public Schools Historical Research: What's in a Name?

This guide provides resources and strategies for researching the history of the Boston Public School system, individual schools and guidance on finding high school yearbooks.

BPS History

Home - General histories of the Boston Public School system and individual schools

Busing Crisis - The most controversial era for the Boston Public Schools

Official Records - Available from the Boston Public Library or the Boston Public School Department

Schools - Researching specific school names, school buildings and images

Yearbooks - Finding yearbooks for specific schools

What's in a Name?

Ever wonder who the Snowden in Snowden International School was?  Or why the Hennigan school is named after James W. Hennigan?  The history of naming Boston public schools is as rich and varied as the history of the schools.  Try the sources below for the school name that intrigues you.

For some of the recently-named schools, you may need to try more current proceedings of the School Committee or the Boston City Council and/or local newspapers.