1931-2008 North Quincy High School Yearbooks – The Manet

1932 North Quincy High School Yearbook
1932 North Quincy High School Yearbook

The Thomas Crane Public Library in Quincy Massachusetts has digitized their copies of the North Quincy High School yearbooks for the years of 1931 through 2008 and placed them online for free reading and download. Their collection spans the years of 1931 through 2008 but does not contain a complete run of all volumes. The publication of a High School yearbook for the North Quincy High School started in 1928 and the first four volumes are also missing from the collection at the Thomas Crane Public Library.

The early yearbooks (1928-1937) were largely comprised of literary works from the students with a few grade photographs of all students in the grade along with their names. Unfortunately the list of names attaching the 1932 photographs were not done in seated order, but alphabetical order. It’ll be up to you to determine which is the ancestor you are looking for. Hopefully you have some photo to match up to already. Also included in the earlier editions were “news clippings” written by the students about various activities on the High School campus over the prior year. I included a sample article below about the activities of the civics class in 1932 as it peripherally pertains to genealogical interests.

In some years the students published two different versions of the yearbook, one in Winter the other in Summer. In 1938 the yearbook design changed and photographs of the individual students began to appear!

Children of the Melting Pot

The civics classes that have Miss Warren for an instructor have been doing a very excellent piece of work in connection with immigration. The classes discussed common terms pertaining to immigration. They made some very neat and artistic time lines. These are the charts that show the nationality of the people who were admitted during certain periods of time. The laws that restrict immigration and exclude certain races were studied. There were some very important graphs showing the rise and fall of immigration from 1820-1930 due to these laws and other causes.

The process of naturalization was discussed and dramatized. Pupils gave talks to imaginary groups of aliens explaining the advantages of becoming an American citizen. Both the problems which immigration brings and the contributions made to the United States by different races were studied.

There were some very good graphs showing the number of foreign born people in Quincy now. The eight races with the largest representation in Quincy now are; Canadians, Italians, Scotch, Irish, English, Swedish, Finnish and Russians.

Most of this material was collected in the form of notebooks. They contained all of the graphs, all the special reports and assignments, pictures, handbooks for immigrants, newspaper and magazine clippings about the subject, citizenship blank and many original drawings. There were many very unusual notebooks. Most of the pupils were amazed at many of the statistics presented. If any of my readers are interested in the subject there is much excellent material in all of the public or school libraries.

Helen Vandeleur



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