Fitchburg High School

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Date: 1937
Location: Fitchburg, Massachusettsmap
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Categories: Fitchburg, Massachusetts | Massachusetts High Schools.

The first Fitchburg High School building was built in the city of Fitchburg, Massachusetts in 1830. A new building was erected in 1869. In 1895, a still larger Fitchburg High School was built.

Wallace Way, the stairs leading up the school, was presented to the city by Hon. Rodney Wallace. (Wallace also donated the Wallace Library and Art building, as well as the Ingalls Memorial Library to the town of Rindge, NH, and the Wallace House at Smith College.)

In 1937, a new Fitchburg High School was built on the same site, Academy Street, at the top of the Wallace Way steps. This new school building was considered significant enough to merit write-ups in national magazines.

In the late 1990s, Fitchburg finally outgrew the building on Academy Street. They invested 38 million dollars in a new 235,000 square foot high school on Ashby State Road. It opened in the fall of 2000.

The older high school became Academy Middle School. The old middle school located next to it, B.F. Brown, seems to have become some sort of magnet school (is this right?).

The FHS football rivalry with Leominster High School — embodied by the annual Thanksgiving "Turkey Bowl" — is one of the oldest in the country. In 2008 they met for the 103rd Thanksgiving and the 125th time overall.

See the Fitchburg High Alumni Association website.


FHS Holdings at the Fitchburg Historical Society

Here are a few of the holdings related to the high school at the historical society:

1897 Yearbook 1999 plan for new high school Box of negatives from 1900-1950 1937 Pamphlet about new high school

FHS Graduates

Here are some of the graduates of FHS.


Edward B. Whitten


Dorothy (Whitten) Johnson


Joyce (Whitten) Kansanniva


Beatrice (Whitten) Laserte


Ted Whitten

Chris Cucciara

Sue (Thomas) Cucciara


Class of 1989 note: 20 year reunion on Friday, November 27, 2009. Please e-mail tamra.bates (--at--) right away.

Fe Fandreyer

Derek King

Chris Whitten


Fitchburg in January 1989 - Some brief glimpses of Fitchburg, Mass in 1989, and a few of its schools.

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Graduation from F.H.S.
Graduation from F.H.S.

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Red Raider

1895 Fitchburg High School
1895 Fitchburg High School

1895 Fitchburg High School
1895 Fitchburg High School

1895 Fitchburg High School
1895 Fitchburg High School

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On 20 Apr 2018 at 15:19 GMT Joan (Dickinson) Soo wrote:

Is this an example of a free-space page?

On 4 Nov 2015 at 01:31 GMT William Spencer II wrote:

In 1959 my wife and I lived in an upstairs apartment behind the school and across the street while I served as an instructor at the ASA School at Fort Devens, Mass. and our son was born in the Ayer Hospital on November 4, 1957. WTS II