Linda Snow McLoon



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Scarborough Historical Society

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This document tells the story of the beginnings of secondary education in Scarborough, Maine. It tracks its growth from humble beginnings, prompted by the state’s 1873 Free High School Law, to when it could boast its first school building dedicated to both high school and elementary classes, the White School. The document also shows its move to the building that became known as the Bessey School.

The historical society’s collection of ephemera contributed much helpful information, as did early pictures from their collections. Having access to the extensive private collection of Rodney Laughton made it possible to use his high school graduation programs, newspaper articles, and numerous school photographs. All of these materials allow us to expand our understanding of Scarborough’s early high school.

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Schools, High Schools, Historical,

A High School Comes to Scarborough


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