Old Northampton High School, Northampton Mass

The old Northampton High School building, at the corner of Main and New South Streets, between 1900 and 1906. Image courtesy of the Library of Congress, Detroit Publishing Company Collection.


The building in 2014:


This building served as Northampton’s high school from 1895 until 1940, and while it looks the same in both photos, it was gutted in a 1914 fire, leaving only the exterior walls.  The interior was rebuilt, and later served as an elementary school before being converted into condominiums.

8 thoughts on “Old Northampton High School, Northampton Mass”

  1. what ever happened to the 1940 high school book looking for sullivan high school band
    members of that year and have a picture of them standing in front of the old high school.


  2. The DA Sullivan building was never an elementary school. It was next to an elementary school, Hawley Grammar, and in my day (70s) the two buildings made up Hawley Jr High. Not a lot of fun crossing between the 2 buildings in winter. It closed in 1981 after proposition 2 1/2.
    Come to think of it, it did have the 6th grade for South St. School (elementary) and the AT program, when the Jr. high was grades 7-9.

  3. D.A. Sullivan from kindergarten until 6th grade. 2nd grade 1963 sent home after Kennedy was shot and found mom ironing and crying. After graduating 6th went on to Hawley Jr. High. 7th thru 9th. Then off toNorthampton high graduating 1974.

  4. Forced from Vernon Street School in fall of 1957, school population inching upwards from when first grade had almost a whole row of bolt-downs free in 1951 – we were warned we’d have to go to Hawley for 8th grade. And shock it was, vice-principal on the prowl for strays without a pass, the slamming of doors and general yelling. A timid member of “the Elm Street” crowd, I never once stepped into the basement cafeteria, and am glad for it.

  5. Hello:
    I have found 3 yearbooks dated 1972, 1976 and 1978 from a school named Hawley High School. I have been able to determine that the school existed somewhere in Western MA but I have not been able to locate the town where the school. Perhaps, Northampton? Any idea where this school might have been?
    Thanks for your help,
    Joe Green


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