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Thousands of kids in the Indian Lake area of Worcester, MA attended West Boylston Street School. The building was demolished to make way for the Worcester Expressway, I-190 extension.
Many of the people who attended the school are still with us. Quite a few still live in the area. Others are scattered around the country and around the world.
A few of the many graduates recently met for lunch not far from where the school once stood. We began talking about the school and decided we’d try to reach out to other WBSS veterans.
This site is just the beginning. We want to gather the following,
- Names and email addresses of graduates
- Details on the history of the school, when it was built, etc.
We’ll set up the site to collect this information. Meanwhile, post any messages you’d like to contribute below. Please use your name so we know who we’ve located.
WT&G Article about WBSS
Then & Now: West Boylston Drive, Worcester
Worcester Telegram & Gazette, posted May 21, 2018 at 3:25 AM
Where a ramp to Interstate 190 now bisects the neighborhood, the West Boylston Street School once played a memorable part in hundreds of children’s lives.
Worcester in the late 19th century had thousands of families, with thousands of children to be educated. Around 1900, the city built West Boylston Street School, a solid brick elementary school for children through eighth grade, in northern Worcester (Northville and Greendale on maps from that ear). As the population expanded, more schools were built, and the school became a kindergarten through Grade 6 school, the way most of its students alive today remember it.
They also remember Eky’s, or Ekengren’s Market, the neighborhood store where they bought snacks and got to know the family. There was also Strand’s Ski Shop (still standing) as well as an A&P supermarket (long gone), a pizza shop and many other businesses that made up the landscape of their childhood.
In the 1970s, the school fell to the wrecking ball to make way for the highway.
This interstate “spur,” numbered 190, went 19 miles, from where West Boylston Street School once stood north to the Leominster-Fitchburg area, where it joined with Route 2.
And while that sounds like a good idea, many objected to this highway splitting the north Worcester neighborhood and passing through acres of pastoral beauty on its way to Fitchburg.
The street that led to the on-ramp was named West Boylston Drive, but to many that homage didn’t make up for the loss of their childhood memories.
– Melissa McKeon, Correspondent
THEN & NOW ARCHIVES
Memories of West Boylston Street School are from the school memory website westboylstonstreetschool.com.
Thanks to Leslie Munns for transcribing this article.