Norwood’s school population edged near the 5000 mark today as classes resumed following the summer vacation.

The public schools reported a first-day registration of 3800 pupils, which Included the kindergarten enrollment although these classes do not begin until Monday. St. Catherine’s Parochial School counted 1074 students.

Today’s public school enrollment stood at 281 more than the first day of school last year. In 1955 the opening of school was delayed until September 19 when all classes reported, kindergarten through high school.

There were 61 more students at the Senior High School than there were on opening day last year, while the Junior High School had 87 more. The Peabody School remained the same.

School authorities pointed out that enrollments are expected to increase after the first few days with some families not yet returned from vacations. In addition, some children were absent because of the Jewish holidays.

The Junior High School Elementary Unit showed a drop of 55 from last year because two rooms were eliminated.

The public school breakdown follows:

Firstday enrollment at St. Catherine’s Parochial School was 1074, which was about 100 more than last year. Today’s total Included 522 boys and 552 girls.
St. Catherine’s reported no serious overcrowding problem, but this was due only to the fact that it was necessary to reject 25 first graders who had sought to enroll this year.

St. Catherine’s now has 200 pupils in the four first-grade classes. The school has three classes In each of the other grades up to the fifth, and the others have two each. Thus it is apparent that St. Catherine’s will face serious overcrowding conditions in the years to come.

Related:  Sgt Richard E. Tisdale Wounded at Verdun Now Recovering in England-This Day in Norwood History-December 11, 1944

The parochial school year, which is timed to coincide with the opening of the public schools, began with the children attending mass at 9 o’clock at the church celebrated by the Rev. William C. Carroll.



The Norwood Athletic Club Lost Only Four Games in Nine Years-This Day In Norwood History-November 18, 1939

georgenhsNov 17, 20236 min read

Norwoodites still remember the 1907 Thanksgiving Day Conspiracy, engineered by Harry Corbett, organizer and president of the old Norwood Athletic Club, now a member of the Norwood police force. There are many who saw Phil Schlossberg, later famous for his…


This Day In Norwood History

georgenhsOct 16, 20231 min read

Everybody Can’t Be a Good Cheer Leader —Yellpers Have to be Born (They Say)-This Day in Norwood History-October 8, 1940

georgenhsOct 8, 20235 min read

Here is the group that keeps the students active at the football games: left to right they are; Robert Pike, Helen Zuke, Margaret Davol, Capt. Kay Meissner, Dot Pendergast, Louise Gustafson, Shane Boulis Everybody can’t be a cheerleader. It seems…

Related:  This Day in Norwood History-June 14, 1946-Parked Couple Flee Masked Bandits At Willett Pond

Northrop Opens Plant in Norwood-This Day in Norwood History-October 8, 1976

georgenhsOct 8, 20232 min read

While Gov. Dukakis listens, Thomas 0. Paine, president and chief operations of new Norwood plant of firm’s Precision Products Department. At right, officer of Northrop Corp., speaks (left) to audience at yesterday’s dedication officials unveil plaque at entrance to building.…


Msgr. Minihan Greeted By Over 3000 On Return Home-This Day In Norwood History-October 8, 1948

georgenhsOct 8, 20233 min read

St. Catherine’s Pastor Is Given New Automobile By Parishioners PASTOR WELCOMED HOME — This photo, taken from a window of St. Catherine’s Rectory, shows only a part of the crowd estimated by police at about 3000 who turned out Saturday…

Leave a Reply

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.