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South High School, shown in the first postcard, was built on Richards Street in 1901 for $180,000 (1901 dollars). Being three stories high, it only had 23 classrooms.
That is definately the old building for Commerce High School. Every graduating class had a picture taken all lined up on the steps. This building was torn down and Paul Revere Insurance expanded. There was also a building across the street that was the Commerce High new building which is now a part of Paul Revere Insurance now know as UNUM/Provident.
Doug Hannam - Report this comment
Corner of Elm and Walnut St......Commerce. Corner of Irving and Chatham Sts......Classical.
Richard Mannix - Report this comment
The picture of South High is a very early photo taken long before the new building was added which included a gym and many large classrooms. I graduated from South High (now Sullivan Middle School)in 1948. My father graduated from the same building in 1924. What a wonderful institution to call "My High School".
Philip Norcross Gross - Report this comment
The building you show as Worcester High School on Elm Street is pictured in my Grandfathers original Certificate of Graduation dated 29 June 1886 for the Classical and English High School.
Michael Sokolowski - Report this comment
The building that was at Elm & Walnut was designed by the great H. H. Richardson. Later he did Trinity Church in Boston, which is across from the Boston Public Library at Copley Sq. I believe it was orignally Classical High, until the other building (at Irving & Chatham, which still stands, and has been for many years the administrative offices for the school system) was built. The Richardson become Commerce High (or apart of Commerce High). The other one took the Classical name. That Richardson building -- which today would be a true architectural gem -- was razed in 1966.
Ron Stewart - Report this comment
Commerce High was actually on the corner of Maple Terrace and Walnut St. Unless the name was changed in earlier years. I used to live right behind the "new" Commerce High building on Sudbury St. during the 40's.
Al Monfreda - Report this comment
I was in the last graduating class of Commerce High in 1966. I remember having the whole class standing on those steps for a class picture for our year book.
jon rourke - Report this comment
I walked through the old Clasical High lobby a few years ago, maybe 1997. The lobby still held relief maps of the world from the original days, I recall them as dated pre-WW 1. I was amazed that they had not been removed or otherwise damaged.
Will (Billy Sturtevant) Marengo - Report this comment
My mother - Patricia Power - graduated from Worcester H.S. In a later life, wasn't the building the offices of the Worcerster School Department?
Amanda DiCarlo - Report this comment
I have a very old yearbook of Worcester High School of Commerce. It is from 1933.
mel zaharopoulos - Report this comment
What ever happened to Doherty Memorial High School? I grew up in Worcester, now live in Florida. Miss that good ol'town.
R Zubowich - Report this comment
I attended South High after 4 years at Boy's Trade School in order to bolster up my missing 2 years of accedenics at Boy's Trade.I loved South High and am sad that South High and Classical Hugh Etc are gone now. I miss South High. Great School. Nice to see yor photo.
Al Warhurst- December 05, 2007 - Report this comment
I to went to South High back in the earily fifties, Had a great French teacher MISS ORR.She is the only teacher that stick's in my mine
hank s.- December 30, 2007 - Report this comment
i graduated from boys trade in 1958. lots of fun back in those days. remember cooney; murray;lambert and donaher. the electric dept.was where i was. i graduated and then retired after 30 years from the post office in lancaster ma.
Martie Abeles-Young- January 30, 2008 - Report this comment
I was part of the second graduating class from Doherty High School in 1968. Classmates were culled from North, South, Classical, Commerce and Burncoat Highs. We are currently getting ready for our 40th reunion and people should get in touch with me through Classmates.com. We weren't together very long but it was still a fun time!
jim sadowski- January 12, 2009 - Report this comment
The Classical and English High School (aka: Commerce) Walnut street was dedicated December 30, 1871. Torn down circa 1980? Now a parking lot. The New English High School (aka: Classical) is Corner of Irving and Chatham streets. Opened September 1892, last classes circa 1966? My High school graduating 1962.
Dwight Wolczak- May 04, 2009 - Report this comment
My 95 year old father is a graduate of the Worcester High School of Commerce class of 1932 or 1933. Does anyone have a photo of either him or the school...I could show him?
Renate D'Arcangelo- May 07, 2009 - Report this comment
I am looking for Bertram Moffatt, who graduated from South High in 1931. He was captain on the Basketball team. Anybody out there who has any information, please contact me. I am looking for any information for his son Bertram, any pictures, any articles. Thank you.
Pete Boisvert- July 01, 2009 - Report this comment
Anyone know anything about what Worcester High School would have had a Football team ca1880? The team picture shows that side doors of the building were doubled and wooden, and there were four steps on a pyramidal riser to the sidewalk, possibly on a slight slope...
Pete Boisvert- July 31, 2009 - Report this comment
Please share your picture of a Worcester "football team circa 1880's". I'm shooting from the hip but football and it's dates, football wasn't untill circa 1900's. if you care to send emil use jim28518@yahoo.com
jim sadowski- January 27, 2010 - Report this comment
A bit of trivia regarding high schools of Worcester. The hurricane of 1938 took of the tower of Classical high school and no students for a year +/-. Commerce high had a fountain in front of it and it iced over in the winter, so Worcester government turned it off. But in the warm spring months it wasn't turned back on. North High School was also known as the agricultural high school, it was a/an addition to the Salisbury street school and had classes at the Sycamore street school circa 1914, while the building additions were being built. The Sycamore street school was also called the "Continued education school", circa 1914. WOW the internet, I'm in Dixie but from Worcester since 1970, but remember the Great City well.
Marjorie Fleming- January 31, 2010 - Report this comment
Looking for as 1940 Commerce High Yearbook. Can anyone help me?
Earl Dunn- March 19, 2010 - Report this comment
I was a member of the graduating class of 1944 but was unable to attend the graduation ceremony as I had enlisted in the U.S. Navy after the semester ended in February 1944. I was on active duty at the time of graduation and later received my diploma. Wonder how many of my classmates are still around. I now live in California and Oregon and would like to hear from any fellow classmates.
Yvette Porter Moore- June 04, 2010 - Report this comment
@Dwight Wolczak, Doherty Memorial H.S. has all the old records and year books for Commerce High School. I am requesting a picture of my Great Uncle who graduated in 1924 from Commerce. I called the Worcester School District and was given the info. To make a request you will need to address the letter to Att: Guidance Office, Doherty Memorial H.S., 299 Highland Street, worcester, MA 01602 and in the letter tell them what you want, Names, your contact, email and let them know years in attendance, date of Birth and anything that would help them to get the pictures, records, etc. Hope that helps.
Yvette Porter Moore- June 04, 2010 - Report this comment
Anyone needing year books and records from Commerce High school: make a request you will need to address the letter to Att: Guidance Office, Doherty Memorial H.S., 299 Highland Street, worcester, MA 01602 and in the letter tell them what you want, Names, your contact, email and let them know years in attendance, date of Birth and anything that would help them to get the pictures, records, etc. Hope that helps.
Dennis Bishop- November 06, 2010 - Report this comment
Class of 1969 Doherty High School; I have maintained a class web site that comes up on a google search as; Class of 1969 - Doherty High School; Worcester Mass. If someone told me back then I'd become the ex-Officio Historian of the Class, I'd ask them what have they been drinking! But since 2000 I have maintained it over the years and it has all sorts of stuff (good, bad & ugly) through-out all the pages. Stop by and say hello.
Cate- November 08, 2010 - Report this comment
@ Marjorie - there is a 1940 Commerce High School yearbook currently available on E-bay.
Laurie Goyette King- February 21, 2011 - Report this comment
I am trying to find a Commerce High 1961 yearbook. please let me know
sharon goyette fisch- March 13, 2011 - Report this comment
looking for Laurie Goyette King, please look me up on facebook.
Patricia Glennon- April 19, 2011 - Report this comment
Does anyone have a 1931 yearbook for Commerce High School? My dad has passed away but never got to see his yearbook- would love to see a copy if it's around.
JIm Scanlon- June 02, 2011 - Report this comment
Class of '71 South High. "New Building" (Gym with parquett floor and classrooms over it) was built adjacent (to the right in this picture) during the New Deal (1930"s) possible the WPA?
John Goulet- September 12, 2011 - Report this comment
does anyone know how I could get records from Worcester Vocational School of the late '20s? My father attended it.
Joe Pellegrino- October 19, 2011 - Report this comment
Doe's anyone have a 1968 yearbook for Commerce?
Paul B.- November 15, 2011 - Report this comment
Does anyone have a 1947 Yearbook for Worcester Commerce HS?
mary vivlamore/baggatta- February 21, 2012 - Report this comment
does anyone have any pictures of camebridge st elementary in worcester, i remember i had a family member in every class in that school back in 1971-73 and in my class there was tree of us myself. my cousin , and a uncle and i was the oldest of those two and my brother who was a grade lower, all the rest of the classes had all my cousins lol
Robert Hakenson- April 27, 2012 - Report this comment
I am Looking for a yearbook for Class of 1981 Holy Name C.C.H.S. on Granite Street. The Alumni Assoc. has none can anyone help?
Rosa Polanco- May 07, 2012 - Report this comment
I have 1942 commerce , 1938 classical , and 1939 North rositapolanco4@hotmail.com
George Donatello- June 30, 2012 - Report this comment
Just looking around and found SHS as the Colonials...colors are black and something else...WHAAAA happened to our Colonels and Red and White? I played for South Football '59-63...God Bless Coach O'Neil!!!
Nancy Bonin- July 11, 2012 - Report this comment
Looking for relatives of A. Dogiel. I purchased a framed certificate which is 1925. But the twist is, I took off the back finding this big diploma saying he graduated in 1923 from Commerce High school. If this is your father or grandfather would you contact me with proof, you may have this back for your family. tiffanyb3@verizon.net
james launier- January 09, 2013 - Report this comment
SOUTH HIGH CLASS OF 64, COLORS WERE RED AND WHITE.HOW ABOUT 50TH REUNION IN 2014.EMAIL NURSEPEDDLER@YAHOO.COM
Joan Viscetto Burke- May 14, 2013 - Report this comment
Class of 1950 from Saint Stephen's High School Is there anyone left from my class?
Katie Lowe Ries- June 15, 2013 - Report this comment
My dad, Harry Lowe, was raised in Worcester. I believe that he graduated high school somewhere between 1932-1934 and then went to Worcester Polytech. Was there just 1 high school for the city then? Does anyone have yearbooks from 1928-34 that can be checked? Would the library have copies?Please reply to KLoweRies@gmail.com Thanks!
Don Latino- October 23, 2013 - Report this comment
Robert Goddard, the famous rocket scientist attended South High. I graduated in 1971 and I remember a glass case on the wall by the office that contained some of his school notebooks. I wonder what happened to them?
Ernie Dew- October 28, 2013 - Report this comment
Good times and good friends at the former Commerce High. I really enjoyed running track and, the girls there. I was in the class of '65 and have been to a few reunions. Saw some people I haven't seen in years- some look the same. Big fun! Some of us still get together for dinner and reminiscing about every 6 months or so. Always looking forward to it.
P. Wayne Nalbandian- October 06, 2014 - Report this comment
I attended Classical High School in its last year, 1965-66 and was a member of the graduating class at Doherty in 1967. It was an interesting school year to say to least with two schools merged into one and a new school searching for an identity.
Ed Lorusso- October 08, 2014 - Report this comment
9th grade was at Grafton St. JH, 10th grade Classical of 1965 was split between Classical and Commerce because of space issues. 11th grade was at Classical and 12th at Doherty 1967. We had no high school identity. Doherty opened in fall of 1966.
David Morocco- October 21, 2014 - Report this comment
I cannot find my North High year book from 1959.I attended North form 1955 to 1959.Does anyone know the football record for the years 1955,56,57,58?? Thanks
Dennis Bishop- October 26, 2014 - Report this comment
@patricia glennon Don't know if you found that yearbook but it says there is one available at this link; http://www.classmates.com/yearbooks/Commerce-High-School/96108
Nancy Senior- December 13, 2014 - Report this comment
We are looking for a photo of 1010 Main Street. Used as a school building for St. Peter's CCHS. Thank you.
Roz Glenn- August 07, 2015 - Report this comment
Anyone have a yearbook from the old Commerce High Class of 1934. Worcester Library collection is missing this one and I'd love to get a copy of any page with a picture of my father, who graduated then.
collette- September 15, 2015 - Report this comment
i have a yearbook from 1917, high school of commerce, old english high school. my dad graduated that year. if i decide to donate it, where should it go??? thank you.
DennisB- November 22, 2015 - Report this comment
Collette; the worcester public library has a yearbook donation section. copy and paste this link for further information; http://www.worcpublib.org/resources/yearbooks.htm
Meg Mulhern- February 24, 2016 - Report this comment
I am looking for all graduates of St. Peter's in Worcester Class of 1966. Please email me at mmulhern@intlceramics.com
Kay Fulford- November 02, 2016 - Report this comment
My aunt graduated from Worcester High School of Commerce on June 21, 1939. I have her Diploma and 1939 Caduceus yearbook. These two items came to me after she passed away about eight years ago. I am trying to find someone who would have a use for these two historical items. The yearbook has several student autographs. Please email me at ksf1210@flash.net
Maureen Davidson- November 07, 2016 - Report this comment
Looking for a 1947 or 1948 yearbook or senior class photo (with names listed) for St. Stephen's High School in Worcester, Mass. My email is funnymoe662003@yahoo.com. Thank you!
John Perrone- December 14, 2016 - Report this comment
If I'm not incorrect, Doherty Memorial High was opened in 1966, which was my last year of high school at Doherty.

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