By: Isabella Scopetski
The Arlington High School classes of 1951, 1954, 1960, and 1967 recently had a reunion in the Villages in Florida of about 40-50 Arlington High alumni. The reunion was organized by Ms. Nancy Price, who was a proud member of the class of 1954 at Arlington High School. “I thought I was going to be the oldest,” she said.
Price grew up in Arlington and went to the Junior High West for middle school and the Locke School for primary education. She lived on Paul Revere Road and Newland Road during her childhood and took the trolley to the Arlington High School because there was no other public transportation.
During Price’s high school years, Raymond Morrill was principal. Teachers included: Mrs. Brown, Mrs. Dow, Mr. Charles Downs, Mrs. Forsyth, George Fusco, Mrs. Kelly, Mr. Kroll, Mrs. Manning, Mrs. Mathews, Mr. Petratrala, Ann Willard, Mr. Toner, and Mary Thompson. Price said she had “Frank Kotchin [for drivers ed]… and the yearbook was dedicated to Doc McCarthy [the track coach]”.
Many people who live in Arlington have lived here for generations. Nancy Price said, “My mother and aunt graduated from Arlington High in 1930 and 1932.” After Price was born in the Walnut Street hospital, which she believes was just a house, her family built their life in Arlington Massachusetts. Price said, “My father owned a taxi cab business in Arlington Center by the drug store, and my Mother worked at the Regent Theater.”
During her junior year at AHS, Price was a “drum majorette” in the school marching band. She was the female leader of the band who lead the group with her twirling baton.
Price recalled, “Polio was bad in the 1950s and one of our friends came down with Polio.” She described him as an “iron lung”. Price could only visit her ill family friend if she “wore a long gown and didn’t stay too long”. The family friend recovered for a short time until the Polio returned, causing the friend to take his life.
Like many high schoolers, Price endured the troubles of her teenage years, while proudly attending and thriving at her high school. Price encourages the students at Arlington High School today to “enjoy your school; it is one of the best”. She adds, “Have fun, work hard, and go to college!”
“We cheer today the red and gray. We know our boys will shine,” says Price, recalling what once was the Arlington High school cheer.