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Property Name Highland School
Reference Number 14000063
State Massachusetts
County Suffolk
Town Winthrop
Street Address 36 Grovers Avenue
Multiple Property Submission Name N/A
Status Listed 3/18/2014
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Dedicated in March 1921 as the Highland School, the building served the town of Winthrop as a public elementary school until it was closed in 2004. An intact and good example of a Classical Revival-style neighborhood elementary school, it possesses integrity of location, design, setting, materials, workmanship, feeling, and association. It meets National Register criteria A and C with a local level of significance. The period of significance extends from its opening in 1921 to 1963, which is the standard 50-year cutoff established by the National Park Service to allow adequate time for the significance of a property to be considered in an objective historical context. At the close of the period of significance, the Highland School was still operating as a neighborhood school serving all elementary grades in the Winthrop Highlands neighborhood. At present, the Highland School is one of three that remain of nine public schools constructed by the town between 1881 and 1924. None of the three is currently being used as a school.

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