Last updated: May 9, 2018
- 88-90 Tyler Street, Boston, Massachusetts
- Architecture, Education, Asian American, Social History
- Listed in the National Register of Historic Places (ref# 100001458)
- OPEN TO PUBLIC:
The history of the school is closely associated with the story of immigrants in Boston, with the majority of students born outside of the United States from its opening well into the 20th century. The first Chinese students arrived in the 1890s. The school's population remained a mix of nationalities, but changed significantly in the 1940s, when the growing number of Chinese families in Chinatown spread south across Kneeland Street and their children enrolled in the Quincy School. By the time it closed in 1976, more than 90% of the school's population was Chinese American. The Quincy School played a pivotal role in the education of Boston's largest Chinese enclave, as well as teaching English as a second language and other acculturation skills during a period when large numbers of new Chinese families were arriving in Chinatown. And even though the old school closed in 1976, with students transferring to the new Josiah Quincy Elementary School only a few blocks away, it found renewed life in 1983 when the city conveyed it to the Chinese Consolidated Benevolent Association of New England, a vitally important community organization, composed of numerous smaller charitable and cultural Chinese groups, that operates a multifaceted program in the building. This significant era of preserving and presenting Chinese culture for the benefit of Boston's Chinese-American community has continued strongly into the present.