In Nov. 2010, Principal Michael Welch comes up with a few ideas on how to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the merger of Framingham North and Framingham South. His wife Karolyn and Meryl Hickey agree to take on the project.
While conducting researching at the , the two discovered that Roni Cronin had already produced a television show on the history of the Framingham Public Schools. The two then met with Cronin, who was a 1959 graduate of Framingham High and taught at the former Juniper Hill Elementary School for 37 years.
based on what they had learned, the 20th Merger Committee agreed to raise funds and install a historical timeline of the Framingham Public Schools at the high school.
On Saturday, the 40-foot timeline, designed by graphic designer Lisa Rosowsky, was unveiled to the public.
, located in Framingham, printed the timeline, which was funded in part by and the Framingham High School Foundation. No taxpayer dollars were used in the project, said Welch.
The timeline shows the start of the Framingham Public Schools in 1852, with high schools in Saxonville and at the , all the way through 2011.
There is also historical tidbits and population charts within the timeline.
* Did you know that in 1975, Framingham had two high schools, four middle schools and 14 elementary schools?
* Did you know that when Framingham North opened its doors in 1963, it was the most expensive public high school building in Massachusetts?
* Did you know that presently, Framingham High is the fifth largest high school in the Bay State, with more than 2,100 students?
Members of the 20th Merger Committee included Welch, his wife Karolyn, Hockey, Joseph Antonioli, Beverly Hugo, Jon Kanavich, Josie Kealty, Cathy Miles, Erin Powers and Elizabeth Sower.
The public also was treated to refreshments and a chance to view memorabilia and yearbooks.