Education: Massachusetts Yankee

Old Deacon Greenough of Deerfield, Mass, took one look at the new principal of the town's academy and snorted. The principal hardly looked big or bright enough to get along with his students. The deacon's neighbors agreed. "I saw the new principal this morning," said one. "He'll really never do."

But 23-year-old Frank Learoyd Boyden of Foxboro, Mass, did do. That fall of 1902, just out of Amherst himself, he took over the 103-year-old school, then partially town-supported, with its enrollment of 14 students. He taught every thing from Latin to math, coached athletics...

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