Created By: University of Massachusetts Boston
Most children in the Columbia Point attended the Russell, which was a far walk from the Housing Development. In 1957, the Paul A. Dever was built. In 1965, the John W. McCormack Middle School was built. Both schools were located across the street from the Columbia Point Housing Development.
How did Columbia Point residents advocate for the opening of this school? Is Dever a ‘neighborhood’ school? Is the McCormack? Should they be?
Read this article from the Bay State Banner about the troubled history of state takeover of schools, which includes the Dever: https://www.baystatebanner.com/2020/02/24/state-has-checkered-history-of-school-takeovers/
Read this article from Schoolyard News on student and teacher testimony about a controversial plan to build a Boys and Girls Club Field House on the site of the McCormack's playground. https://medium.com/@schoolyardnews/mccormack-students-and-staff-blast-plans-to-build-on-their-athletic-fields-745d3462d53c
This point of interest is part of the tour: Columbia Point Walking Tour