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User: Middlesex School
Date of plate: 1939-1950s
Notes: From Wikipedia, "Middlesex School is a coeducational, non-sectarian, day and boarding independent secondary school for grades 9-12 located in Concord, Massachusetts, about 20 miles outside of Boston. It was founded as an all-boys school in 1901 by a Roxbury Latin School alumnus, Frederick Winsor, who headed the school until 1937."
According to the school's website, "Frederick Winsor wanted the school he founded … to be distinct from the boarding schools of the time, and from its beginnings, Middlesex School has occupied a unique place in the independent school landscape."
Again, from Wikipedia, "The school was named for the county Middlesex in which it stands. The campus was designed by the Olmsted Brothers architectural firm, and the firm Peabody and Stearns designed most of the main buildings. A recent addition is the Clay Centennial Center, completed in 2003, which hosts science and math classes as well as an observatory with an 18-inch research grade telescope. Most of the campus buildings are located around The Circle, a grassy field at the center of the school.
"Middlesex began admitting girls in 1974. The school is a member of the prestigious Independent School League and is one of five schools collectively known as St. Grottlesex. "
White body plate with red lines around the outer and inner edges of the border. At the top of the plate, in the center of the border between these two red lines is the school's logo in a matching red, which consists of a drawing of a shield containing a hammer over the top of an anvil. The shield is contained within a circle, which is also contained within a larger circle, containing the Latin words "Fides – Veritas – Labor" meaning "Faith – Truth – Labor." At the bottom of this outer circle is the date 1901, in which the school was founded.
ID and plate photos: Martine Canfield