Jim Mason sent this treasure trove of letters and brochures – an amazing collection. Jim's mom set aside virtually everything related to the early days of Xavier. Grace Mason was a rock-star in the Pantheon of savers!
Click on any of the headings to see the file:
The original Xavier brochure
This brochure appears to have been published before the school had opened.
A revised Xavier brochure
Judging from the photos, this version must to have been created a couple of years later.
These were sent out May 25, 1962. Reading through these documents, I'm really struck by 1962 prices. Registration was just $10.00!
This article from the Boston Globe is undated, but these scholarships were probably announced as the acceptance letters were going out.
Dated June 18, 1962. This letter includes our summer reading list.
Dated July 19, 1962.
Sent in August 1962, this letter includes an invitation to an open house.
Welcome to Xavier
A copy of the handout for the Open House held Sunday, Aug 26, 1962.
Academic Calendar 1962/1963
Invitation to the Dedication
Cardinal Cushing blessed and dedicated the school on Sep 10, 1962.
Program from the day of the Dedication
A letter from Fr. Vigneau inviting our parents to visit the school on Thursday, October 4, 1962. There's mention of an upcoming aptitude test, (with a fee of $1.00!) It's interesting to note from his comments that even 50 years ago the value of testing was controversial.
A letter from Fr. Vigneau explaining the policy for cancelling school on snow days, as well as making some miscellaneous announcements. This letter also included our results from the "Academic Promise Test" mentioned above.
Firm but fair.
Letter to Parents, April 1963
Fr. Vigneau explains the academic options for our sophomore year, and announces the upcoming Father/Son night. Check out the 1963 prices. An evening including activities, dinner, a movie and a guest speaker from the Boston Patriots – $1.50.
New bus company, May 1963
Apparently the previous year's arrangements hadn't been satisfactory.
Xavier jackets – just $15.00!
Click on the link for ordering details. (Photos courtesy of Brian Dowd, and no, it doesn't fit him anymore.)
Boston Globe article about graduation
A brief article about the school and our graduation. It includes a nice profile of Mike McFarland.
Ticket to the Commencement Exercises
Wednesday, June 8, 1966
Scholarships awarded to the Class of 1966