When Mabel Slade Vickery opened Latin School's doors in 1888, she ushered in a new system of learning: the Quincy Method. The Quincy Method was progressive, child-centered approach to education introduced by Francis W. Parker. A less rigid and formal way of teaching, the Quincy Method arranged interrelated subjects around a central core and emphasized creative self-expression, socialized activities and hands-on learning.
Yearbooks & Archives
Latin yearbooks, from 1902-2013, including both the girls and boys school yearbooks. You can search by year, decade, name and even keyword. Want to print your yearbook at home? No problem - now you can!
On a crisp October morning, Archivist Teresa Sutter, Alumni Director Stephanie Chu and faculty alumna Ruth Hutton stood on a hilltop at the Lindenwood Cemetery in Stoneham, Massachusetts, looking out across the expanse of vibrant foliage, marveling at the serenity and beauty of Mabel Slade Vickery's final resting place.
Shout the phrase "Oh go, you Romans!" and today's Latin students will burst into the beloved "Fight Song," written by Mike Teolis in 1996. Throughout its 129-year history, Latin students have sung the school's praises to a variety of tunes and measures. Some of these songs, like the "Alma Mater" and "To Latin We Are True," are still sung today. But many, like "The Ivy Song," are all but a memory.
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This excerpt from Latin's newsletter, Pro tem, was written by Ingrid Dorer Fitzpatrick in January 1980.
While the pages of history are filled with the triumphs and achievements of man, they contain also a long record of human suffering. The 12 years of National Socialist rule in Germany are part of that record. More than 30 year after the end of World War II, the atrocities of the Nazi era still haunt us. Neither the news and film industries nor the world of scholarship and our consciences have let us forget. Never before had modern technology been put in service of such massive destruction conceived and carried out by a major modern state.
Latin has been publishing alumni class notes since 1902, when they first appeared in the Sigillum (the boys school yearbook). Much like today, alumni reported on their marriages, births, job placements, promotions and transfers. But, back-in-the-day, alumni also shared news of their athletic achievements, club memberships, travel adventures and even their illnesses.
Perhaps this selection of classic class notes will inspire you to pen your own in a classic style. Read the full article in the Summer 2017 edition of Latin Magazine.
A quest to find Mabel Slade Vickery's gravesite leads to a shocking revelation.
Unofficial Latin archivist Teresa Sutter details the search for Ms. Vickery's grave, and the startling discoveries along the way. Read the full article and see the photos in the Fall 2016 Latin Magazine.
When Latin parent Shashi Caudill was going through her father's papers, the last thing she expected to find was a mention of Latin School. Shashi's father, William (Bill), a prominent medical anthropologist, passed away when she was just 11 years old, and Shashi knew little about his youth. Read the full article and see the photos in the Spring 2016 Latin Magazine.
Latin's archives boast a rich array of candid photos that serve as a window to another era. Easily shared on social media, these images tend to take the archival center stage. But in this edition of Looking Back, we take some of our treasured artifacts and objects off the darkened storage shelves and give them a turn in the spotlight and a chance to tell their tales. Read the stories on pages 4 and 57 in the Fall 2015 edition of Latin Magazine.
When Latin moved into its first school building on Dvision Street, it boasted a gym, but no outdoor play lot or athletic fields. Mabel Slade Vickery firmly believed in the benefits of fresh air and insisted that students have ample time for outdoor recreation and sports. Read the full article and see the photos in the Spring 2015 Latin Magazine.
On Friday, September 12, Latin School commemorated Mabel Slade Vickery's birthday with cupcakes, classroom activities and dozens of creative selfies with (images of) Latin's esteemed founder. Read the full article in the Fall 2014 edition of Latin Magazine.
As we come to the end of Latin's 125th anniversary celebration, Our Stories. Our School, we leave you with our favorite stories from the '20s, culled from the archives. Read the full stories in the Spring 2014 Latin Magazine.
Chicago Latin School first opened its doors on a crisp and bright October morning in 1888. A group of 10 boys - all about 10 years old, some accompanied by their parents - met in the library of the home of Mr. and Mrs. Eliphalet Blatchford at 375 LaSalle Avenue to start the school year. Read the full article in the 125th Anniversary issue of Latin Magazine.
For 124 years, Latin has provided an outstanding education and nurturing environment for its students. While the Latin spirit has remained the same, the buildings themselves have come and gone, and evolved dramatically. Here, we take a look back at the places Latin students have called home over the years.
Do you remember where the boys school had study hall? What the playground at Scott Street looked like? See photos from the archives and read more about Latin's many homes in the Spring 2013 issue of Latin Magazine.
Every picture tells a story, and we need you to share yours. The vast majority of images in Latin's archives come from our yearbook collection. Candid, personal, photos, offer a unique glimpse into student life. The theme of Latin's 125th Anniversary is Our Stories, Our School. Now is the time to tell your story. Please share your memories by sending photos to the Alumni Office. Thank you! See some of the photos from the Archives in the Fall 2012 edition of Latin Magazine.
Latin's 125th Anniversary Celebration will take place during the 2013-2014 school year. In anticipation of this important milestone, the Alumni Office has begun archiving, studying and researching Latin's long and rich history. Telegrams, photos, yearbooks, letters and party invitation can be found in the archives, and all have a story to tell. Fascinating tidbits from the past include a summer class assignment to tame wild animals, historic yearbook photos, old newspaper clippings about Latin happenings and much more. See more photos in the Spring 2012 Latin Magazine.