Timeline of Madison Park High School

Students in an electrical wiring class were at work at Madison Park.
Students in an electrical wiring class were at work at Madison Park. Joanne Rathe/Globe staff/Globe Staff

Key moments in history of Madison Park High School

November 1966 – Madison Park complex plans unveiled; called “salvation” of Boston school system.

September 1977 – After years of delays, Madison Park opens.

September 1980 – Humphrey Occupational Resource Center opens.

May 1986 – School Committee votes to merge Madison Park and Humphrey Center, citing low enrollment.

June 1988 – State says Madison Park should become an independent vocational school system

March 1989 – Madison Park placed on probation.

December 1990 – State votes to end eight of 26 programs, including automotive mechanics, plumbing, and electrical instruction.

June 1991 – State withdraws plans to end programs, citing improvements.


January 1992 – Mayor Flynn unveils proposal to grant Madison Park independence.

May 27, 1992 – Student protest erupts over Flynn’s plan, disrupting news conference. NAACP president and School Committee chairman clash.

May 1996 – Globe editorial praises improvements at Madison Park.

August 2000 – Parents stage three-day sit-in over the appointment of Chuck McAfee as headmaster.

January 2012Mayor Menino launches effort to overhaul Madison Park.

May 2012 – Teachers approve plan to turn Madison Park into an innovation school.

August/September 2012 – Turnaround hits glitch; last-minute hiring of key administrators, including acting headmaster.

February 2013Acting headmaster placed on leave, amid federal probe. Students protest.

Fall 2013 – Controversy ensues over appointing Diane Ross Gary as headmaster

March 2014 – Overhaul flagging, city appoints intervention team.

June 2014 – Intervention team issues recommendations, including ousting headmaster and creating an independent school.

August 2014 – Madison Park races to hire nearly 60 teachers and administrators.

Sept. 4School opens with no schedules for students and teachers.

Sept. 13Headmaster resigns.

Sept. 19 – State says it might declare Madison Park “underperforming,’’ citing low MCAS scores


SOURCE: Globe archives

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