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Timeline of Madison Park High School

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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