Category Archives: Medfield High School

MSH – Historic Preservation

Update from the Town of Medfield, Board of Selectmen
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The Chapel

Medfield State Hospital Redevelopment:

Historic Preservation

MEDFIELD, MA – Through various actions, Medfield has long prioritized preservation of the Medfield State Hospital buildings and campus layout. The Medfield State Hospital (MSH) was first listed in the National Register of Historic Places in 1994. At the time of listing the district encompassed 78 contributing resources and 8 noncontributing resources. The Hospital Farm Historic District was created by Town Meeting in 1994 and includes the buildings and the historic landscape surrounding the buildings north of Hospital Road, and established local review of the eventual reuse of the property long before the Hospital’s official closure in 2003.
According to the National Register Registration Form (page 6), the original or first-phase buildings (1896-1897) were designed in the Queen Anne style by Boston architect William Pitt Wentworth. They are unified by the repetition of materials and decorative motifs and are distinguished by individualized plans and massing. All are characterized by red-brick construction, granite foundations, slate roofs, heavily corbelled cornices, segmentally arched windows which typically contained 6/6 sash and transoms, red sandstone watertables and lintels, and decorative angled soldier courses connecting first-story window heads. Those facing the green are arranged in a complex mirror-image pattern.
Later buildings from the early 20th century (1898-1914 and later) are generally somewhat larger in scale and designed in a variety of Classical Revival styles. Nevertheless, they generally continue the original red-brick construction, but often substitute cast stone for natural stone trim. Several smaller-scale Craftsman-style cottages and a number of the support/agricultural buildings were added at this time as well. In some cases, the siting of these buildings maintains the complex mirror-image plan. Architects identified for these buildings include such noted Boston firms as Park & Kendall, Shepley, Rutan & Coolidge, and Winslow, Wetherell & Bigelow.
The Medfield State Hospital meets criteria A and C of the National Register of Historic Places and is significant on the local and state levels. As a whole, the buildings and landscapes of Medfield State Hospital retain a high degree of integrity and clearly reflect the period of significance from 1892 to 1940.


Trinity Financial’s proposal recognizes and seeks to preserve the historic buildings and layout. Trinity’s plan, as described in the proposal, seeks to substantially rehabilitate and preserve virtually all of the buildings to be sold by the Town, consistent with the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for Rehabilitation of Historic Properties. Trinity’s plans include utilization of federal and state historic tax credit resources in the financing structure, as well as a permitting process and schedule that includes participation with the Town of Medfield, Medfield Historic District Commission, the Medfield Historical Commission and the Massachusetts Historical Commission.
More public information meetings will be announced soon, but please mark your calendars for the upcoming events:

June 9 at 7 pm: Trinity Financial presentation; location TBD

June 18 at 9 am: Trinity Financial open office hours at the Medfield Town House – all are welcome 

For more information, please go to

Please use the form at this link to submit questions and comments  to the Medfield State Hospital Development Committee regarding Trinity Financial’s proposed redevelopment of the Medfield State Hospital.

Nicholas Milano, Assistant Town Administrator  781-856-5287

27th Annual Student Faculty Show – 4/7 opening reception

From Kate Jones, K-12 Art Department Chair, Medfield Public Schools –

For the twenty-seventh year, the Zullo Gallery, in collaboration with the K-12 Visual Arts faculty of the Medfield Public Schools, is hosting its Annual Student-Faculty Art Exhibit. The Zullo Gallery offers a fantastic opportunity for deserving student artwork to receive special notice by our community in a professional gallery setting. The show is designed to highlight student work and pieces are chosen as examples of student learning within the art curriculum. This year’s exhibit will be held from April 2nd through April 24th.

We are excited for the return of the in-person reception on April 7th from 5-7pm. Please join us to celebrate these artists with their art teachers.

The Zullo Gallery is also open every Saturday and Sunday from 12 noon until 5 PM. Over the course of the exhibit, the Zullo Gallery is typically visited by hundreds of viewers, enjoying the display of our wonderful student artwork.

MHS Clay Club raises $ for MFC

From Kate Jones, K-12 Art Department Chair, Medfield Public Schools –

Clay Club presents Empty Bowls, a collaborative community dinner of soup and bread to raise money for Medfield Food Cupboard. 

A $25  ticket bought in advance gets you dinner along with two pottery classes to create a bowl to eat dinner out of and bring home with you. 

No time to make your own bowl? Choose a handmade  bowl at dinner, fill it with delicious soup donated by local restaurants, and take your bowl home with you!

All ages welcome! 

Sign up here

Email Sara Higger at with any questions.

Friends of the MHS Theatre Society thankful for MFi Legacy Fund grant

From the Friends of the Medfield High School Theatre Society –

The replacement of the MHS auditorium cyclorama allows students to 
engineer complex lighting scenarios; offers those performing a more 
complex atmosphere in which to tell their stories; and enhances the 
visual quality of shows for Community members who attend 
performances. We are honored and grateful to be one of the 
recipients of the MFi's Legacy Fund grant. 
The Medfield Foundation Legacy Fund is a Professionally-managed endowment created to support community-driven projects. Volunteer-run and designed to complement the initiatives of Medfield organizations, the Medfield Foundation Legacy Fund raises funds from the community and makes grants to established non­profit organizations through a competitive process. For more information or to contribute to the Medfield Foundation Legacy Fund, please visit

MCAP interviewing MHS students

Medfield Cares About Prevention (MCAP) is currently seeking 10-12 high school-aged volunteers to participate in one-on-one interviews with the substance use prevention coordinator or another Medfield Outreach staff about substance use in Medfield.  Students will not be asked about their own personal substance use or behaviors, but only to reflect upon what they see in their community. All information gathered during these interviews will be anonymized (no one will know who said what). Furthermore, the information collected will serve to help our MCAP coalition design impactful prevention strategies. These interviews will take anywhere from 30 minutes to one hour and are available both in person or via Zoom. All interviews will take place during the first three weeks of November.

If interested, please fill out this google form. If the student is under 18 years old at the time of the interview, parent/guardian consent is required. Consent forms will be emailed after they fill out the google form.

Thank you so much for taking the time to read this email!



Meri Haas

Pronouns: She, Her, Hers (what’s this?)

Substance Use Prevention Coordinator, Medfield Outreach

Physical Address: 88R South Street

Mailing Address: 459 Main Street

Medfield, MA 02052

(508) 359-7121 x4

Medfield Mascot forum 5:30pm 7/30

From Anna Mae O’Shea Brooke –

Public Forum on Medfield Mascot on July 30 at 5:30pm

The Medfield School Committee invites all interested individuals to submit their comments regarding the continuing use of the Warrior LOGO to represent the Medfield Public Schools at a Public Forum on Thursday, July 30 at 5:30pm. School Committee members will review all submitted comments. In addition, please indicate on the form whether or not you would like to share your comment with the public via Zoom video participation at the meeting on July 30th.

The Committee will vote on the continuing usage of the Warrior logo at their scheduled meeting on Thursday, August 13 at 5:30pm


  1. The Committee will not accept or read comments submitted via the “chat” or “Q&A” feature during the Public Forum portion of the Committee’s regular meeting on July 30, 2020.
  2. Requests to video comment must be submitted by Thursday, July 30 at 8am and will be limited to 3 minutes.
  3. General comments will still be accepted and considered until Aug. 9, so that the School Committee may have time to consider all statements before the August 13, 2020 vote.

Public Forum Participation Form HERE


Girls Who Care fundraiser for MYO

From Jackie Alford and Kathy McDonald –

GWC.HS Photo

GWC Final Fundraiser in support of Medfield Youth Outreach!

The Girls Who Care service group (GWC) is a group of Medfield High School 2020 graduates who have been together since Kindergarten. They have completed approximately 50 service projects over the years and are excited to announce their final project! They have partnered with a fundraising company to offer a variety of items featuring a beautiful and unique logo designed by Medfield alumnus Rachel Tatro. To them, the logo represents the spirit of the MHS Class of 2020 along with the love and support they as a class have felt from the Medfield community during the unusual end to their time at MHS. They are selling these items to raise money for Medfield Youth Outreach, an organization that helps Medfield families in need access assistance and resources. Click on the link below to see almost 90 items that you can purchase with the logo on them. Great for graduation gifts, off-to-college gifts, or keepsakes! GWC will receive 35% of the proceeds for almost all of the items, and all money raised will be donated to Medfield Youth Outreach. All orders must be placed by July 3rd and will be delivered in time for MHS graduation on July 25th. Thank you for helping them give back to the Medfield community one last time before college! Click here to view the items and place your order.
gwc logo

DPW & the Rolling Rally

DPW sign

Kudos to the DPW

Last Sunday morning I biked the Rolling Rally route to see what the families would later see, and I bumped into Bobby Kennedy. Jr. leading two other DPW workers as they mowed and weed whacked the grass and weeds along the Rolling Rally route, all to make the event better for the MHS class of 2020 and their families.

It is the sort of thoughtful thing our DPW often does without fanfare, or request, around town, but about which the town should know – so we can truly and fully appreciate the value of our DPW.

Only when I ran Medfield Day did I learn that it was our DPW that swoops in en mass at the end of Medfield Day to clean up the mess that we residents left behind, such that by nightfall there is no sign of a street fair having happened.

MHS graduation guidelines

From the emailed newsletter this afternoon from Division of Local Services (DLS) –


DESE Provides Guidance Related to High School Graduations
Department of Elementary and Secondary Education

Earlier today, the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) released guidance concerning high school graduations. Please see below.

Graduation guidelines:

Between now and July 18, graduation should be held virtually or in limited circumstances following safety protocols, such as car parades.

Beginning July 19, graduation ceremonies can take place OUTSIDE under certain conditions, assuming the public health data supports continued opening of our state, at that time.

  • Any graduation ceremony must be held outside only in a large venue to accommodate social distancing of at least six feet if attendees are not from the same immediate household. Tents or other enclosures are not permitted.
  • Only immediate family of graduates can attend. Families must sign up in advance, and only those who have pre-registered may attend.
  • All attendees must wear face masks in accordance with the Governor’s COVID-19 Executive Order No. 31 and the Massachusetts Department of Public Health’s guidance. Speakers may remove masks during their remarks.
  • Graduates should individually be invited to walk across the stage and turn their tassel in lieu of receiving a diploma by hand. No handshakes or hugs.

Social distancing guidelines

  • Guests who are not part of the same immediate household must be seated at least 6 feet apart. Members of the same household are permitted to sit together less than 6 feet apart.
  • If there is fixed seating, rows should be blocked off and kept empty to allow for sufficient distancing between rows.
  • Children under 5-years-old and older adults, or those with vulnerable health conditions, should be discouraged from attending.
  • School staff must monitor the number of attendees entering and confirm they have pre-registered.
  • No receptions are permitted before or after the graduation.

Venues must have sufficient access to hand-washing facilities, including soap and running water, as well as alcohol-based hand sanitizers available at all entrances and exits.

Sam Aronson, of StringKing Lacrosse and MHS Class of 2011 Donates 2,000 Masks

From Carol Read –

String King face masks

Chief Carricon and Chief Guerette holding donated masks.

2,000 masks donated by Sam Aronson, of StringKing Lacrosse and Medfield High Class of 2011

String King Lacrosse, of LA, CA was founded by Jake McCampbell, Medfield High School Class of 2007 and Luke Aronson, Medfield High School Class of 2005 (cousins).  Sam Aronson joined the company after graduating from Tufts in 2015.