Classical High School, Class of 1970
Historical Photos

I, ahem, acquired the images on this page from the excellent web site
High school building, opened in 1898, as it appeared prior to the construction of a major addition begun in the early 1920s.
Central High, as it appeared following completion of the Junior High addition for which the cornerstone was laid in 1922. The name was changed to Classical in 1934.
The mural in the auditorium.

The Artist: Robert Lewis Reid (1862-1929)

Robert Reid was commissioned to paint a mural specifically for the auditorium lunette at Springfield.s Central High School in 1909. It was created at the height of the artist.s career. Born in Stockbridge, MA, Reid studied at the art schools of the Boston Museum of Fine Arts, the Art Students. League, New York and under Boulanger and Lefebvre in Paris. He was a member of the Ten American Painters and of the National Institute of Arts and Letters. He is represented in the permanent collections of the Corcoran Gallery in Washington, the Albright Art Gallery in Buffalo, the Brooklyn Institute Museum, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, the National Gallery of Art Washington, DC and many others. Robert Reid did many paintings, but only six murals, five of the murals are on display with our mural the only one currently not displayed. These murals are in the Massachusetts State House, Library of Congress, Appellate Court, New York, Panama-Pacific International Exposition, and the Liberal Arts Building of the Columbian Exposition in Chicago.

Robert Reid has a direct connection to Springfield. His brother, Charles Dwight Reid lived and worked in Springfield for many years. Their mother was descended from the founding families of the city, William Pynchon and Col. Joseph Dwight. Reid.s radiant mural, The Light of Education, featured his ancestor, William Pynchon, the pilgrim and merchant, who in 1636 sailed up the Connecticut River to create Agawam Plantation, a settlement that in 1640, he would rename for his birthplace, Springfield, England. The artist, it is said, painted his great-great-grandfather.s face exactly as it had been captured in a portrait on exhibit at the Essex, Massachusetts Museum. He depicted the founder of the city, standing on a hill at dawn, arms reaching out to Native Americans and a young peioneer family, amid allegorical figures, symbolizing the Spirit of Learning.