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Philbrick, John Dudley, 1818-1886


John Dudley Philbrick was born on May 27, 1818 in Deerfield, New Hampshire. He graduated from Dartmouth College in 1842 where he was one of the founders of the Kappa Kappa Kappa fraternity. Philbrick was a schoolteacher for 11 years in Boston schools, including the Boston English High School, the Quincy School and Roxbury Latin. He was recruited in 1853 to become Barnard's successor as principal of the Connecticut State Normal School. This was followed by a term as Connecticut superintendent of common schools from 1855 to late 1856. In December 1856 he was elected superintendent of public schools in Boston, serving until March 1878. (The Quincy School in Boston, which he co-founded, was the first school in the United States with grades, as opposed to one room with all students.) Philbrick served as president of the National Educational Association and both the Connecticut and Massachusetts Teachers Associations, and was for ten years a member of the Massachusetts State Board of Education. His publications include "City School Systems in the United States." (1885). He died on February 2, 1886.

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John Philbrick papers

Identifier: MS-580
Overview John D.Philbrick (1818-1886), educator. Dartmouth College Class of 1842. The collection contains correspondence, appointments, commissions, clippings, principally related to his career as an educator and to his participation in 3 international expositions as an advisor or judge in the field of education.