Woburn High School - History, Pride, Tradition
Woburn high School has instilled the importance of education in generations of students for over 160 years. The school opened its doors in 1852 with thirty-four students in a leased room at the Knight Building on Main Street. increasing enrollment and curriculum requirements necessitated the building of a larger school on Main Street in 1854 and again in 1906 at the Dow farm property on Montvale avenue. Woburn’s reputation as a leading leather manufacturer during the Civil War inspired the Tanner nickname, bull mascot and school motto: “Tanner Pride.” With the leadership of thirteen principals throughout its history, over thirty-two thousand students have graduated from this school. Today, more than half the faculty are returning alumni, and generations of Woburn families continue to send their children to this school. Join author Susan Thifault as she explores a history of pride and tradition at Woburn High School
About Susan Bruno Thifault (Boston, Massachusetts Author)
Susan Thifault is a resident of Woburn and a 1980 graduate of Woburn High School. She continued her education at the University of Lowell and received a bachelor of fine arts degree and a master’s degree in education from Rivier College. Susan has had several dream careers throughout her life: working as a professional studio photographer and videographer for Burlington Studios and as project manager for Maritz Communications Company working with Fortune 500 clients. Susan started teaching at Woburn Memorial High School in 1994, adding yearbook advisor and director of the fine art department to her title along the way. She has always had a love of history, especially genealogy, as she has traced her ancestors back to Woburn to the mid-1600s. Susan continues to volunteer in the community as a director on the board of the Woburn Historical Society and as a graphic designer for community programs.