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William H Galvin

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 William H. Galvin, 1963

(Echo: Canton High School Yearboook, 1963)


 William H. Galvin1


William H. Galvin, born in 1910, was a lifelong resident of Canton who graduated from Canton High School in 1928, Boston College in 1932, and received a Master’s of Education Degree in 1939 from Boston University.  He began teaching in the town in 1935 were he took a position at the high School where he taught until 1943 when he was appointed principal of the Crane School. The next few years Galvin moved to various positions throughout the school system being named principal of the Augustus Hemenway (1950) and the Dean Luce (1954) Schools, assistant superintendent (1958) and then in 1959 he was made superintendent of the Canton School System, a post he held until his retirement in 1976. In recognition of his service to the town the William H. Galvin Middle School was named in his honor in 1973. In addition to his role as educator Galvin also organized the first public playground on Reynolds Street and a swimming program on Bolivar Street. William Galvin was married to Elizabeth “Betty” (Grenham) Galvin and together they had three children, Edward D. Galvin, Ann E. Galvin, and Louise Galvin-Harrison, who lost their father in October, 1988.




Darlene McKay and Dan Keleher, “Do You Know Who Your School is Named After: the Men Behind the Names,” Canton Citizen September 1, 1988.


Marilyn Roache, “Town Mourns William H. Galvin,” Canton Citizen October 27, 1988.

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