Dig! Maryann Dig!
Note the inspiration for the beloved steam shovel at work on Gloucester High School construction site (follow the plume of smoke); 1938 photo by William Strople, courtesy Cape Ann Museum.
The Gloucester Public High School was a Public Works Project during the WPA; the digger used to build the foundation was the model for Mary Ann in Virginia Lee Burton’s children’s book classic, Mike Mulligan and the Steam Shovel. The high school’s New Balance Track and Field at Newell Stadium is the same open landscape featured in an Edward Hopper painting at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. The Gloucester Public School District is composed of 1 high school, 1 middle school, 5 elementary schools, and 1 preschool and serves more than 3,076 students. The GPS mission is for all students to be successful, engaged, life-long learners. Students benefit from regular exploration of rich artistic, cultural and historical opportunities. The schools collaborate with many of the contributors to the HarborWalk and participate in a city wide children’s arts festival each May.