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Found in the Archives: Basketball Champs

This photo was recently found in the archives and we liked it so much, we printed it and put it on the wall of the newly-renovated Ash House common room. It was taken in 1900 when a five-man young alumni basketball team won a New England Championship. Two of these young men would go on to have great impact on Cushing. On the far right is James W. Vose '99, son of Cushing's second Principal, James E. Vose. The younger Mr. James Vose would follow in his father's footsteps and become Cushing's Principal in 1925 (incidentally, his twin brother, John, is on the left wearing the white shirt). In the center of the photo is Frank Hardy, also a member of the Class of 1899. Frank Hardy joined the Academy faculty in 1902 as coach of the basketball team and eventually served athletic director. Sadly, Frank Hardy gave his life in service to the Academy. In 1915, fire broke out in Ashburnham House and in attempt to save residents and put out the fire, he was killed. He is buried in the New Cemetery above the school and each year for more than a decade after his death, the Academy would hold a memorial service at his grave on the anniversary of the fire.

Cushing Academy

39 School Street
Ashburnham, Massachusetts 01430

Cushing Academy

Cushing Academy exists for students and develops curious, creative, and confident learners and leaders. Founded in 1865, Cushing is a co-ed, college preparatory boarding and day school for students in grades 9-12 and PG. Our students, who come from over 30 states and 30 countries, excel in our outstanding academic, art, and athletic offerings. We welcome you to visit our community and beautiful 162-acre campus in Ashburnham, Mass., just one hour from Boston, to experience all that Cushing has to offer.