Richard Maghakian

Richard Maghakian was born in Chelsea, MA on August 13, 1947. He attended Salem State College and graduated in June of 1969. He was hired as the principal of the Brookline Elementary School right after his graduation.

At the age of 21, he knew that he was committed to the community of Brookline, its children, and their education. It seemed as though Mr. Maghakian "grew up" and "grew with" Brookline. He watched one 10-room school with 200 children grow and change into two schools with over 600 children.

Mr. Maghakian lived with his wife and three daughters in Brookline. His children attended Brookline Elementary School and his wife continues to teach there. He died January 1, 2002 at the age of 54, after 32 years of dedication to the Brookline community.

In October 2002, the Brookline Elementary School was officially renamed the Richard Maghakian Memorial School in his memory.

Captain Samuel Douglass

Samuel Douglass was born in Scotland on December 26, 1723 and immigrated to America in 1730. His family purchased a piece of land that included Nissiquassick Hill, now known as Townsend Hill. His home was located on the northern slope of the hill which is where the Academy is situated today.

Samuel Douglass was a member of the militia during the Revolutionary War and held the rank of Captain.  He marched a company of 20 men from Townsend Hill on April 19, 1775 to Lexington in preparation of the approaching of the British Army. During and after the war, Samuel continued to serve Brookline as treasurer, moderator, justice of the peace and was the first resident to represent Brookline in the legislature. He later moved to Littleton, NH where he died in 1816.

The original "Daniels Academy” was completed in 1914 and over the next few years absorbed the students of 5 other schools that were located within Brookline.

The current Captain Samuel Douglass Academy opened its doors in the fall of 2000.

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