, Derry, New Hampshire


January 2, 2014

Pinkerton Academy celebrates 200 years

Pinkerton to mark historic year with special events


Alumni say attending Pinkerton was more than just going to class.

“It isn’t just a place where you go to high school,” said Class of 1973 alumnus Vickie Buckley Chase, “you grow up there.”

Chase said many of her high school friends remain close to this day. That’s also how Bob Morrison views his Academy experience.

Morrison is one of a trio of friends from the Class of 1953 still close to this day and known as Pinkerton’s “Three Amigos.”

“I hooked up with them in the third grade,” he said. “We’ve been buddies ever since.”

That relationship keeps the trio a tight unit. Morrison, Telly Wells and Wally Ramsdell don’t miss a fall football game and always sit together.

The men are all past presidents of Pinkerton’s Alumni Association and members of the school’s Hall of Fame.

Harry Burnham, president of the Board of Trustees, said he hopes Pinkerton’s future is as rich as its past.

“Let the next 200 years be as fruitful as the past 200 years,” Burnham said.

West said Pinkerton’s hope through the years has been to offer students the promise of excellence.

“On the stages, on the fields and in the classrooms, that is a common goal,” she said. “Teachers want it, students want it and trustees want it.”

West will write a book on Pinkerton to honor its 200th year. The book will include a lot of photos and will focus on the school’s last 50 years. It is due out in 2015.

For Chase, Pinkerton will always be a home.

“Pinkerton is a community,” she said. “Some people go to high school, but we went to the Academy, where we were encouraged to challenge our minds, question our beliefs and to simply grow as a family.”

A complete list of 2014 anniversary events is available at

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