by Laurel | November 12th, 2014
Seventh Principal of Holyoke High School
Francis Dane Douglass, son of Henry and Delia A. (Potter) Douglass, was born in Plainfield, Connecticut, August 2, 1838. His preparatory education was obtained in Greenwich, Rhode Island. He entered Brown University in 1860 and was graduated in 1863, with the degree of Bachelor of Philosophy. After graduation, Mr. Douglass taught in the Connecticut Literary Institute, now the Suf- field School, in Suffield, Connecticut. He was principal of the Holyoke High School from 1864-1865. It is interesting to note that it was during Mr. Douglass’ term as principal that the first class consisting of six young ladies was graduated from the high school. Leaving Holyoke, he became connected with the Connecticut Mutual Life Insurance Company as Superintendent of Agencies. Mr. Douglass died in Hartford, March 26, 1883.