Adelaide Dodge

Graduating class of 1916



“A teacher affects eternity, (s)he can never tell where (her) influence stops” --Henry Brooks Adams Indeed, the influence of Adelaide Dodge, Manchester High School Central teacher, continues to this day. Born and raised in Manchester, she was graduated from Manchester High School in 1916, then from Radcliffe College, later furthering her education at Columbia University and the University of Colorado at Boulder. Though she herself had the advantage of an excellent higher education, she was aware that this was not often the norm for most women, and this would ultimately influence her contribution to education at Central. Mindful of her calling, she returned here to begin a most distinguished forty-four year teaching career, first at Varney Junior High School for two years, then as history teacher at Central from 1922-1945, and later as chairperson of the Social Studies Department from 1945 until her retirement in 1964. Throughout her life, Miss Dodge was active in community affairs and social causes, serving as trustee of the Manchester City Library, the Currier Gallery of Art, Shaker Village, Child and Family Service, the YWCA and the NAACP. However, it is for her devotion to the teaching profession that she is most recognized. Miss Dodge was a bright, articulate and dedicated educator who instilled, in generations of students, a love of learning. For these qualities, the Manchester Chamber of Commerce named her its first woman Citizen of the Year. Miss Dodge’s influence on the education of young adults continues to this day. With her sister Elinor, a 1918 graduate of Central, she has endowed a most generous scholarship for female graduates of our school who will continue their studies in the liberal arts. Though these young women, now and in the future, will not have the experience of Miss Dodge as a classroom teacher, they will yet benefit from her dedication to both the teaching profession and to Central High School. Her influence continues.