Bouvé-Boston School students sing with their arms in the air, ca. 1940s.

Evening singing at Camp Monomoy, 1953.

Bouvé students in the early twentieth century inherited the traditions of the School’s founders, most notably singing as a leisure activity. Each member of the entering class received a song book at the beginning of the year, and song leaders encouraged the classes to learn a variety of pieces. The alma mater and ceremonial songs cultivated a sense of school-wide unity while Blue and White team songs instilled a sense of pride.


Classes passed a corpus of school songs to the successive generations. New students also contributed to the canon. Silly or serious, devoted to the school or to its founders, each song reflected the emphasis placed upon tradition and holistic education. Through singing, students united to pay tribute to their history.

Boston School of Physical Education song book, ca. 1924.

Counselors' songs from camp, 1941. 

Songs to Miss Bouvé, ca. 1930.