Private school sues Quincy, Mass., over trust set up by John Adams

Nov. 17, 2010
Woodward School for Girls contends that city has mismanaged trust that provides support for the school

From The Boston Globe: The Woodward School for Girls, a 116-year-old private school in Quincy, Mass., that has long benefited from the largesse of President John Adams, has sued the city of Quincy, asserting officials mismanaged income from a trust set up after the nation’s second commander in chief donated land to the city. School officials contend that the city owes Woodward as much as $10 million. The income from the trust was designated originally for the Adams Academy, a boys school, which opened in 1872 on land left by the president. The academy closed in 1907, and a subsequent court ruling decreed that the money could be used to support the Woodward School, the academy’s sister school, which opened in 1894 on land left by Adams.

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