1874 Montvale School
1927 Goodyear School
2009 Goodyear School
Our School History
This four-room building was erected in 1874 to replace a two-room schoolhouse which, according to Edward Bucknam’s Plan of East Woburn in 1841, stood three blocks further south and one block east, at the corner of Washington and A Streets. This building was called the Montvale School. It was renamed “Goodyear School” on December 27, 1900, and continued in use until June 1926 when the new brick building was erected on the site of the Whittemore house on the opposite side of Central Street.
The school was named for Charles E. Goodyear, the American inventor who received the patent for the process of vulcanizing rubber on June 15, 1844. Goodyear lived nearby in East Woburn from 1835 – 1842 and is believed to have created the vulcanization process during this period.
The original school closed in the summer of 2009 and merged with the George I. Clapp Elementary School for two years. During this time, the original school building was demolished and a new, state-of-the-art building was opened in the fall of 2011. The Clapp was then closed.
The new Goodyear Elementary school building is 67,000 square feet and serves over 300 students from East Woburn as well as the former Clapp school district.