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It was within the fertile mind of the young, energetic and visionary educator, John
Hugh Diman of Middletown, Rhode Island, that the need for a type of school in Fall River
which would satisfy individual differences as well as preparation for the economic necess-
ities of life, was conceived.
Consequently, in August, 1912, as a result of his depth of erudition, as well as breadth
of sympathy for those less fortunate in this wor1d's goods, Headmaster Diman of St.
George's Preparatory School offered the sum of S2500 as a gift to the Fall River School
Department to be used for teacher hire and the equipment of a trade school.
This generous gift of money was readily accepted by the Fall River School Com-
mittee, realizing as they did that the need for such a SChQ,01.WaS great.
In December, 1912, the new Diman Trade School first saw the light of reality through
a basement window in the John J. McDonough grade school on Division Street. Mornings in
school were occupied with bench work. Afternoons were devoted to the sciences of drawing,
arithmetic, language and civics. Motivation in the skilled trades now followed, for the
projects were worthwhile.
In the following year, 1913-14, Mr. Diman repeated his offer and in this manner the
school grew and prospered under the guidance of Mr. Frederick H. Rundell, of Boston,
an experienced tradesman.
Because of the increased enrollment within a few years, it was found necessary to
move to the Kennedy Building on Bank Street, where Auto Mechanics, Painting and academic
subjects were added.
In April, 1940, Mr. Rundell passed to his eternal reward and he will always be remem-
bered as a pioneer in vocational tra.ining in this city.
Mr. Rundell was succeeded by Mr. Thomas G. Doyle as interim principal until the
appointment of t.he present director, Mr. Joseph P. Gilligan of Fall River on June 1, 1942.
Like most of our social institutions, the modern Diman Vocational High School
represents the evolutionary development of a progressive American vocational high school.
Many local, state and national forces have molded it to its present form.
Today, Diman takes its place in the front ranks of Trade Education in America. Its
future lies within the guidance of a wise citizenry and a corps of well-prepared instructors.
We ask the gift of Divine Guidance, inspired by its founder, Father Hugh Diman, who
conceived and established our Alma Mater.
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