Awards

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Harold L. Pride Award

Harold L. Pride - 1893-1954
This award in the name of Harold L. Pride, the first president of the Massachusetts Vocational Association, is given to recognize an individual who has made a significant contribution to the growth and improvement of the MVA.
When Harold L. Pride came to Waltham as a teacher of manual arts in 1926, he could not have envisioned the modern and efficient Career & Technical High Schools of today, which are training young men and women to take their place in the industrial community of Waltham.
Born in Westbrook, ME in 1893, Mr. Pride attended Westbrook Seminary and the Sloyd Training School of Industrial Arts in Boston, and furthered his education through courses at Fitchburg State College and Harvard University.
Mr. Pride began his teaching career in White River Junction, VT in 1916, leaving to enter military service in 1918. Upon returning at the end of World War I, he taught for five years in Augusta, ME, and also served as the Assistant Supervisor of Vocational Education for the State of Maine.
Waltham summoned him in 1926 to teach manual arts, with the plan of establishing the Waltham Trade School, which he did in 1927, and served as its Director until his death in 1954. Under his leadership, the Waltham Trade School grew and prospered, reaching its peak during the war years from 1940 to 1945. During this difficult period, the Trade School shops were busy around the clock, twenty-four hours a day, training workers for the defense industry.
Mr. Pride dreamed of the day when Career & Technical Education would enjoy modern facilities and academic stature, and he worked endless hours in the pursuit of excellence among his faculty and students. He was instrumental in the planning and design of the new vocational high school, and his sudden and untimely death in 1954 came on the very evening the final vote approved its construction.
The dedication of this educator went beyond the classroom into the community. To the Waltham Rotary Club, which he served as president, the the Massachusetts Vocational Association, which he founded, to the American Legion, the Boys' Club, the Red Cross, and to his church, he devoted his energy and enthusiasm for "service above self".