175 Orchard Street
Watertown, Massachusetts 02472
Map of James Russell Lowell Elementary School
Phone:  617-926-7770
Fax:  Not provided
Web Site:  http://www.watertown.k12.ma.us/lowell/index.html


PreK - 5th
Enrollment:  Not provided
Setting:  Not provided
District:  Watertown Public Schools

Welcome to James Russell Lowell Elementary School!
History of the James Russell Lowell School

The James Russell Lowell School opened in September 1927. It was named after James Russell Lowell,
poet and United States Ambassador to England and, at a later date, Spain. As trustee of his wife’s estate,
James Russell Lowell deeded to the Town of Watertown a parcel of land to be used as a school. The
original James Russell Lowell School location is now the site of the North Branch Library. When it became
necessary to build the present larger school, the name of the school was retained. In 1996, an addition was
built and the old part of the building was renovated.

James Russell Lowell lived near Longfellow House in Cambridge but made frequent visits to Watertown,
as his wife Maria Lowell was a Watertown native. His description of a winter brook in “The Vision of Sir
Launfal” is said to have been inspired by a brook in Watertown.