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Brookline Then and Now: The Pollock School, 28 Alton Place

September 12, 2023

The Pollock School was a residential school for children with Down syndrome and autism run by Dr. Miriam Pollock and her husband Morris from 1934 to 1979. “Their aim was to educate children people thought were ineducable,” the Pollock’s daughter-in-law, Betsy Pollock, told the Boston Globe after Miriam’s death, at 92, in 2002. “She had made a commitment that kids should be raised in a family environment.” The school was in a house built around 1857 for the family of Richard L. Saville, who had a grocery business in Boston. The building, which had been much altered by the time the Pollocks acquired it from a later owner, was torn down in the 1980s and replaced with the current condominium complex.

Ken Liss is president of the Brookline Historical Society.