James Harrington ‘09

James Harrington ‘09

Boston College, BA, MA, 2015

Humanities, Outdoor Basketball, Skiing & Snowboarding, Lacrosse.

The Winchendon School is in James’ DNA ; his family’s connections to The Winchendon School began with his grandparents who were faculty members. And, no surprise he is a Winchendon School graduate. “I haven’t seen anywhere else where the people make as much of a difference with the kids they teach than the Winch. My family has former students who tell us, thirty years later, about how my grandfather changed their life. If I can have a positive influence like he did, or like my teachers and coaches did with me, then I consider my life worthwhile in a fundamental way.” Off hours you might find James playing a mean tin whistle, trumpet, and a bit of trombone in Slainte, a local band.

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By the way...


  • Go-to comfort food: My grandma’s meatballs
  • Song to start the day: “Fortunate Song” by Credence Clearwater Revival
  • Which Winchendon tradition is your favorite: Baccalaureate- I have a lot of great memories of my time here as a student and as a teacher, and Baccalaureate gives me an opportunity to reflect on that in a beautiful place, Cathedral of the Pines.
  • On the bucket list: Publish a novel