Frequently Asked Questions

What became of my school records / transcripts, etc. from my time at Grahm?

According to the Massachusetts Dept. of Education website, the school's transcripts have been transferred to the custody of Mount Ida College.  Their address is:

Registrar’s Office, Mount Ida College
777 Dedham Street
Newton, MA 02159
(617) 969-7000 ext.111

What became of the Grahm Buildings?

The administrative offices and studios at 632 Beacon St. were converted to dormitories by Boston University.  Kenmore Hall and Wadsworth Hall are subsidized housing for senior citizens and Leavitt Hall is now the Hotel Buckminster.  See the Grahm history section for more information.

Are any of my old haunts still around?
Virtually all of Kenmore Squares Night scene establishments have passed into history.  Pizza Pad a/k/a Kenmore Deli operated for years at the corner of Brookline Ave. & Commonwealth, feeding thousands of  Baseball fans and club goers until the wee hours, but now it's been replaced by a McDonald's. The famous Disco club Lucifers (later Narcissus) closed and is now a restaurant.  Pooh's Pub is also gone, and The Rathskeller, better known as "The Rat" which spawned many punk/new wave bands in the 70's and 80's closed in 1998.  In 2002, an entire block of Kenmore square buildings was demolished to make way for the new Hotel Commonwealth right next door to old Kenmore Hall.  Victims of the wrecking ball were The Rat, Strawberries (Discount Records), Paperback Booksmith, Relax-A-Bit, Souper Salad (The Fatted Calf) Dunkin' Donuts, Kenmore Barber shop and Kenmore Wine (supplier of many keg parties).  Kenmore Square has moved away from entertainment towards retail business.  Deli Haus, which once touted itself as the "Oldest restaurant in Kenmore Square" closed in December 2001 after over 40 years.  At least the Citgo Sign is still there, although it was recently upgraded from classic neon to modern LED lighting.

Is Grahm Street still in Kenmore Square?
The street is still there of course, but in 1980 the City of Boston removed the Grahm name and changed it back to Kenmore Street.  Since the Square was named after the street, it seemed the appropriate thing to do.  On a side note, Sears Roebuck and Co. had a major New England distribution Center located a few blocks up from the Square on Brookline Avenue.  According to the Sears web page, their famous Kenmore appliance line may have been named after the nearby Hotel Kenmore, where the Sears Execs used to hold their business meetings back in the 30's. Coincidentally, there is a Kenmore Avenue in Chicago near Sears world headquarters.

Why did Grahm close?
GJC was a victim of the "Perfect Storm" -End of the Vietnam war, a recession, excessive real estate costs, competition, financial aid variability, energy crisis, community colleges and no endowment.  Both strategically and operationally the school was not equipped to capably navigate the storm.  An extensive history is being written and expected to be published in the summer of 2013.

Whatever became of Milton Grahm?
He retired as president about four years before the school closed.  He passed away at the age of 82 in December 1992.

How did Kenmore Square Get its name?
Funny you should ask.  It’s quite simple really.  Mayor Curley signed an order changing the name from Governor Square to Kenmore Square.  “Kenmore” was taken from the trolley stop “Kenmore Station”.  Kenmore Station took its name from the intersecting street, Kenmore Street.   It’s as simple as that. Bill Tarkulich wrote a lot more about it.

Is Eugene O'Neill buried in Kenmore Square?
No, but he did die there.  The late playwright lived for several years in the old Hotel Shelton on Bay State road.  He is buried in Forest Hills Cemetery in Jamaica Plain.

When is the next class reunion?
The October 12-13th 2012 Reunion was a smashing success.  We would like to have another reunion in a few years, but no further work has been done.  Interested?