Pave Your Legacy
Become part of Roxbury history and pave the way for future students!
You can inscribe a permanent paver, or several pavers, on the walkway to and around the Grey Building Bell at Lincoln/Roosevelt School for a one-time gift of $25 per paver. Donations to Pave Your Legacy will fund this project and an archway for our graduates to walk through at Roxbury High School.
One inscribed paver requires a donation of $25 to the campaign, which is open to individuals, families, businesses, and the community and will serve as a true and permanent reminder of your support.
Pavers are 6x9 inches in size and can be inscribed with up to four lines of up to 16 characters per line, including spaces. Some ideas for inscriptions include:
- Your family’s name
- Your name and graduation year
- A favorite teacher or class
- A team, activity, or club that impacted your life
- The name of your business
- In honor of a friend or family member
- In memory of a special person or pet
- A school organization special to you: booster club, PTA, band
Please complete one form per paver. Please allow 4-6 weeks for the paver to be engraved and installed. You will receive two emails. One when your paver order has been placed and a second when the paver is installed at the Grey Building Bell.
Make sure your legacy is a part of our history!
* All inscriptions will be reviewed and approved.
A Glimpse into the Past
The Grey Building Bell - A Glimpse into the Past
In 1894, the first Roxbury Township Board of Education was organized. By 1900, they decided that they needed to build a new school that would be convenient for surrounding towns, and large enough to hold grades 1-12.
Thus, the Grey Building was built. The cornerstone was laid on September 12, 1903, and the school opened on September 6, 1904. Construction cost a total of $13,000, and the taxpayers paid approximately $13 per year to educate each student.
In 1915, it was decided that the Grey Building could no longer meet the needs of Roxbury’s growing population. Therefore, the Board of Education began making plans for a new school to be built. In 1918, the cornerstone for the Lincoln School was laid.
However, the Grey Building still needed to be used. Indoor facilities were installed in the basement, and a drinking fountain was installed in the hall. Electric lights were also added to the building. These classrooms were used until the Roosevelt Building was built in 1938.
The Grey Building did not stay vacant for long. Due to the increasing population of Roxbury, the Grey Building was again put into use in the 1940s. Art, band, and chorus were among the classes held in the Grey Building at this time.
Roxbury continued to expand and built several new schools to accommodate the growing population. In 1957, the Franklin School was completed, and in 1957, Eisenhower Middle School took over as Roxbury’s high school. The high school that we know today was opened in 1972. This was the same year that the Lincoln and Roosevelt Schools were recognized as one school.
In 1978, the Grey Building was used once again. However, this time as Roxbury’s Senior Center. It was used as the Senior Center until 1999 when once again, Roxbury’s expanding population required it to be used as a school. The Lincoln/Roosevelt/Grey Building Complex housed grades 4-6 until the early 2000s when the district completed another expansion project moving the fourth grade to the four elementary schools and connecting the Lincoln building with the Roosevelt building.
Since 2004, the Grey Building has housed the Central Office administration as the Roxbury Board of Education. In 2019, the slate roof and crumbling cupola on the Grey Building were replaced. The new cupola no longer would house the bell and instead be an enclosed structure. Not wanting to lose its history, it was decided that the original bell would be housed in front of the Grey Building as a reminder of our past.