1971 - 1980

Fall 1971: William (Tim) L. Barclay III is appointed as the 2nd Head of CFS.
January 29, 1972: “Floor-Warming Square Dance” is held to celebrate the installation of a hardwood floor in the Assembly Hall.
Fall 1972: The Cambridge Center for Adult Education begins to use the school space in the evenings for classes.
November 1973: The first annual CFS Book Sale, inaugurated by librarian Ruth Greenberger, raises $100; the Book Sale continues to this day.
1975: Fred Cyr and students coordinate the creation and burial of a CFS Time Capsule, which was to be dug up in 2000. Unfortunately, the capsule had to be dug up during the school expansion in 1980-81, and was later destroyed when the shed in which it was stored was struck by fire.
1976: Nurudafina Pili Abena, internationally renowned performer and instructor of African drumming, begins teaching at CFS.
May 1977: Head Tim Barclay is arrested for protesting against the proposed construction of the nuclear power plant in Seabrook New Hampshire.
Spring 1978: Ruth Greenberger serves as interim head during Tim Barclay’s sabbatical.
May 1978: CFS holds its first all-school May Day celebration.
Fall 1978: CFS opens its Afterschool program ($1.25 per hour!).
December 1978: CFS holds its first silent auction fundraiser.
1979: The school administration expands: CFS hires its first Business Manager, and the Director of Admission takes on the additional title of Director of Development.
Summer 1979: Planning begins for an expansion of the CFS school building
Fall 1980: Herbert (Tony) Wagner is appointed as the 3rd Head of CFS.
1979-80: CFS holds its first Multicultural Day.
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