Principal 1901 - 1923
• Clarence Brodeur began his service as Principal in 1901. He was born in Vermont, graduated at the top of his Harvard class in 1887, and them attended the Boston University Law School.
• He was unsuccessful practicing law and turned to education and became the superintendent of schools in Chicopee.
• He remained as the principal of the normal school until his death twenty two years later.
• Brodeur’s battle was responding to the outcry for public education to meet the needs of modern industrial and social conditions.
• The legislature created a Commissioner of Education who was empowered to implement a program which would make the normal school responsive to industrial needs.
• Many normal schools throughout Massachusetts introduced manual training including household arts, gardening, basket-making, chicken raising and the commercial arts.
• The resulting emasculation of the Westfield Normal School’s academic program (1915) included reducing the nine science courses to only one, the abolishment of the four year program, and having only 20 courses remaining in the curriculum: educational methods, sewing, physical education, penmanship, and method courses.