McLaughlin Middle School was named after Henry J. McLaughlin, Jr., who was born in Manchester, New Hampshire on August 7, 1923. Mr. McLaughlin graduated from Central High School in 1941. He continued his education at St. Anselm College, Boston University and Notre Dame College. He received his doctorate degree in 1985. Mr. McLaughlin started his teaching career in Belmont, New Hampshire in 1947 until 1950 when he returned to teach in his home town of Manchester. He taught at Brown School, coached at Central and West High Schools, became a principal in 1954 and was named Assistant Superintendent of Schools in 1963. He served as Superintendent of Schools in Manchester from 1970 until 1985 when he retired. He died in the spring of 1997. Having devoted most of his educational career to Manchester, it was decided to name the new middle school in his memory.
McLaughlin Middle School was the first middle school in the City of Manchester. We have over 850 6th, 7th, and 8th graders. The educational programs at McLaughlin are student-centered, team-oriented, and provide a hands-on/experimental approach. Students are instructed in the core academics of Language Arts, Math, Social Studies, and Science. In addition, the Allied Arts provides students with exposure to Computers, Technical Education, Physical Education, Family and Consumer Science, Music, Art, and World Languages. Students also have opportunities to participate in co-curricular activities and athletics.