During the next several months, MCPHS University observes and celebrates the centennial of the Forsyth School of Dental Hygiene with new and novel articles, photographs, reflections, and observations about 100 years of excellence in dental hygiene education. Please enjoy this tour of Forsyth’s history that features notable personalities among faculty and alumni, the changing faces of dental hygiene students, clinics, classrooms and the evolving curriculum, cherished memories and much more. Each article is accompanied by a unique and captivating collection of photographs and other items from the Forsyth archive that will lend depth, breadth, and meaning to each narrative.

Forsyth alumni, do you have a favorite memory or a story to share about your time at Forsyth? Please email stories and pictures to
alumni@mcphs.edu, so we can include it in our tribute to alumni memories!

Forsyth Dental Hygiene Clinic 1918

And so it began...

According to the First Annual Report of the Forsyth Dental Infirmary for Children, published in January 1916, the infirmary was founded by John Hamilton and Thomas Alexander Forsyth in memory of their brothers James Bennett and George Henry Forsyth, and was incorporated in 1910 by special act of the Massachusetts legislature.

Read on
to find out how Forsyth got its start to become the longest running dental hygiene institution of its kind.


The Changing Faces of Admission

In this installment, we explore how admission criteria and educational elements have changed over the years at Forsyth. Between the academic and personal qualifications for entrance to dental hygiene school, these evolving standards provide a fascinating glimpse at an academic model in transformation, not to mention a seismic cultural shift.

Read on to find out how admission has evolved to stay current with the times.

Graphic - professions for opportunity in dental hygiene

The Evolution of Professional Opportunity

As initiatives for enhanced and expanded women’s rights gained traction over the years, perhaps beginning with the right to vote in 1920, so too did career opportunities for dental hygienists. See how dental hygiene as a profession has evolved. Get the full story here.
Development and Transformation of the Dental Hygiene Curriculum

Development and Transformation of the Dental Hygiene Curriculum

It comes as no surprise that the facilities, clinics, and laboratories of the early 20th century, much less the late 20th century, bear little resemblance to today’s advanced operatories. But, when you compare the courses of study over the decades, you find notable differences and striking similarities that have supported, sustained, and enhanced the Forsyth reputation as the gold standard for dental hygiene education. Get the full story here.

Forsyth Facilities cover graphic

Forsyth Facilities: Moving through the Century

According to Wikipedia, “Form follows function is a principle associated with modernist architecture and industrial design in the 20th century. The principle is that the shape of a building or object should be primarily based upon its intended function or purpose.” It takes a lot of care and thought to build facilities that allow innovation, creativity and stellar dental hygiene services to the community. Forsyth School of Dental Hygiene continues to achieve this goal every day. Get the full story here.

Forsyth yearbook and seal graphic

A Yearbook Look at Student Life

How can you capture, consolidate, and convey 100 years of student life at the Forsyth School of Dental Hygiene? You can’t. But for just a few scattered glimpses of Forsyth student experiences through the decades, class yearbooks are a good place to start. Read on for a full tour of Forsyth yearbooks.

face collage of the personalities of Forsyth

The Personalities of Forsyth

Get to know the personalities who helped to define the Forsyth School of Dental Hygiene legacy of excellence. They answered a calling and responded to a need to support and promote excellence in dental hygiene education and professional practice. We are forever grateful. Get the full story here.


Fond Memories of Forsyth

This last piece in our tribute series to Forsyth School of Dental Hygiene is our favorite! Please enjoy some fond memories from our esteemed alumni!