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The primary purpose of the B.M.C. Durfee Alumni website is to encourage contact among fellow alumni through reunions, publications, and through person-to-person contact. 

REMINDER - Is your class planning a reunion? Please complete the form on the reunions page or e-mail reunion information to so that it will be printed in the Chimes, shared on Facebook and posted on this website.

Join us for a Great Fundraising Night!

For tickets call 508-675-8100 X 41988, leave a message and someone will get back to you

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View the dedication of the NEW BMC Durfee High School building here: Click on this link

Alumni Meetings:

Durfee High School Alumni Meeting Dates

2023 - 2024

Meetings are held at the Granite Grille 

October 16, 2023, 6PM

January 9, 2024, 11:30 AM

April 8, 2024, 6PM

November 13, 2023, 6PM

February 13, 2024, 11:30 AM

May 13, 2024, 6PM

December 12, 2023, 11:30 AM

March 11, 2024, 6PM

June 10, 2024 6PM

 B.M.C. Durfee High School Alumni Assoc. Annual Meeting, Thursday, May 23, 2024 at 6:00 PM


Please join us to honor Scholarship Recipients and Distinguished Alumni.



Watch below for the presentation of the annual Alumni Awards presented on Thursday, May 25, 2023



2023 Distinguished Alumni Recipients

Aeronautical Engineer Dr. Rebecca Masterson, Durfee class of 1993Born and raised in Fall River, Dr. Rebecca (Becky) Masterson is the daughter of Robert and Donna (Castanho) Masterson. She is a Principal Research Scientist at MIT and Director of the MIT Space Systems Laboratory. She holds affiliations with both the Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics and the MIT Kavli Institute, and has over 20 years of experience in spacecraft design and development.

She was educated at Tansey Elementary School, Morton Middle School and Durfee High School of Fall River, Class of 1993, where she was the salutatorian and gave a memorable speech at graduation. Becky then headed to Massachusetts Institute of Technology to study Mechanical Engineering, earning her Bachelors degree in 1997, a Masters degree in 1999 and her Doctorate in 2005. Her graduate work was focused on structural analysis and design for large space-based telescopes. She developed reaction wheel disturbance models and integrated models to assess the effect of these disturbances on precision pointing for large space telescopes such as the Space Interferometry Mission, Terrestrial Planet Finder and the Next-Generation Space Telescope (now the James Webb Space Telescope).

After completing her Doctorate, Dr. Masterson began her career at the Charles Stark Draper Laboratory where she worked on the flight controls for the space shuttle missions to the International Space Station. She built and analyzed integrated models and provided operational support for more than twenty shuttle/ISS missions between 2005 and 2011. When the space shuttle program was retired in 2011, Becky returned to MIT and the Space Systems Laboratory where she had done her graduate work. After several other positions, she is currently a Principal Research Scientist and director of the Space Systems Laboratory. Of MIT’s 115 principal researchers, 22 are women. Including Masterson; there are now four principal researchers in the Aero Astro department – and she is the first woman to earn this honor in the 104-year history of MIT aerospace engineering.

Dr. Masterson was Co-Principal Investigator and Instrument Manager for the Regolith X-Ray Imaging Spectrometer (REXIS), the student instrument onboard the OSIRIS-REx asteroid sample return mission. She was the Integration and Test Lead for the Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS), and is currently managing the AERO VISTA CubeSat mission with MIT Haystack Observatory and the REDSoX (Rocket Experiment Demonstration of a Soft X-ray Polarimeter) sounding rocket experiment with MIT Kavli Institute. Both REXIS and TESS are successfully operating on orbit, and AERO VISTA and REDSoX are working towards launches in the next five years. Dr. Masterson has mentored over fifty students, graduate and undergraduate, and has written or collaborated on numerous articles which have been published in a variety of professional journals. In addition, she has presented her research to colleagues at national professional conventions throughout the country. Becky brings a unique expertise to the MIT community. David Miller, the former Director of the Space Systems Lab, said of Dr. Masterson that “she provides a perfect, yet rare combination of research prowess, real world experience, program management expertise, focus on education, and teamwork skills.”

Becky currently lives in Somerville with her husband Gordon Wong and their two daughters, Lily and Quinn. She is an avid board gamer, cyclist and runner. Not only will Dr. Masterson’s research live on well into the 22nd century, so will the two asteroids named for her and her husband: 120351 Beckymasterson and 120352 Gordonwong.. Being named a Distinguished Alumna of Durfee will assure that her legacy will also live on in Fall River.

Frederick Drayton, Durfee class of 1955was born in Fall River MA in 1937. He attended Lincoln Elementary, Morton Junior High and Durfee High class of '55. At Durfee, Fred distinguished himself as an excellent student and athlete, and was voted “Most Athletic” by his classmates. He was also named co-captain of the all-Bristol County football team and awarded the Jake Reagan Memorial Trophy and the Outstanding Schoolboy Achievement trophy by the Clover Club. In 1991, Fred was inducted into the Durfee Athletic Hall of Fame to accompany his brother Joe. In addition, he was a member of the Durfee Glee Club, Hilltoppers Serenaders, Senior Mixed Choir, and was sports editor of The Hilltop and the Year Book. Fred was also elected Student Mayor (of Fall River) For a Day, an experience that inspired his career.

At Bates, he was elected class Vice President and member of the Student Council. He played football and was awarded both Travelli and Puritan scholarships. Post-graduation, Fred was elected to the Bates College Board of Trustees.

Fred attended Howard University’s Graduate School, majored in Public Administration and, at first year’s end, was awarded for attaining the highest Grad School grades. He met Augusta Payne there and she would later become his wife and mother of their son, Frederick (Arnold), Jr. Out of graduate school, Fred was drafted into the Army, and served honorably two years as Platoon Guide, Honor Guard and Personnel Specialist.

Upon discharge, Fred returned to Washington, DC. Intentionally, each job he accepted had to "help people.” He was a personnel specialist with the US Department of Agriculture. Then, at the US Department of Labor, he served as Personnel Management Specialist; Manpower Development Specialist; administrative assistant to the Operational Head of the Neighborhood Youth Corp; NatIon-wide Director of several employment/training programs; Executive with the American Indian Manpower Office; National Director of the Office of Civil Rights; Executive within the Office of Equal Employment Opportunity; and finally as National Director of the Office of Safety and Health.

Fred was elected to the Labor Department Federal Credit Union’s Board of Directors. He founded and directed the DOL Mass Choir; founded and was first President of their Toastmasters’ (public speaking) Club that was widely recognized as “the first” club worldwide chartered "co-ed," an honor for which he was later awarded an “honorary” Distinguished Toastmaster (DTM) plaque. The US Civil Service Commission enlisted him into the elite cadre of Federal specialists chosen to tour the Country recruiting Management Interns, people destined to become Managers and Executives throughout the Federal Government. Labor also sent him for a one-year Internship at Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs. Fred also found time to earn a Certificate of Graduation from the Columbia School of Broadcasting. After 36 and one half years of distinguished service, he retired.

Fred became President of Drayton Communications, conducting Interpersonal Communications workshops and coaching speech. He wrote children’s stories and self-published “Boss Road: A Spiritual Journey From Job One to Retirement", a memoir documenting how God and his parents inspired and guided him from Fall River to Washington, DC. He also authored a play titled, “A Pardon for Adam and Eve” which was published in Howard University School of Religion’s Journal of Religious Thought, the only play, he was informed, ever published in that prestigious publication.

In 1995, Fred was voted "Man of the Year” by his Hemingway Memorial AME Church congregation. And in 2022, the Benjamin Mays Black Alumni Society, a Bates College affiliate, awarded him The Henry Chandler Legacy Award recognizing “a Black alumna or alumnus who paved the way for African Americans during the first 100 years of integration at Bates....” Mr. Drayton now resides in Thomasville, GA with his son and his son’s family.

Links of Interest:

BMC Durfee High School

Fall River, MA


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In the original building

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