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Sharing Sad News & Support Information

The Dedham school community is heartbroken to learn of Alonzo Polk’s passing following the tragic events of June 6th.  On behalf of our entire school community, we extend our deepest condolences to his family.  Alonzo will be remembered as a kind, personable student, teammate and friend.  Alonzo always gave his best and was someone who invariably left others smiling during their interactions.  He was a pleasure to know because of his positive attitude and will to succeed.   


Dedham High School counselors and guidance staff will continue to be available during the school day to help our students, graduates and staff navigate the challenging emotions that come from such a tragedy.  Additionally, Dedham has partnered with Riverside Trauma Center of Needham to provide trauma/crisis specialist support for students, parents or community members.  These trained trauma/crisis specialists will be available (along with Dedham Public Schools staff) at Dedham Town Hall (450 Washington Street) at the following dates and times:


  • Friday, June 11 from 3:00 - 5:00 PM 
  • Saturday, June 12 from 2:00 - 5:00 PM 
  • Sunday, June 13 from 2:00 - 5:00 PM 


For anyone who may need immediate or ongoing support, we recommend the following grief and coping resources :


Please join us in keeping his family in your thoughts and prayers as our school community works through the pain and emotions of this devastating loss.