The school was named in honor of James Gillespie Blaine (1830-1893), a politician who
served as a U.S. Representative, Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives, U.S.
Senator from Maine and two-time Secretary of State. He was nominated for president in
1884, but lost in a close race to Democrat Grover Cleveland. Blaine was a magnetic,
charismatic speaker in an era that prized oratory. What’s more, this well-respected
leader supported President Abraham Lincoln during the Civil War.