Andover's Most-Read Story Of 2020: High School Principal's Tweet

Christopher Huffaker

ANDOVER, MA — On Feb. 12, 2020, Massachusetts had only reported one confirmed coronavirus case. Life was going about as usual across the state, save for heightened hand-washing procedures.

That day, then-Andover High School principal Philip Conrad deleted a tweet describing the school's Thursday lunch menu, which was tied to Black History Month.

The tweet, which was condemned on social media, said the school was "celebrating #BlackHistory2020 with a lunch of chicken drumsticks, macaroni & cheese, cornbread and greens."

Conrad also followed up with an email attributing the lunch menu to a student.

Last week, we asked readers what they thought was the site's most-read story in 2020. The right answer: Conrad's tweet.

Coronavirus made a lot of headlines in 2020, but in Andover, it wasn't #1.

These were the top three stories:

  1. Andover High Principal Deletes Black History Month Lunch Tweet

  2. Andover Fire Lt. On Leave After 'Concerning' Encounter

  3. Andover Schools Calls Teachers' Actions 'Illegal Work Stoppage'

Did you guess right? What are your predictions for 2021?

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This article originally appeared on the Andover Patch