Lowville Academy and Central School - Lowacadian Yearbook (Lowville, NY)

 - Class of 1958

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MR. BRENNEN, we wish to express our sincere appreciation to you, not only for the superior athletic groups which you have worked so hard to de- velop and maintain, but more impor- tant for the sense of sportsmanship which you have instilled in our athletes. To you, our class advisor and coach, we also dedicate the 1958 Lowacadian. 5 DEDICATION The members of the class of 1958 thank you, MRS. PORTER, for your efforts on behalf of our class. Your constant interest in our success, your unselfish guidance throughout our four years of high school have been appreci- ated. VVe dedicate the 1958 edition of the Lowacadian to you. ' ig ks: if . 'f V wi e it WN-""""'vI--,,, Mwst

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Lowville Academ 1808-1958 "There are times in which it is peculiarly proper to pause in the journey of life and cast a retrospective glance upon our path, to review the incidents which have marked our course- the influences which have favored or retarded our progress, and the lessons which experience has taught us." Thus began a speech one hundred years ago by Franklin B. Hough. This speech was given on the occasion of the completion of the first half century of Lowville Academy. Now, as the Academy marks its 150th year, let us "cast a retrospective glance" upon its past. In 1805-06 a building for religious worship, public meetings and also for an academy was erected where the present Presby- terian church is located. At the time an application was made for a charter for the academy. The charter was granted March 21, 1808. The Reverend Issac Clinton became the first princi- pal May 15, 1808 at an annual salary of two hundred dollars. He remained in charge for ten years. To give a distinct character to Lowville Academy, a perliminary examination of students was required. There were no acade- mies in jefferson, St. Lawrence or Franklin counties and the excellent reputation of Lowville Academy drew students from these counties. In 1818, Stephen W. Taylor, a graduate of Hamilton, became principal. He held this position for six years, during which time additions were made to the buildings to accommodate more students. On April 10, 1818, the school managed to secure financial aid from the state. The next big change came in 1824 when Mr. Taylor was elected principal for twenty years and a contract for a new building was given. The plan for this new building, drawn up by an architect from Albany under the direction of Mr. Taylor, was so original and supposed to contain so many advantages that a patent was obtained in April, 1825. In this new building, the students were separated from each other by partitions, with the teacher's desk in the center of the room so that he could supervise each pupil. Because this building proved faulty, the reputation of the academy lessened. For this reason, in 1835, instruction was halted to raze the building and construct a new one. Built with 352,000 loaned by the state, the brick edifice contained an assembly room, two study rooms and private recitation rooms. The first term began on September 1, 1836, with "the strictest attention being given to the morals and correct cleportment of the members of the seminary." The students boarded with local families. In 1840 a chemistry lab was set up in the basement ofthe structure. The next year the school was made to accommodate twenty more pupils. In 1860 construction began again. This time two wings were added. A local resident, Mrs. Hannah Bostwick, willed that her home be remodeled to accommodate a girls' department and princi- pa1's room. Because of separation of classes and poor adminis- tration, the plan wasn't successful. In general, the Academy was a good institution. The subjects were good for those preparing for college. There was a fine library. An inspection group' from the Board of Regents offered very few criticisms. The buildings were completely renovated in 1892 and 1893. The improvements included electric lights and heating system. New apparatus and furniture were installed at a total cost of 511,000 A boarding house for thirty students was provided. August 25, 1905 marked a change of control at the Academy. It became Union Free School, District Number Two of Lowville, New York. Trustees conducted and maintained the institution. The Board of Education approved and supervised instructors. Pupils of academic grades in the district were given instruc- tion without cost. Non-resident students entitled by law to attend school were likewise educated without charge. Those students not entitled to free education were charged a specified tuition rate. By 1920 the buildings were too small and old to be used for school purposes. On March 22, 1922 the state legislature allowed the Academy to apply to the Supreme Court to deter- mine what should be done concerning the buildings. On February 19, 1924 the voters of the district authorized the construction of a new building. Two lots were purchased in 1926. The Board of Trustees then conveyed the property to the Board of Education, thus ending a 116 years old institution of private learning. On February 6, 1926 a large brick building was dedicated. It was three stories high, with measurements of 116 feet by 196 feet and accommodations for one thousand pupils. During the 1950's two important developments were made at our school. The first, centralization, took place in 1952. In September Lowville Free Academy became known as Lowville Academy and Central School. Soon it was evident that the school was overcrowded. On December 17, 1954 the taxpayers voted for the construction of an addition at the cost of 31,944,000 Later, 399,800 was provided for equipment, drive- ways and landscaping. The following fall, October 17, 1955, ground was broken for a new building. The structure provided rooms for grades kindergarten through six. A gymnasium with dimensions of 100' x 100' was added. A swimming pool, one of the few in northern New York, was built. An enlarged homemaking area and shop area were provided. Two new spacious cafeterias with a modern kitchen were added. In addition the old building was renovated, providing new offices for the adminis- tration. The auditorium had a complete face-lifting. The school system, including the country schools still in operation. now has a capacity for 2,100 students. In june of this memorable year, the 150th anniversary of the founding of the Academy, ninety-seven of us will be graduated. May we take our place among the many students who have gone before us, upholding the honor and integrity of this lasting Academy.



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TABLE OF CONTENTS DEDICATION ADMINISTRATION Principals Board of Education Faculty Cafeteria, Transportation ACTIVITIES Lowacadian Staff Student Councils National Honor Society French Club Noon Whistle Library Club F.H.A. F.F.A. F.B.L.A. Projector Operators Band Chorus junior High Chorus and Band Plays Athletics CLASSES-Grades 7-ll SENIORS Miss Lowacadian ADVERTISEMENTS PATRONS 6 5 8 9 10-13 14 18-19 20-21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 32-33 34-35 36-37 38 40-48 50-62 63-79 64 82-95 96

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