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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.
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.
ks: if . 'f V
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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
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
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
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
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
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TABLE OF CONTENTS
Board of Education
National Honor Society
junior High Chorus and Band
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