Sauquoit Valley Central High School - Saghdaquadah Yearbook (Sauquoit, NY)

 - Class of 1935

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Sauquoit Valley Central High School - Saghdaquadah Yearbook (Sauquoit, NY) online yearbook collection, 1935 Edition, Page 10
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1935 THE SIREN 1935 Evolution of "The Little Red Schoolhouse of Sauquoiti' Much interest has been shown in the education of the former days in Sauquoit. and the younger generation has been looking back at the pages of Sauquoit's history. Thus-the result is an account of some incidents in the gradual improvements of education in Sauquoit. At about 1867 Sauquoit was divided into districts, one of which was uThe Little Red Schoolhousef, This was a crude, low, one-room building where a lone teacher taught sixty-nine or seventy pupils their three "Rs,-reading, writing and 'rithmetic, besides grammar, spelling and a little geography. This building was located where Mr. Walter Keehleis home is now situated, on the state road. When this building was discarded as a schoolhouse, it was rebuilt. An entrance was added to the front of the building. This building was moved to another location and now is the home and store of Mr. William Mathews, who also lives on the state l'fJ2lf1. lluring this time, there was also another schoolhouse. 4'The Little White School- house" it was called. The studies were the same as in the other schools-the three "His," grammar, spelling and geography. The children played HPom-pom, pull-a- wayf' uliitty, kitty corner,'i and uFox and the C-eesef, This building was where Mr. Arthur Crilfithis home is at present situated, on the state road on the corner of Butler lioad. Later, Sauquoit decided that a better school was needed, and a new building was constructed. This building had two rooms, and, altogether, it was a much finer school than ever before. Here two teachers presided. This was a great improvement as it gave the pupils more advantages. This school is located on the land of Mrs. Ur. liurhyte and does the duty of sheltering automobiles. The old Crand Army Hall served as another district school. This building is still standing on the road at Norwich Corners beside the M. E. Church and is used for election purposes. Nestling among shady maples beside the M. E. Church, was the grand old academy, the pride of the valley. The approximate dates of this are 'l81l-41-1905. Here basketball was brought forth as a new sport, baseball and football were im- proved. The academy was kept in order by four or five teachers under a principal. New subjects such as German, French, Latin and higher English were taught. This school was located where the parsonage of M. E. Church is at present. Mr. Rogers, our agriculture teacher, now resides there. During 1905 Sauquoit High School was built where more subjects were taught and new teachers hired. As years passed on, the schools were improved, and in 1931-1932 Sauquoit and Clayville united to form the Sauquoit Valley Central High School. This-our school-was built on the location where Asa Gray, the great botanist, once lived. Here home economics, agriculture and chemistry were taught for the first time to Sauquoit pupils, although Clayville had taught chemistry for a few years before. The course of study is under the direction of a principal and various teachers. Ping- pong, wrestling, cross-country, and intramurals were added to the sport list. My opinion is that there has been a great improvement in education since the Little Red Schoolhouse. Students of this generation do not appreciate the ad- xantages they have today. Lois Keehle. Y 8

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