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PRESENT SCHOOL BUILDING ON NORTH MAIN STREET
History of Vassar Public Schools
The progress of Vassar has been marked. by the increasing ex-
cellence of its school system. The first school in Vassar was held only
a few months after the town was officially organized, in 1851. It was
started through the efforts of Townsend North, the well known founder
of Vassar. The "Curtis Shanty", 0.1 South Main Street, where the Vas-
sar Dairy now stands, was used for a school house. Miss Augusta Slafter
was hired to conduct school for three months during the summer, at a
salary of one dollar and a half per week and the privilege of 'boardinf
around' with the parents of pupils. It is an interesting fact that Tefl
Slafter and Ted Hart, Seniors this year, are distantly related .to Mis:
The next year a frame school house was built. D. G. Wilder.
Charles Fonda, and A. J. Leach taught here during' the terms of 1852
and 1853. This served as a school building for several years. In 1860
a brick school house was built on the place where the High School now
stands. Mr. Keyes was the t"rst principal in this new building. It was
graded in 1864 bv ex-congressman IC. P. Allen. but diplomas were not
granted until 1871.
An addition was made to this building in 1881, to provide for in-
creased enrollment. Later, excavations were made for basements, but
work was never completed. Cement steps were built to replace the
original wooden ones.
ln 1886 a school was built on the east side of the river. This was
later named the McKinley School in honor of President McKinley. At
one time the mothers of children in this school formed a lVIother's Club.
This organization accomplished, among other fine things. the remodeling
of the basement of the McKinley School into a playroom for the children.
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Another small school
was built in 12569.
'1'n1s was known as
tne Townsend Norm
bcnool. 'ine build-
ing, on Maple Street,
has now been con-
verted into a two-
Catastrophe in the
form of a Iire, came
in 1917. Since it
happened at night
theie were no casual-
ties, but it was a
serious loss to the
community, as not
only tue school
building, but also
many valuable re-
cords, were destroy-
ed. A new school
building was imme-
diately started, and
completed in time for
the fallterm of 1918.
Recent progress in
Vassar Schools has
been the completion
and dedication ol'
the New Addition on
SECOND SCHOOL BUILDING
January 21, 1937. An ever increasing attendance has
demanded a larger building. The Addition was made possible through the
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FIRST BUILDING ON SOUTH MAIN
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