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Donald Henry Yonker-a true friend
thorough in all things-whose con-
stant searching for truth not only in
physical sciences but in the science
of humanity, and especially of youth,
is a genuine inspiration to those with
whom he Works-Whose sense of
duty admits no limit to the time and
energy devoted to the interests of
the students-who has aided mater-
ially and spiritually in the produc-
tion of this Echo-whose strength of
character and integrity of purpose
are reflected in the highest ideals of
Vassar High School, this book is
respectfully dedicated by the Class
of Nineteen Thirty-eight.
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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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