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History of Naples High School
Naples High School has had a long and honorable history. For nearly a century
it has rendered to the people of the community a service worthy of the support accorded
it. Thousands of children have passed through its portalsg some to glorious success
in the business world: some to places of note in the political and professional life of
the state and nation but the great majority to the ordinary walks of life-where the
great lessons of thrift, integrity, and high ideals, learned in Naples High School have
served them well.
Public education has always been a problem and back in Colonial times, the
problem was with the people as it is now. Little can be gleaned of the facts regarding
education or educational facilities from the founding of Naples, prior to the Revolu-
tionary War until about 1850. Private schools Hourished and then waned. Spas-
modic attempts at establishing common schools met with indifferent success.
ln the decade 1850-60, the people of Naples became interested in acquiring better
educational facilities and sentiment gradually grew, culminating in the founding of
Naples Academy in 1858. This was a private institution, the subscribers raising the
funds with which to carry out the project. Names always known to Naples appear in
the list of subscribers-Maxfield, Monier, Lyon, Powell, Sutton, Covel. On March
10th, 1859, the Regents of the University of the State of New York granted the
Naples Academy a charter. Two years later, the building project was completed
and the building occupied. For nearly thirty years, Naples Academy enjoyed a high
reputation for scholarship and it drew its patronage from far and wide. All this time
the Academy was governed by a Board of Trustees chosen by the stockholders in the
original undertaking. In 1897, due to certain changes in the Education Laws of the
state, it was deemed advisable to form a union school district. Accordingly the three
districts in the village were consolidated and Naples High School came into existence.
With the school now under the direct control of the public, a new interest was
awakened in the hearts and -minds of the townspeople. The curriculum was broad-
ened: the faculty enlarged and the grand old school went on doing its great work. A
training course for teachers was first instituted in 1906. Since that time up to and
including the present, Naples High School pupils have had the advantagerof this
privilege-with the exception of a few years during the World War period.
From the very beginning, great pride was manifested in the establishment and
maintenance of a splendid library. At no time was there any stinting in this direction.
Other things might wait for lack of funds but the library-never. For the past
score years this library has been known as the Hiram Maxfield Memorial Library
and Mr. Dennison H. Maxfield has generously matched each dollar the Board of
Education expends upon the library. As a result, Naples High School pupils enjoy
one of the finest school libraries in the state of New York.
We have tried to briefly trace the development of Naples High School. In our
limited space, we could not give recognition to the splendid work of hundreds of
loyal teachers, trustees and pupils who gave unselfish service to the cause of public
education in Naples. These Hne people had caught the vision-somewhere and some-
how. Today we enjoy the fruits of their labor. They builded well. In closing, we
fervently hope that Naples High School pupils will recognize the gloriousness of
our school history, that they will always strive to uphold its honor and to cherish
W. E. G.
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Forward Naples! lVIake her maples,
Quiver with our cheer:
Let our rally, stir the valley,
Victory is near.
Keep the Green and Wlxite advancing,
Let our colors Hy.
So we'll honor Alma Mater,
Dear old Naples High.
Forward Naples! Forward Naples!
Tally one for her.
Cut another notch for Naples,
Let us not deter.
For her honor, we are striving,
Her welll glorify.
Shout aloud for Alma lwater,
Dear old Naples High.
Tune: "On Wisconsin!" Words by K. P. Shedd.
Onward and Upward Green and White
N.H.S.! N.H.S.! She's all right! Yes! Yes! Yes!
Rickety, rickety, sis, boom bah
Naples High School, Rah! Rah! Rah!
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