Old News – New School

Pittsford had a new school on Lincoln Ave. in 1917. Even though the title of the article says it is a High School, it was used for all grades until 1953 when Sutherland High School was built. Then it served as just an elementary school until 1971. The building was then sold to the Town who now uses it as offices for the Department of Parks and Recreation.


Thursday, Sept. 6, 1917

Opening of Pittsford’s Ninety Thousand Dollar High School Building

Louis O. Forman was elected president of the board of education of the Pittsford High school, at a meeting of the board held Monday evening. He succeeds R. Edward Gaskin, who tendered his resignation. The board decided to open the new school building Monday, September 10th, for regular sessions, although work has not been entirely finished in some parts of the building.

Fire destroyed the old building on March 4, 1916, and since then the sessions have been held in the Town, Fire and Masonic halls, and session rooms of five village churches, under difficult conditions. A lot adjoining the former site was purchased at a cost of $2,000, an appropriation of $87,000 was made and now after work of nearly a year, the splendid new building is ready. It contains twenty-six room, that will be of service not only for school purposes, but also as a social center. They comprise a combined auditorium and gymnasium, office, library, eight grade rooms, the kindergarten, the high school assembly, five class rooms, two laboratories, two dressing rooms, kitchen and lunch room. There is a basement and first and second floors, besides a sub-basement, where the combined hot air and hot water plant is located. The entire structure is most modern and up to date in every detail.

The kindergarten is an innovation this year, responding to the sentiment of the community. Separate entrances, exits and playground are provided and the service of Miss Pearl Smith, a graduate of Oswego Normal, has been secured. She will be instructor in music for the school. The full requirements of the new physical and military training law will be met with the large gymnasium and Harold E. Ryan, LaCroose, Wis., will be in charge. The large lunch room and kitchen has been equipped through the efforts of the Parent Teacher Club at a cost of $250. It is expected that a course in home economics will develop from this provision, also provide now, for the large number of out of town pupils. Last year there were about seventy-five non-resident pupils, but the number this year cannot be estimated as most registrations are made on the opening of school.

In accordance with state requirements the nucleus of a good library has been promised with all new books. A state law makes this library a public one and anyone in the community is privileged to draw books. It will be open Tuesdays and Thursdays after the close of school.

Mr. Charles Benge just completed the school census, which shows 332 names of children between five and eighteen years of age, an increase of nine over last year, and fifty-one of these names are new.