School 15 First Modern School in Albany

A great diversity of students mirrored the neighborhood

The first modern school in Albany

Built in 1871, it was modeled on Boston’s Shurtleff Grammar School by Albany architects, Edward Ogden and Frank P. Wright. It was the city’s first modern, scientifically planned school building (McEneny 2008). The first school in Albany based on this Boston model; individual classrooms for different ages. The school was destroyed by fire in the mid 1980s and the lot currently remains empty.

A 1928 National Urban League (NUL) survey stated there were 261 African American children in Albany schools. School 15 had 45 of them. It was the most diverse school with African Americans, Polish, Jewish, Spanish, Italian, Chinese, Gypsy and native-born whites representing the South End community (Lemak 2008)

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The vacant lot where PS# 15 used to be

The vacant lot where PS# 15 used to be

The corner of Herkimer Street and Franklin Street, Albany NY 12202 | Creator: Orville Abrahams View File Details Page

Empty lot or former PS#15

Empty lot or former PS#15

The corner of Herkimer Street and Franklin Street, Albany NY 12202 | Creator: Orville Abrahams View File Details Page

Street Address:

Corner of Herkimer and Franklin Streets [map]

Official Website:

http://www.albanyschools.org/

Cite this Page:

Orville Abrahams, “School 15 First Modern School in Albany,” Albany Walks for Health, accessed July 22, 2018, http://www.albanywalksforhealth.com/items/show/147.

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