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Wednesday, February 1, 2017
A Brief History of Corning ,N.Y. Northside High School
For Sale in 2014
The last blog posting shows the postcard of a Northside High School.
A former Lindley resident was curious as to the date. Using the Internet, he found a copy of the postcard dated 1905. After a discussion about the age of the Northside High School that has been in recent Corning Leader news articles, he located a September 14,1927 article on the Fulton Archival Newspaper website that said the new high school had opened . Corresponding with him about the date and other information regarding the school had piqued my curiosity .
Knowing that so many Lindley residents had attended a Corning Northside High School or had a connection with it, I decided to research the history of the schools. As Town Lindley Historian , I had provided Ian Mackenzie with information about the Lindley one room schools when he was writing his book -"The Birth of Education In One Room Country Schools. The Story of all the one room and other schools in the Corning-Painted Post Area School District, New York from 1793 to 1957 published in 2005. I decided to check his book for information.
The first schools on the Corning Northside were log cabins or wood buildings -starting in 1793 on Wallace Street-followed by others on Jennings, Sly and Flint Ave.
In 1888, Knoxville Village ( which is now known as Corning, N.Y.'s Northside) built a brick school for $12,000 on the Northeast corner of Jennings and Sly Ave. (Now the Gregg Elementary School pavedSchool Ground). There were 120 students grade 1-8 and classrooms for high school.
In 1895, additional classrooms were added on the east end of the building for $6000
In 1897, the first high school students graduated -- 3 girls
In 1898 6 more high school students graduated
In 1889-90, a teacher training class was started above a local store.
In 1903, an annex was added on thewest endof the building and the Teachers Training class moved into the building.
(1888 building with East and West Additions )
In 1910, another high school was approved . It cost $50,000plus $10,000 for the land . It was built on the opposite side of Jennings St. on the east side of Flint Ave.
(Between what is now Jennings St. and the Patterson Inn .-the parking lot for the Hugh Gregg Elementary School)
The Grammar School remained in the old building across the street.
In 1925 ,still another high school was approved on Princeton and Kingsbury Ave.
This opened in 1927 and cost $450,000. The 1910 building became the Northside Grammar School grades for grades 5 -7 .
1-4 remained in the 1888 building (with the early additions) -(-Primary Grammar School
In 1932, 82 students graduated from the new high school.
In 1952, $210,000 was approved for a new Elementary School (Hugh Gregg ) on Jennings and Flint Ave -west of the old school buildings.
In 1953, Kindergarten to 3rd grade began attending this-while 4th to 6th graders went across the street to (Northside Grammar School ) until 1971 .
In 1954 , Corning /Painted Post schools became a consolidated district
In 1957, the old Primary School was razed foran additiontothe Hugh Gregg Elementary .
New elementary schools were opened throughout the district. One room schools were closed .
In 1963, East and West High Schools opened and Northside High School became Northside Middle School for grades 7-9. Later called Northside Blodgett Middle School.
In 1971, the 1910 building was demolished -area now a parking lot.
In September 2014, One Corning/Painted Post High School opened on East High School site. West High School became a Middle School.
Northside Blodgett Middle School had a For Sale Sign on it.
September 19,2016, Corning /Painted Post School District voters approved the sale of Northside Middle School for $200,000. Arbor Housing and Development had made a purchase offer. ( The school would be demolished and one family homes built on the site.)
January 26, 2017, City of Corning and Arbor announced that $480,150 had been received to demolish the school and new homes will occupy the 5 acres. Project expect to start in Spring 2017
The bell is from the first Northside High School-1888
Northside Blodgett Middle School
A personal note
My husbandlived on Corning Northside when he started school . He remembers the Grammar School having a stairway and a bell. In 5th grade he remembered going across the street to the 1910 High School and seeing the date 1928. ( I am guessing this is the year the 1910 High School became the Grammar School. In 1943, his family moved to Lindley where he attended the 6th grade in the one room Station School on River Road . He likes to tell his Grandchildren that he was the smartest and dumbest in that grade. He was the only student in that grade.!!!!!!!!!!!!!
II I found Ian's book very helpfulandinformative. I would like to thank him for all his time, effort and research that it took to document the local Corning-Painted Post Schools' history. Rather than try to duplicate his work, I have tried to summarize his documentation with enough dates and brief descriptions that Blog Readers will be able to recognize the various schools mentioned. The colored photos can be found by googling the various school names .The wonders oft the internet..!!!!!!!
Thanks Ian and Larry for sparking my curiosity about the school that will soon be a thing of the past. If readers would like to know more details from Ian's book -I am sure there are copies in local Libraries, the Historical Societies , Museums or book stores. Of course, the Internet is also a great resource as is the Fulton newspaper website
Enjoy thehistoryof one of Corning's popular high schools. Kitty Please excuse the format at the end. Looks great on my computer but blog and the computer had a different version when I post it and all my efforts to change aren't working.. Sigh Kitty