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Graduating Class School No. 11 - 1939

Graduating Class School No. 11 - 1939

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City Of Elmira

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Per Joyce Tice's site:



FOR 30 years since Elmira opened her first district grammar school, the growth of the city had been west as well as south and north. Grove Street had ceased to be the western boundary. School Number Two no longer could accommodate the west side population.

In September 1907, the new Number Eleven School was opened with Mr. F.C. Ruffhead as principal with 3 grades and 3 teachers--the primary grades. Though the school was large enough for 10 classes, the introduction of the grades was gradual, beginning with the primary, in accordance with the practice of relieving congestion by means of opening additional primary grades, that the littlest ones need not walk so far.

By 1904, the number of grades had been increased to 8. In that year, the first class was graduated.



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