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History of The Homer Academy and Union School

History of The Homer Academy and Union School
The information for this page was gathered from documents found in the archives of the Homer Central School District.  We would appreciate your help in adding to these pages and verifying its correctness.  Please contact Nancy McLaughlin, Homer High School, PO Box 500, Homer, NY  13077, nmclaughlin@homercentral.org.

Homer Academy (1869) Old Cortland Academy (1919) New Homer Academy


$40.78 appropriated for use of common school in town of Homer


Certificate from the Regents of the State of New York for incorporation of the Cortland Academy - Homer Academy chartered on the site of the Methodist Church


Female portion of school established


Music department added


Languages, mathematics, & common English branches assigned


Library contains 1115 volumes and expends $2,350/year for 6 teacher salaries

July 1846

1st Jubilee of the Homer Academy


New Homer Academy building erected (burned in 1893)


Homer Academy & Union School


5 districts consolidated in Union district number 1 of Homer


Board of Education established


Old Cortland Academy becomes Homer Academy & Union School


1st edition of the Philologian Gazette published (HS student newspaper)


Homer Academy & Union School


Faculty decides to let the Regents’ Academic take place of the usual term examination


Alumni constitution adopted at the 1st Alumni meeting.  All graduates of Homer (former Cortland) Academy are requested to join the Association

June 1890

Semi-centennial Jubilee celebration of the Homer Academy


Homer Academy burns


Every child 8-16 must attend school between Oct 1 & June


Alumni register & annual dues of 25¢ established


Cornerstone of the new Normal School on West Court St. was laid

 Inscription: “Original building erected 1867 – enlarged 1891 – burned 1919, this building erected 1922”

Inside contents:  Cortland Standard; Cortland Democrat; names of board, faculty, and students; pictures of old normal school, ruins, and fire; and articles from the old normal corner stone. 


1st Union Service (baccalaureate) & 81st commencement of Cortland Normal School


High School building added


Parent-teacher Association established, 60 members secured


Funds come from teacher donations


Goals:  Take over the task of providing free milk to needy children in school (formally done by Sennightly Club) – 36 students currently served.  Additional welfare work begun - buy stockings & underwear for those in need.


Cortland Academy (located where current building is) founded 2/2/1819


PTA becomes David-Harum Parent-Teacher Association


150 students served milk


PTA adopts a resolution for the adoption of a kindergarten school


Graduation Requirements:

 Pass Regents Exam covering 4 years English


Pass Regents in 2 years history (1 being Am History)

1 subject of special study for 3-4 years (history, science, math, Latin, French, homemaking, or agriculture)        


PTA Milk program extended to 7 & 8th graders


Dental clinic established


PTA Shoe Fund funded by the Chamber of Commerce to supply shoes, rubbers, & over shoes to needy children


PTA secures uniforms for the band


PTA starts a project to build tennis courts


PTA purchases glasses, funds tonsil operations, & sponsors medical exams and a Girl Scout troop


PTA milk project given up because of distribution difficulties – money given to teachers for books & equipment


Homer Academy becomes centralized and name was changed to Homer Central School


PTA has 419 members


Dedication of Homer Central High School & Elementary School

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