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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

1798

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

2/2/1819

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

@1824

Female portion of school established

1830

Music department added

1832

Languages, mathematics, & common English branches assigned

1846

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

July 1846

1st Jubilee of the Homer Academy

1869

New Homer Academy building erected (burned in 1893)

1873

Homer Academy & Union School

 

5 districts consolidated in Union district number 1 of Homer

 

Board of Education established

1874

Old Cortland Academy becomes Homer Academy & Union School

2/2/1880

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

1880

Homer Academy & Union School

 

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

6/28/1881

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

1893

Homer Academy burns

1911

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

 

Alumni register & annual dues of 25¢ established

5/1/1922

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. 

6/26/1922

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

1925

High School building added

1926

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.

 1926

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

1930

PTA becomes David-Harum Parent-Teacher Association

 

150 students served milk

1931

PTA adopts a resolution for the adoption of a kindergarten school

 1931

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)        

1932

PTA Milk program extended to 7 & 8th graders

 

Dental clinic established

 1933

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

1938

PTA secures uniforms for the band

1939

PTA starts a project to build tennis courts

1941

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

1944

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

1946

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

 

PTA has 419 members

6/22/1952

Dedication of Homer Central High School & Elementary School


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