On this day: the Boston Latin School was established in 1635

1920 English High School Boston October

The school as it was in October, 1920.

The oldest public school and oldest surviving school in the United States, the Boston Latin School was established on the 23rd of April, 1635.

 First Boston Latin School House. Circa 1635.

First schoolhouse, circa 1635.

Modelled on the Boston Grammar School in Lincolnshire, England, the school would go on to produce famous alumni, including five signers of the Declaration of Independence, and also many a famous dropout, including Benjamin Franklin.

Helen Magill White

Helen Magill White

The school refused entry to women until the second half of the nineteenth century. Helen Magill White, the first woman in the United States to earn a doctorate, was the school’s first female graduate. The school’s first female principal took on the job in 1998.