Pocantico School Buildings General Timeline- Total 5 separate school houses!
Pre-1880's Squash Hill School (Building #1)
Located appox. where the current school is. It was one room, unpainted, and held up by a pole. No photos available. Location on map. Dates back to at least 1830's.
1880's-1893 Pocantico Hills School (Building # 2)
Land was deed for one dollar by Harriet Wheeler. In the 1880s the Pocantico Hills School was located on the south side of Bedford Road, several hundred yards southeast of the Lowrey mansion. By 1893 the school had outgrown its building, and the trustees rented the Lyceum as a classroom for the primary grades and employed another teacher. In 1895 it was determined by the community to build a new school. The one-story frame structure (still stands?) and is known as the Ferguson House.
1891 Lyceum (used temporarily as school 1893-1897) (Building #3)
1897- 1932 Pocantico Union Free School (Building # 4)
On a one acre tract donated by John D, Rockefeller, Sr., near the Rock Cut, the new school opened in September 1897. It was 4 rooms for 3 teachers. This building has since been razed.
1932-September 7th, Pocantico Hills Central School Opens (Building # 5) - Current Main Building.
January 15, 1930 members met at Lyceum to form Pocantico School Disctrict, abandoning Sleepy Hollow and East View Schoolhouses. In 1931 several acres were donated by John D. Rockefeller, Jr. and paid half the price of the school.
Ray Walker was first Principal until 1949.
1955- Pocantico Expansion #1 Opens
1958- Pocantico outdoor pool opens
1973- Pocantico 2nd Expansion
2007- Pocantico renovation with $5 million bond
|Pocantico history with detailed dates (written in the 1970's) https://storage.rockarch.org/FA443_4.pdf|
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