Woodhaven Schools: A Backward Glance
 

 
 

School #58

This was the main school in the old Woodhaven district, the Walker Avenue School, on the west side of 94th Street and south of 97th Ave. A three-room wooden frame building was erected in 1859 on land bought from Isaac W. Vanderveer in 1858 and served for decades as the only public school in Woodhaven. In 1892 more land was bought from the sons of John Pitkin and the old wooden building was torn down to make room for a large brick, three story & basement edifice. The cornerstone of the new building was laid on May 29, 1893. The new school opened in 1894 and was later enlarged with wings (1898). In May 1898 the school was renumbered from #1 to #58. duri8ng 1924-1927, P.S. served as an annex. The school was torn down in 1929-30 for the widening of Woodhaven Boulevard. The Principals were: Cyrus E. Smith 1898-1917 and C.B. Jameson 1918-1930.

School #59

At the northwest corner of 83rd Street & 95th Avenue. The site was bought from Florian Grosjean in 1890. A two story & attic brick school was erected in 1890 but the building was all but destroyed by the cyclone of July 13, 1895. The School Board dismantled the ruins, bought an adjoining plot from Florian Grosjean and began building a newer and larger school on Feb. 17, 1896. The cornerstone was laid on Apr. 29, 1896, and the new building was opened for use on Sept. 8, 1896. The new school was a two-story and basement brick building with a center tower. It was enlarged in 1902, doubling the number of classrooms. In May 1898 the school was renumbered from #2 to #59.The Principals were: 1898-1900 Martin Joyce; 1901-1910 Edwin H. Chase; 1911-1916 Martin Joyce; and 1917-Mary E. McQuirk.

School #60

North side of 87th Road midway between 80th and 85th Streets. The site was bought in 1892 and an additional parcel in 1897. This small one and one half story wooden frame building was erected in 1893. The school was renumbered from #3 to #60 in 1898. For most of its existence the little building served as an annex of #59 (1898-1917) and later of #97. The Principals were: 1899-Martin Joyce; and 1903-1909-Edward H. Chase.

School #61

The old Brooklyn Hills School, on the south side of 89th Avenue, midway between 102nd and 104th Streets. The site was bought in 1892 and the school was erected in 1893. It was a small 1 1/2 story wooden frame school, an architectural duplicate of P.S. #60. After 1922 P.S. #61 became an annex of P.S. #66. The Principals were: 1898-1903 Cyrus E. Smith; 1904-1905-Frances H. Selley; 1906-1920 Kate M. Westbay; and 1921- Alonzo Cornell.

School #63

The original #63 (old #6) was on the south side of Pitkin Avenue at the foot of Sitka Street. This was a small 1 1/2 story wooden frame building on land bought from William B. Doxsey in Sept. 1897. The school was erected in 1898. In 1926-7 the school had to be torn down when Linden Boulevard was put through. A new school was erected on a new site on the north side of Sutter Avenue between 90th and 91st Streets. The old building served as an annex for P.S. #46 (1918-1923) and then for P.S. #58 (1924-1927). Long called the South Woodhaven School. Principals were: 1898-1900 Martin Joyce and 1901- Edwin H. Chase. New school begins in 1928 with John A. Loope as principal.

School #64

(Old #7) on the north side of 101 st Avenue between 82nd and 83rd Streets, just two blocks away from and directly south of P.S. #59. The site was bought in September 1897 and the school was erected in 1898. The school was a 2 1/2 story brick building, enlarged in 1902. This school and #65 were architectural duplicates. Opened in Sept. 1901. The Principals were: 1903-1909 Edward H. Chase; 1910-1917; 1918-1919 B.C. Peixcote; 1920-1924 Mabel Sondheim; 1925-1928 Elizabeth Clark; 1929- Jennie M. Langthorne.

School #65

On the west side of 78th street between 87th Avenue & 87th Road. The site was bought from Charles V. Lott in September 1897 and the school was erected in 1898. It was a 2 1/2 story brick building, a duplicate of #64, and enlarged in 1905. Before 1918 the school acted as an annex of #59, after 1918 as an annex of #97. The Principals were: 1898-1900 Martin Joyce;; 1901-1917 Edwin H. Chase; 1918-1928 Martin Joyce and 1929- Mary G. Hickey.

School #66

The Brooklyn Hills School, on the east side of 102nd Street between 85th Avenue and 85th Road. A large brick 2 1/2 story & basement building with a central tower, an architectural duplicate of School #64. Built in 1898 and enlarged in 1906 and 1908. Opened Feb. 1, 1901. Principals were: 1903-William A. Drummond; 1904-1907 Frances A. Seeley; 1908-1911 Charles B. Jameson; 1912-1925 Frances H. Seeley; 1926-1930 Joseph E. Gafney.

School #97

On the West side of 85th Street between 85th Drive and 86 Ave. in the Forest Park East section. A modern brick school, four stories high and built in modified Collegiate Gothic style with castellated roof. Built 1916 and opened in 1917. Principals were: 1917-1928 Martin Joyce; 1929 Maxwell F. Litwin.

 

Website: The History Box.com
Article Name: Woodhaven Schools: A Backward Glance
Researcher/Transcriber Miriam Medina

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BIBLIOGRAPHY: The Story of Woodhaven and Ozone Park by Vincent F. Seyfried; Queens Community Series; 1985
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