Boston Latin School
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Traveller
New York City, NY3,215 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2021
I visited the site of the original Boston Latin School in November 2021 as part of doing the Freedom Trail. This is the oldest public school in the United States. I was reading my Freedom Trail guide book when I realized that I had walked past it and had to backtrack. Right next to the King's Chapel, there is a mosaic in the sidewalk which marks the spot of the Old Boston Latin School. The mosaic is beautiful and worth a photo (I had to wait until people cleared out so I could take a photo). The building near the mosaic is the Old City Hall. There is a statue of Benjamin Franklin in front.
Written 1 December 2021
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retireeVancouver
Vancouver, Canada1,829 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2019
The marker for Boston's first school is on the sidewalk adjacent to the Old City Hall. Surrounded by a red brick frame, this marker reminded me of a child's hop-scotch, except that it had images of children playing on a school ground in the squares as well as the usual numbers and alphabet letters around the whole image. At the top of the "hop-scotch" was an image of the school that once stood at this location. The script in the hop-scotch gave the dimensions of the school, built in 1635, as 40 feet long x 20 feet wide and that it had 2 levels of windows - 8 on the ground floor and 4 in the roof. The students were taught reading, writing, mathematics and Latin judging by the Latin inscriptions on the image and the word in its name. Also shown were the names of famous alumni like Sam Adams, John Hancock, Ben Franklin, and RW Emerson. On a wall above the sidewalk memorial to Boston's first public school was a framed poster providing more information about the school - its founding date, the naming of School Street, and that by 1745 Indian students were accepted and didn't have to pay. Our guide on the Freedom Trail walk pointed out this site to us; otherwise we could have missed it as we would have been looking for a red-brick school building.
Written 29 October 2019
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on_the_go_98765
Tucson20,631 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2019
Puritans stressed education as it was necessary to be able to read the bible. This Boston Latin School (boy's school) was established in 1635 but you'll not be able to tour it unless you are a Bostonian and have a child being considered for admission. Today, 2,400 pupils attend this prestigious school.

It is still a very imposing landmark along the Freedom Trail and sits behind the King's Church Burial Ground.
Written 8 October 2019
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Kim G
Pacific Grove, CA3,645 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2018
Along The Freedom Trail and worthy of inspection lies an interesting, unique and somewhat complex, colorful mosaic representing the original site of the 1635 Boston Latin School, the oldest public school in America. Whether rich or poor, the school was open to all. The original Boston Latin School was torn down for expansion of King's Chapel; however, the school is still in existence having relocated to other locals. In 1972 Boston Latin School started its acceptance of female students as well. Five of the signers of the Declaration of Independence attended Boston Latin School: Samuel Adams, John Hancock, Robert Treat Paine, William Hooper and Benjamin Franklin, who unbelievably was the only one of the five who did not graduate. Here stands the statue of Benjamin Franklin which should be viewed from four directions, representing differing aspects of his famous life.
Written 25 August 2019
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mlorahga
Augusta, GA1,507 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2018
The Latin School is a credit to American Capitalism. An old school building, is credited as being the first restoration and re-purposing of a historic public building into commercial space. Today it is a Ruth's Criss Steakhouse.
Written 18 August 2019
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bLiselotte
Palatine, IL598 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2019 • Solo
This is just a Placque in the sidewalk as a memorial. Do not go out of your way to find this. It is along the Freedom Trail so just incorporate it into your walk.
Written 12 July 2019
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MeryMeCo
Galesburg, IL939 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2019 • Couples
We bought an app for walking downtown Boston's Freedom Trail and used it several times before making our trip to Boston. So it was fun when we got to see the sites we read about and put it all into perspective. Benjamin Franklin was a dropout from this school. So it was fun to see where it is and what it looks like.
Written 15 May 2019
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EFW2014
Woolwich, ME1,435 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2018 • Couples
It’s a big plaque on the sidewalk indicating where the first public school was. As it’s along the trail your not wasting time to find it, so it’s worth the quick read.
Written 26 December 2018
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misopiso88
Seattle, WA25,273 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2018 • Family
This is a plaque which memorializes the location of the first public school in the US. Pretty cool but not a lot to see.
Written 26 November 2018
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Mark42139
New York City, NY1,647 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2018 • Couples
This is the site of the first public school in the U.S. and where Benjamin Franklin and other founding fathers went to school.
Written 19 August 2018
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