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Court House Square, page 4

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The first minutes that have been found recording the meetings of the Board of Trustees begin with the date, November 23, 1865.

The school, the first publicly supported educational school in Western Maryland, was at times co-educational and at others "strictly for the boys." There were private schools for girls and for girls and boys co-existing with the Academy. In 1850 when the new building opened there was a private school for young ladies in the Washington Street building now known as the Professional Building—then called Terpsichorean Hall!

For all the later years of its existence the Academy was co-educational.

In 1929, the Academy built seventy-nine years before, was no longer suitable for the requirements of a modern school and in June of that year the famous old school, the only one of its kind left in Maryland closed its doors.

The long and interesting history spanned the development of the community from the little frontier village that grew up after the Revolution to the second incorporated city in Maryland.

Built on the parade ground of Fort Cumberland, once under Washington's personal command, the Academy sent forth her sons to take a noble part in every conflict from the War of 1812 through World War I. And many noted Cumberland names may be found in the Academy records both among the faculty and students.


Mary G. Walsh

The Centennial Parade of 1889 down Baltimore Street. President Benjamin Harrison is seated in the second carriage at the front of the procession. From Herman J. Miller Collection of historical pictures.


Collection Location:
Ruth Enlow Library, Oakland

Original Size:
22 x 15 cms

Editor: Felix G. Robinson

Maryland, History


Western Maryland Regional Library
100 South Potomac Street
Hagerstown, Maryland 21740

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