From the Vault: Back to School
“A word about our schools,” noted the Rocky Mountain Sun on Sept. 4, 1886. “Monday next is opening day for the Aspen public schools. There are many reasons for anticipating a more successful year than any in the past. The buildings will be in perfect order, with no repetition of last year’s waiting for workmen to get out of the way. The Central building now has water upstairs and down; the grading of the grounds has made them proof against mud; Mr. Hale’s magic brush has made the furniture brighter than new; while the blackboards have been touched up until night is pale in comparison. Nine teachers are engaged for the coming year; and these have been selected, owing to their excellent recommendations, from among a number of applicants exceeding thirty. It is the policy of the educational board to employ only such teachers as have demonstrated, in the best schools elsewhere, their ability to do successful work of the very kind and grade to which they are assigned here. Aspen cannot yet afford a normal training school; and, until such time, only full-fledged teachers need apply. The number of pupils resident in the city is nearly or quite one hundred above that of last year; and nothing would be more pleasing to educational people than to see all who are eligible in attendance upon the opening day. Now is a splendid time to urge careless parents and apathetic pupils to make the most of their opportunities. Who will take the pains to hint to our grown-up boys that there is more glory to be achieved by close application at school than by reading dime novels?” The photograph above shows students in the street in front of the Lincoln School, which was located on the corner of Bleeker and Center (now Garmisch) streets, in the late 1800s.
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