Over the years there have been numerous schools throughout town, and, the town has been divided into several school districts, ever changing until it became the first centralized district in New York.

Use the two maps below to visualize some of this.  The Beers map shows when the town had eight districts, 1 - 7 and 11.  Why 8-10 were skipped is a bit of a mystery.  The second map shows some of the schools in 1858 (the Merry Map) and the third map shows the various schools and institutions of learning before the formation of School District No 1.

Beers Map 22 showing 8 districts in 1868 Numbered 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 and 11

Merry Map 1858

School Map

The story of the Cornelia Storrs Memorial School for Girls is quite interesting.  Former trustee Jim Lundy wrote a very comprehensive bulletin about Cornelia, her family the Keelers, the founding of North Salem and the formation of Central School District No. 1.  He also added a few appendices on his Recollections of  his early school years, growing up in the Bogtown area of North Salem and the Purdys Railroad Station.

Cornelia Storrs by Jim Lundy

Growing Up Bogtown by Jim Lundy

School History by Jim Lundy