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Drawing of original Boston Latin School
Early Latin School Building

The names of many Boston streets have changed over time. One has stayed the same: School Street. That’s where the first public school in the English-speaking Americas was established in 1635, one year before Harvard College. It continues today as the Boston Latin School. Five of the 56 signers of the Declaration of Independence attended the school.1

Hopscotch court on School Street at site of original Latin school
Site of original
Latin School today

The site of the original school is marked today by a hopscotch court on School Street in front of the Old City Hall.

Hopscotch court on School Street at site of original Latin school
School Street

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  1. Boston Latin School web site.

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