Hornby School and class and faculty circa 1890
Hornby school and class, 1919
Hornby School as it looked in 1970 after 20 years of neglect and a couple years before it was restored.
Hornby School as it looks today
Backstory and Context
The school was known as Shadduck School until 1900, when it was changed to reflect the name of the nearest post office, Hornby.The school's belfry was also erected in 1900. Hornby School was closed in 1956 after the township became a part of the Wattsburg Area School District and the Greenfield Elementary School was completed. The property, including the building and its contents, were subsequently auctioned off.
The Hornby School Restoration Society was formed and the school, along with a one-half acre of land, was donated to the organization in 1973; an additional half acre was donated in 1991. Hornby School was reopened on August 26, 1984, and now functions as a museum. It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places on August 13, 2008.
The Hornby School is a working one-room schoolhouse and replicates the operation of the school from the 1870s to the early 1900s. Of the ten constructed in Greenfield Township and the six that survived to the 1940s, it is the only one that was not modified: one is an automotive parts store, three are residential homes, and another burned down in a fire. All of the "chalkboards, desks and other teaching implements" were original to Hornby School or were from one of the other schoolhouses in the township. The only other one-room schoolhouse in the county is located on the campus of Northwestern High School in Albion, PA.