Site of former Rome Academy (razed), Rome Free Academy, and Rome Junior High School (razed)
The site that is now home to the Rome Police Department and City Court was once home to the first high school (Rome Academy; 1848 - approx.1869), the first public high school (Rome Free Academy, 1869-1926), and then the first junior high school (Rome Junior High;1926-1958) in Rome.
Backstory and Context
The property on the corner of N. James and Court St. was give by Rome founder Dominick Lynch to house the school with the stipulation that the land always be used for educational purposes.1 Note the steeple visible behind the police station. This was also visible behind Rome Free Academy and Rome Junior High.
1Lowerre, Walter. History of the Rome School System. Rome. Jervis Public Library, 1960. This excerpt from a paper written by Mr. Lowerre, Superintendent of Rome's schools, was turned into a pamphlet by Jervis Library and is available in their Local History collection.