Brooklyn’s brand-new public schools

At the turn of the last century, the city experienced a huge school-construction boom. These two spanking-new elementary schools were apparently a point of pride for Brooklyn; The Eagle included them in a Brooklyn postcard series. Can you imagine a city paper doing that today? Nah.

PS 32 in Carroll Gardens still stands. It’s now called the Samuel Mills Sprole School, named after the man who was its principal for 32 years until his death in 1905.

PS 56 appears to no longer exist, at least in this location. But it’s a beautiful building nonetheless, easy to imagine lots of little kids crowding around the little yard.

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2 Responses to “Brooklyn’s brand-new public schools”

  1. Amanda Says:

    The Carroll Gardens school reminds me very much of one of the PSes (PS 342, or perhaps I am misremembering?) at Vanderbilt and Sterling in Prospect Heights–not the fancy old P.S. 9, but the even older and more staid-looking one across the street. I’ve always been curious about that one. Anyone know where there might be old pics?

  2. leslie hulkower Says:

    i went to PS 56 in the 50’s .it was replaced years later with a different number.anyone out there from the 50’s?

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