The Milne School
The Milne School, frequently referred to as Milne High School, was the campus laboratory school for what is now known as the University at Albany, State University of New York, located in Albany, New York. Its mission was to provide a location for prospective teachers to do their practice teaching. It may have been among the first practice-teaching schools in the United States, having opened in 1845.
The Milne School was named for Dr. William J. Milne, a former president of the State Normal College, one of the earlier names for the University at Albany. By 1929, when The Milne School moved to a newly constructed building at 135 Western Avenue, it consisted of a junior and senior high school and served grades 7 through 12. The Milne School closed in 1977.
In the 1977 Bricks and Ivy yearbook, Charles Bowler referred to the Milne School as having "a high-powered faculty teaching beautiful student teachers, experimenting with methodology, still keeping their covenant by turning out educated students." (See The Milne School Alumni website.)
The Milne School building is now called "Milne Hall" and currently houses the University at Albany Nelson A. Rockefeller College of Public Affairs and Policy; the Department of Political Science; the Department of Public Administration and Policy; and the Center for Policy Studies.
In an effort to keep the memory of The Milne School alive and to improve communication among Milne alumni, there is a Milne School Alumni website. Milne School alumni are encouraged to visit this site and provide comments, suggestions, and corrections. (See The Milne School Alumni website.) In addition, there is a Milne School Alumni Facebook group; search for "Milne School Alumni."
The last Milne Alumni Ball was held in 1977. In April 2005, 235 alumni enjoyed an all-Milne reunion. And a Milne alumni reunion was held September 7-9, 2012, which included a Saturday-night banquet for 280 alumni. Further information is available on the Milne School Alumni website (see link below).
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