New York School for the Deaf
|New York School for the Deaf|
White Plains, New York
|Type||Private non-profit organization|
|Founder||Reverend John Standford|
|Color(s)||Blue and gold|
|Athletics||Soccer, volleyball, basketball and track|
|Athletics conference||Eastern Schools for the Deaf Athletic Association|
|Website||Official NYSD website|
The New York School for the Deaf was chartered in 1817 as the New York Institution for the Instruction of the Deaf and Dumb, and opened its first classes in New York City in 1818 just after the American School for the Deaf, and thus is recognized as the second oldest deaf school in the United States. It moved twice in the 19th century to other Manhattan locations, and finally to White Plains, New York in 1938, where it remains.
The school had its origins in 1808, when the Rev. John Stanford gathered a small group of deaf children to teach them the alphabet and basic language skills in New York City. In 1892 the school was the first U.S. school of any kind to introduce a military curriculum. For half a century, tight formation drill was an everyday occurrence on the parade grounds.
In 1952, the school dropped the military curriculum and welcomed girls again, and since then has expanded its programs to benefit both deaf and hard-of-hearing school children, and more recently, pre-school classes as well.
NYSD is a private, tax-exempt non-profit organization under article 501(c)(3) of U.S. law.
Distinguished alumni, faculty, and visitors
- Bernard Bragg - deaf performer, writer, director, poet, and artist
- De Witt Clinton - first President of the Board of Trustees
- Helen Keller - visited the school as a teenager in 1893, chaperoned by her friend Alexander Graham Bell
- Samuel Morse - trustee, 1861-1863
- James M. Nack - deaf poet
- Frederick Augustus Porter Barnard - deaf American scientist and educator
- Andrew Leete Stone - professor, Civil War chaplain, writer, pastor
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