School Street

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Old City Hall in 1930

School Street is a short but significant street in the center of Boston, Massachusetts. It is so named for being the site of the first public school in the United States (the Boston Latin School, since relocated). The school operated at various addresses on the street from 1704 to 1844.

Effectively a southeastern extension of Beacon Street, School Street runs one or two blocks (it is bisected by Province Street on one side) from Tremont Street to Washington Street. Along the way, it passes King's Chapel, Boston's Old City Hall (on the first public school site), and the historic Old Corner Bookstore.

The Parker House hotel, 19th-century meeting place of politicians and literary figures as well as the origin point of several famous local dishes, is also located along the street.

The entirety of the street is part of the Freedom Trail, a red line that leads tourists to historic sites in the center of the city.


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  1. ^ "School Street". A Record of the Streets, Alleys, Places, Etc. in the City of Boston. City of Boston. 1910 – via Hathi Trust.
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  3. ^ a b c d George A. Kyle (1926). The Eighteen Fifties: Being a Brief Account of School Street, the Province House and the Boston Five Cents Savings Bank. Boston Five Cents Savings Bank.
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  8. ^ Caroline Ticknor (1913), "Old Corner Bookstore", Hawthorne and his Publisher, Boston: Houghton Mifflin, OCLC 756324
  9. ^ Boston Almanac, 1841, 1847
  10. ^ Directory of the Charitable and Beneficent Organizations of Boston. Old Corner Bookstore. 1891.

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Coordinates: 42°21′27.5″N 71°3′34.84″W / 42.357639°N 71.0596778°W / 42.357639; -71.0596778