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. Theodore Fossieck was the principal of the school from 1947 to 1972. In the 1960s, the school's admissions policies were challenged as being overly favorable to the relatives of Milne students and thus effectively excluding minorities and new residents; the state human rights commission agreed with the challenge. By the 1970s, SUNY was suffering budget shortfalls and also deemphasizing the teaching mission of the Albany branch. Fossieck decided to retire in 1972. Milne had five different principals during its last five years, and 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."
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).
- David Standish Ball, Episcopal bishop of Albany (1984-1998)
- Paul G. Bulger, president of Buffalo State College (1959-1967)
- Peggy Bulger, folklorist
- Winifred Goldring, paleontologist
- Robert S. Langer, biomedical engineering professor at MIT
- Tara VanDerveer, basketball coach (left Milne after ninth grade)
- "Only Milne School Protest Won By Black Girl In 1960s", Schenectady Gazette, September 22, 1984.
- Carlo Wolff, "Milne Reunion Revives Special School's Spirit", Schenectady Gazette, September 22, 1984.
- The Milne School Alumni website
- "Dr. Peggy A. Bulger – Fernandina resident named Buckley Scholar", Fernandina Observer, March 26, 2015.
- "Women's History in the Collections", New York State Museum (accessed 2015-04-02).
- Milne School Hall of Fame], University at Albany (accessed 2015-04-03).
- "Stanford's VanDerveer, selected for Basketball Hall of Fame, grew up in Schenectady", The Daily Gazette, April 5, 2011.
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