Resolution J880-2013

Congratulating Brown School upon the occasion of its 120th Anniversary



  • Mar 19, 2013: ADOPTED
  • Mar 15, 2013: REFERRED TO FINANCE


LEGISLATIVE  RESOLUTION congratulating Brown School upon the occasion of
its 120th Anniversary

WHEREAS, The State of  New  York  takes  great  pride  in  acknowledging
significant  milestones  in  the distinguished histories of its esteemed
entities; and
  WHEREAS, Brown School, under the luminous direction of  Patti  Vitale,
Head of School, will celebrate its 120th Anniversary during a gala to be
held at the River Stone Manor on April 13, 2013; and
  WHEREAS,  Brown School opened in 1893, with a class of 12 kindergarten
students; and
  WHEREAS, The school originally operated from the Liberty  Street  home
of its founder, Helen "Nellie" Brown; and
  WHEREAS,  Brown  School  offered  an  alternative to public education,
focusing on small class sizes and an individualized approach  to  learn-
ing,  and was originally intended to serve the children of General Elec-
tric employees; and
  WHEREAS, The school grew quickly, and, in 1904, a small  building  was
erected  on  donated land in the G.E. Realty Plot; eventually, the house
next door was also purchased for additional classes and expanded  facul-
ty; and
  WHEREAS,  At  the school on Rugby Road, students enjoyed extraordinary
academic instruction as  well  as  extracurricular  activities  such  as
drama,  glee club, bicycling, horseback riding, skiing, ice-skating, and
an active newspaper/literary journal titled THE BABBLER; and
  WHEREAS, From the  1940s  through  the  1960s,  Brown  School  offered
programs  through  sixth  grade;  it  became a primary school in the mid
1970s; and
  WHEREAS, At the urging of parents  in  the  early  1980s,  the  school
expanded  again  to include third grade and increased one grade per year
until fifth grade was also included; and
  WHEREAS, Additional space was now needed, and Brown  School  moved  to
the former Van Antwerp Middle School for eight years; and
  WHEREAS,  The  school  returned to its Rugby Road home from 1991 until
1996; and
  WHEREAS, Brown School students began  the  1996-1997  school  year  in
their  new  home  on  Corlaer  Avenue, where the school is still located
today; and
  WHEREAS, The school began a middle school expansion and graduated  its
first eighth graders in 1999; and
  WHEREAS,  Brown  School  has  a  long and distinguished history in the
community for providing quality education and enriching  extracurricular
activities; now, therefore, be it
  RESOLVED,  That  this  Legislative  Body pause in its deliberations to
congratulate Brown School upon the occasion of  its  120th  Anniversary;
and be it further
  RESOLVED, That a copy of this Resolution, suitably engrossed, be tran-
smitted to Patti Vitale, Head of School at Brown School.


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