1877-1912This iconic Athens building opened in February 1860 as the Farmersville Public School. Primary grades occupied the first floor and in September the grammar (or high) school opened on the second floor. As the first high school in a wide area, it elevated Farmersville as a centre of learning. In 1877, its status rose once again when the second floor became the United Counties Model School for training new teachers. This forced high school students to relocate to the old town hall until a new school could be built for them. The Athens Public & Model School burned in 1905 but, driven by Athens' long-standing passion for education, it was quickly rebuilt and reopened with great fanfare. Special trains brought crowds to celebrate and hear a grand speech by a future prime minister of Canada, Robert Borden, MP, who was himself a graduate of a model school at age 14. After 35 years of operation[,] changes in provincial legislation closed the Model School. The public school closed here in 1967 with the amalgamation of all of the area one-room schools to Pineview Public School. In 1969 the building was purchased by the Lions Club for its good purposes.
|Placed By||Athens & Area Heritage Society|
|Marker Condition||No reports yet|
|Date Added||Thursday, October 31st, 2019 at 8:03pm PDT -07:00|
|UTM (WGS84 Datum)||18T E 424552 N 4942033|
|Decimal Degrees||44.62770000, -75.95113333|
|Degrees and Decimal Minutes||N 44° 37.662', W 75° 57.068'|
|Degrees, Minutes and Seconds||44° 37' 39.72" N, 75° 57' 4.0799999999999" W|
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