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Hyde Park Elementary School
Front entrance of school building
U.S. 9
Hyde Park, NY, 12538
United States
Coordinates 41°47′12″N 73°56′08″W / 41.78667°N 73.93556°W / 41.78667; -73.93556
School type Public school, Elementary
Opened 1940[1]
School district Hyde Park Central Schools
Principal Kate Blossom
Staff 22[2]
Grades K-5
Gender Coed
Enrollment 273[2]
Kindergarten 42[2]
Grade 1 55[2]
Grade 2 36[2]
Grade 3 52[2]
Grade 4 40[2]
Grade 5 48[2]
Average class size 20[2]
Student:teacher ratio 13[2]
Language English
Campus Suburban
Communities served Hyde Park
Added to NRHP 1993
Reference # 93000860

Hyde Park Elementary School is located on US 9 in Hyde Park, New York, United States. It serves students from kindergarten through fifth grade in the Hyde Park Central Schools.

The school's original fieldstone building was built in 1940, after close consultation between the local school board and President Franklin Delano Roosevelt, a native of Hyde Park. He helped make federal funds available for construction, in order to promote the use of fieldstone, following the Hudson Valley's Dutch Colonial architectural heritage. In 1993 the school building was listed on the National Register of Historic Places.


Roosevelt had a longtime interest in the region's stone Dutch buildings, owing to his own heritage. In 1927 he had made sure that the new Hyde Park library, which his family had donated money for, was built of fieldstone. Later, as president, he chose a demolished colonial house as the model for Hyde Park's new post office, after successfully pushing for similar post offices in neighboring Poughkeepsie and Rhinebeck.[1]

In 1938 he met privately with members of the Hyde Park school board and other local officials at his family home in town. He had closely followed their need for an elementary school, and proposed to them that the Public Works Administration (PWA) make federal money available to Hyde Park for the construction of three schools (now Violet Avenue Elementary School and the first Franklin D. Roosevelt High School, now Haviland Middle School) that would centralize the smaller local districts into one large one.[1]

The PWA eventually picked up 45% of the construction costs. The president insisted on the use of fieldstone for the elementary school despite heavy lobbying for brick from the local bricklayer's union, believing that instutional architecture in the Hudson Valley should reflect a continuity with its traditional styles and construction methods. He personally approved architect Ross Sluyter's design before construction began, and spoke at the dedication ceremony for all three schools when they opened in 1940.[1]

At that time the school consisted of its current central block, a single-story seven-bay rectangle in a randomly-coursed ashlar pattern with a slate-shingled gable roof pierced by two brick chimneys. It stood in the middle of a 7-acre (2.8 ha) lot. Smaller wings project from all sides save the west, still the building's main entrance. It opens to a classic Colonial Revival center-hall plan, with much of the original finishes remaining.[1]

In 1957, it was necessary to expand the building as the baby boom generation began to hit school age. A flat-roofed brick classroom wing was built on the southwest corner, with a two-story gym wing extending from its north. The auditorium/gymnasium was converted into the cafeteria, ending a need for students living nearby to eat at home due to crowding. The original cafeteria is now the school's main special education classroom. In 1963 these additions were completed. Another wing was added in 1990 for county BOCES (Board of Cooperative Educational Services) use[3]


  1. ^ a b c d e Bonafide, John (January 1993). "National Register of Historic Places nomination, Hyde Park Elementary School". New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation. Retrieved May 20, 2009.  
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j New York State School Report Card, Accountability and Overview Information for Hyde Park Elementary School, 2007–08PDF, retrieved May 20, 2009.
  3. ^ "School history". Hyde Park Central Schools. May 20, 2009.  

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