We also note that our oldest catalogue, 1893, indicates the school was then called the “Cooperstown Union School and Academy.” Our last catalogue, and we believe the last catalogue done by the school, is for the 1969-1970 school year for “Cooperstown Central School.” Unfortunately, as we went through the various catalogues we are sorry to report that we are no closer to being able to answer the oft asked question of exactly when did the Cooperstown sports teams become known as the “Redskins.” Our last inquirer wondered if it might not have been 1939. And although we don’t know, we suspect that date might be a bit late. Unfortunately, no one that we have asked seems to know.
As we went through the catalogues, we must say, given our noted concerns over the school budget, we found various budget information most interesting. In 1928, it cost $60,605.95 to educate 612 students. Ten years later in 1930, it cost $75,166.98 to educate 636 students. Therefore, in that ten year period the cost rose 24% while the student population rose 4%. And while there were no doubt some people then who thought costs were out of control, at least the cost and the enrollment were both going in the same direction which does not seem to be the case today.
We thank the owner, who wishes to remain anonymous, for loaning us the collection of school catalogs. We greatly enjoyed them. Besides, our discussion of the school catalogues gives us the opportunity to close this column with two Albert Einstein quotes on education which we found to be interesting.
“Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid.”
“Education is not the learning of facts, but the training of the mind to think.”
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