250 Years – Columbia Grammar & Prep School

CGPS 250 year collage

MDCCLXIV was a leap year. Almost two hundred-fifty years have since passed. Can you imagine New York City at this time?  A colony under tremendous growth and trade, all in lower Manhattan. Who was there?  Dutch and then English settlers, the Canarsie Indians, African Slaves.

Forty-three years earlier in 1721, the African Burial Ground is established. Columbia University was founded as Kings College 10 years earlier in 1754. The American Revolution began 11 years later in 1775, followed by the signing of the Declaration of Independence in 1776. In 1789, George Washington is sworn in at Federal Hall.

Back to 1764, two hundred fifty years ago, Columbia Grammar School was founded. In 2014 Columbia Grammar & Prep School will recognize itself as one of the oldest independent schools in the United States. More on CGPS 250 year history.

The celebrations kicked off earlier this year with a Central Park bench dedication and will continue through 2014 with their annual Spring Gala. The bench is located right down the block from the school at the 93rd Street & Central Park West entrance. Next time you pass by, feel free to have a seat and congratulate CGPS on an extraordinary milestone.

Congratulations Columbia Grammar & Prep!







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