First Public School Site

Photograph of a mosaic set in a sidewalk depicting a schoolhouse and other education elements.
Mosaic set in the sidewalk marking the first location of Boston's Latin School

Arlan Fonseca

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School Street, Boston
First Public School in the American Colonies
Freedom Trail Site

A statue of Benjamin Franklin overlooks the first site of the Latin School, the oldest public school in America. Franklin, Samuel Adams, and John Hancock all attended the Latin School. Puritan settlers built the first schoolhouse on this location in 1635. A mosaic in the sidewalk commemorates the site of the school.

Boston National Historical Park

Last updated: November 21, 2023