1790Reverend Eli Forbes presented a report on the schools which included a provision for women’s education.People and Communities, Government and Public Service, Women's History, Education

Forbes proposed several reforms, including better pay for teachers, building a grammar school, and the provision for the education of females,” a tender and interesting branch of the community that have been neglected in the public schools of this town.” The school was built in 1795.

Hurd, D. Hamilton (Duane Hamilton) ed. History of Essex County, Massachusetts, with Biographical Sketches of Many of Its Pioneers and Prominent Men. Vol. II. Philadelphia, J. W. Lewis & Co., 1888. http://archive.org/details/historyofessexco02hurd Babson, John James, and Samuel Chandler. History of the Town of Gloucester, Cape Anne, Including the Town of Rockport. Gloucester [Mass.] Procter brothers, 1860, http://archive.org/details/historytownglou00changoog
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