1696Selectmen were ordered to “provide a schoolmaster in convenient time.”Government and Public Service, City Government, Education

Gloucester Town Records, 1694-1762. Vol. 2, 1762, https://archive.org/details/GLOOriginalRecords16941762Images/mode/2up.
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No public schools existed in Gloucester’s early history. It’s likely that education was provided by private citizens, including Ezekial Collins, who taught writing for hire. In 1696, the selectmen were ordered to begin the search for a schoolmaster and to establish a public school, although it would be a couple of years before action was taken.

Gloucester Town Records, 1694-1762. Vol. 2, 1762, https://archive.org/details/GLOOriginalRecords16941762Images/mode/2up. Hurd, D. Hamilton (Duane Hamilton) ed. History of Essex County, Massachusetts, with Biographical Sketches of Many of Its Pioneers and Prominent Men. Philadelphia, J. W. Lewis & Co., 1888, http://archive.org/details/historyofessexco01hurdd
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