the house to be fitted up in a plain, strong style for one school room on each story, and the ground fenced in; that the whole entirely finished will not be less than twenty-five hundred dollars."
July 30, 1827, the town voted to accept of a lot, 8 rods 17 links by 4 ½ rods, offered by Simon Sanborn. George Colton, Charles Stearns, Horace King, selectmen.
August 2, 1827, School street was opened from State to Union street. The first instructor of the school was Story Hebard, a native of New Hampshire, and a graduate of Amherst College in 1828. He took charge of the school soon after his graduation, and successfully conducted it until his resignation in 1830. His salary was seven hundred and fifty dollars a year. Mr. Hebard was a gentleman of much worth, and greatly esteemed in the community. After leaving the school he went to Beirut, Syria, as missionary of the American Board of Commissioners for Foreign Missions. He died at Malta, June 30, 1841, at the age of thirty-nine, respected and beloved by all who knew him.
The following reply was received from Dr. Sheldon to my inquiry respecting his term of service as principal of the High School:—
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