The Kingsbury School is rich in history and tradition. Above you see the first school building, noted on the back of the undated photo as "The old Kingsbury School," which was built in 1887-88 following a $15,000 bond election.
Did you know that Kingsbury is the place where the Pledge of Allegiance was first recited by school children?
In 1892, Miss Mary Fackler, Kingsbury teacher, decided to have her first grade classes begin their day by reciting the Pledge of Allegiance. When General Joseph Breckenridge heard about Miss Fackler's patriotic efforts, he was so impressed that he shared her story in Washington, D.C.
Congress adopted the Pledge of Allegiance in 1924. It is because of Miss Mary Fackler that school children across America begin their day with the Pledge of Allegiance.
Miss Fackler taught first grade at Kingsbury School from 1888 to 1921, beloved by students of two generations. She was a diminuative woman, but legend has it she had a dynamic presence. Here is a picture of Miss Fackler and (part of) her class in November of 1890. Can you find her in the photo?
Here is another photo from Kingsbury's more recent past. Can you find the one of our current staff members in this photo? (Hint: middle row, right-hand side)
Below is the graduating class from what was then called Kingsbury Grammar school in June of 1901.
This picture was donated to the school by a community member who found it among family keepsakes. If you have any documents or photos of Kingsbury School that you would like to share, please give us a call or stop by.