Second in our series to appear on the first Friday of each month: Boston Firsts Fridays. #BostonFirsts
First Realty Management Corp. was founded in Boston over 50 years ago. We are proud to call this wonderful city our home, and call focus to some of the events & innovations that happened FIRST in Boston.
BF#02 Boston Public Latin School / Old City Hall
One of the things you notice about Boston right away is how densely packed the history is. Often you can’t get a good look at a famous historic site because another famous historic site is in the way. So it is here on School Street, where this famous Boston First is sandwiched between King’s Chapel (a future post) and Old City Hall.
Established in 1635, Boston Latin was the first public school in America; it is also the oldest existing school. In its early years, the school produced five signers of the Declaration of Independence (although Ben Franklin dropped out). Preceding the creation of Harvard College by one year, the school occupied school houses on both sides of School Street before moving in 1844. The school retains its excellent reputation today, and yes, they still teach Latin.
Fun fact: Boston Latin’s motto is Sumus Primi, Latin for we are first.
Bonus fun fact: As lovely as it is, we aren’t featuring Old City Hall because not only is this not the first City Hall in America, it isn’t even the first city hall in Boston – it’s the 3rd!