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Title Irvington Grammar School (Horner Schoolhouse)
Object Name Print, Photographic
Catalog Number 1996.3.441
Description Irvington Grammar School (Horner Schoolhouse) built by John Horner in Centerville 1850. In 1862 it moved to Irvington (the first school in Irvington).

"Horner Schoolhouse
Built in Centerville by John M. Horner in 1850, Centerville's first school. Moved to Irvington in 1862 to become the first school there. According to Halley's 'Centennial Book of Alameda County, Cal., 1876", the original three voting precincts in Washington Township were Mission San Jose, Alvarado and Horner's Schoolhouse (Centerville).

Irvington and the first school

The Horner school building of 1850 was moved to Union Street from Centerville in 1862 and became the first school in the new Washington School District. The district formed by petition of John M. Horner and his Washington Corners neighbors in May, 1862. A photograph of all the students and teachers in 1873 shows 58 students in grades one to eight and two teachers. The population boomed at Washington Corners after Washington College was opened there in 1872. By 1875 the Washington Public School occupied a new schoolhouse with two stories. Enrollment was up to 241 by 1877, some of whom went on to become day students at Washington College, after they had completed grade eight at the public school.


Irvington School Picture, 1873
Top Group--left to right:
Ben Horner, J.M. Horner, Joe Rogers, Sim Stivers, Mamie Joyce, Ella Sull, Clara Denmark, Hattie Randall, Eva Brown, Jennie Anderson, Nellie Walker, Julia Carter, Lizzie Driver, ?, Maria Brownridge, Minnie Brown, Tish Stivers, Mary Silva, Charles Burgess, George Horner, Will Anderson
Second Row--left to right:
Annie Horner, Maggie Twohig, Warren Bingham, Annie Emerson, Jim Weeks, Pit Walker, Darius Joyce, Bob Horner, Jim Brown, Sylvia Brown, Sarah Horner, Jennie McKeen, Nellie Emerson, Nattie Brown, Mamie Lyon, Lizzie Lyon, Annie Weston, Tessie Twohig, Fred Horner
Front Row--left to right:
Pete McKinney, John McKinney, Charlie Benbow, Eddie Bingham, Sam Stivers, Jesse Brown, Bob Horner, ? Brown, Bob Anderson, George McCalvy, Ed Twohig, Dennis McKinney, Louise Emerson, Jane Weaton, Dellie Daniela, Lottie Stivers
Date 1873
Collection Fisher Collection
Location Irvington Grammar School (Horner Schoolhouse) in Irvington
Accession # 1996.3
Search Terms Irvington
Washington Township
Washington Corners