Benjamin Franklin Statue

First Public School Site and Ben Franklin Statue

The first public school in America was established by Puritan settlers in 1635 in the home of Schoolmaster Philemon Pormont and was later moved to School Street. Boys from various socio-economic backgrounds attended Boston Latin School until 1972 when girls were also accepted.

 A portrait statue of Benjamin Franklin overlooks the former site of Boston Latin School which Franklin, Samuel Adams, and John Hancock once attended. Franklin's place of birth was just one block away on Milk Street, across from the Old South Meeting House.

The Boston Latin School is now located in Boston's Fenway neighborhood.


Site Information
LocationSchool Street
HoursOpen Daily
ToursSelf-Guided; or provided by the Freedom Trail Foundation
AdmissionFREE
NotesMore Information via the Freedom Trail Foundation
AttributionContent provided by the Freedom Trail Foundation

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