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Derby in Orleans County, Vermont — The American Northeast (New England)
 

Derby Academy

1840-1967

 

—The Oldest Incorporated School in Orleans County —

 
Derby Academy Marker image. Click for full size.
By Kevin Craft, July 21, 2014
1. Derby Academy Marker
(front side)
Inscription. On this site the Derby Literary and Theological Institute - a private boarding school - was founded by the Danville Baptist Association on one acre of land given by Lemuel Richmond and Benjamin Hinman. Colonel Chester Carpenter led a campaign for support as citizens readily came forth with money, labor, and their produce to build a secondary school. Donated cattle were driven to a Brighton, Massachusetts market to help raise funds.
Countless numbers of students and this community have lived and prospered under the school motto
Qualis Non Quantus


Chronology


1840 Classes began in September with 147 students
1842 The Lyceum organized for debating society
1845 Name changed to Derby Academy
1853 Orleans County Historical Society founded and given space for meetings and display
1918 Derby Academy became the public junior-senior high school
1921 Judge Nathan Hunt gave six acres for the athletic field
1957 Early building replaced with brick structure
1967 Derby Academy merged with four other schools into North Country Union High School District 22
 
Erected 1990 by Derby Academy Alumni Association and Derby Historical Society.
 
Location. 44° 56.991′ N, 72° 
Derby Academy Marker image. Click for full size.
By Kevin Craft, July 21, 2014
2. Derby Academy Marker
(reverse side)
7.949′ W. Marker is in Derby, Vermont, in Orleans County. Marker is on Main Street (Vermont Route 105) 0.3 miles south of U.S. 5, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Derby VT 05829, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 4 other markers are within 14 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Vermont (approx. 4.1 miles away); Haskell Free Library and Opera House (approx. 4.2 miles away); Old Stone House (approx. 8 miles away); Henry M. Leland (approx. 14 miles away).
 
Regarding Derby Academy. "Qualis Non Quantus" loosely translated means "Quality Not Quantity"
 
Categories. Education
 
Derby Academy Marker and Derby Academy Bell image. Click for full size.
By Kevin Craft, July 21, 2014
3. Derby Academy Marker and Derby Academy Bell
Plaque underneath bell reads:
"Presented June 2001 by the Derby Academy Alumni
Derby Academy Bell
Cast by George H. Holbrook in Midway, Mass, in 1841. Moved from the old boarding house about 1869, it hung in the Academy building until the building was replaced by the present Junior High building in 1957.
Derby Academy Marker and Derby Academy Bell image. Click for full size.
By Kevin Craft, July 21, 2014
4. Derby Academy Marker and Derby Academy Bell
(Derby Historical Society is in the background)
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on July 22, 2014, by Kevin Craft of Bedford, Quebec. This page has been viewed 292 times since then and 18 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on July 22, 2014, by Kevin Craft of Bedford, Quebec. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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