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Reynolds takes look at BH school history

BH Senior High in 1967
BH Senior High in 1967


If you grew up in the Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake school system, you're not going to want to miss the 29-minute video put together by town of Ballston historian Rick Reynolds.

A former history teacher in the district, Reynolds and others tell the story of what is now Stevens Elementary School on Lake Hill Road in Ballston Lake. When it was built and opened in 1916, it was the Burnt Hills School of Agriculture and Homemaking.

Reynolds tells the viewer how three one-room schoolhouses, on Saratoga, Kingsley and Schauber roads,  became the first to consolidate into one central school in the history of New York State.

He also relates how two men, Chuck Bailey and George Schauber, had the foresight to move what is now Stevens Elementary School back away from the road, allowing for a substantial front yard which prior to World War I hadn't really yet come into vogue.

The video also tells us about the creation of the high school and middle school, and elementary schools named Gleason, Pashley, Glenhaven and Charlton Heights. Helping Reynolds tell the story are former students Dave Walz, Carol Drummond and Karen Golden, as well as former teacher Jeanne Ferrante.

I must confess that I went to BH-BL myself and found the video entertaining and informative, but even if you're not a BH grad yourself, anyone with an interest in history will find it fascinating.

Here is the link to Reynolds' film.   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wMWS6TpAsEU