Remembering The Past: South Amboy History

by Diane Norek Harrison

SOUTH AMBOY-This is from 1921 material: For many years the town of South Amboy comprised of two school districts, each containing one school building, in the township of Sayreville, viz., Park School and Raritan School. One of the original buildings (in 1921) is still in use, however, very much enlarged and modified.

In 1880 the town of South Amboy became a borough and in 1908 the borough was incorporated into the city of South Amboy, and recently School No. 1 (in 1921) has been remodeled into a fine high school building, with all the modern facilities and containing a junior and senior high school department. At this date the teaching force included thirty or more teachers, exclusive of the vocational evening school teachers. The school enrollment has reached about nine hundred. This is exclusive of pupils attending large Parochial schools.


The names of those who were in school supervisory positions in this municipality were: James Corkey, Miss Kate McCoy, Miss Mary Thomas, R.M. Fitch, and City Superintendent O.O. Barr, who had been in charge of the city schools for the past six years (in 1921.)

If you have your own memories of the past in Middlesex or Union counties, email me at or send copies of your past material to me c/o CMD Media, 1139 East Jersey St., Suite 503, Elizabeth NJ, 07201

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