CIHS Exhibit 2007
Education Through the Years
This exhibit reviewed the history of Chebeague schooling and how the community and the schools influenced each other.
From the records of the Town of North Yarmouth, teachers were being paid to instruct on Chebeague as early as the mid-1700’s. Several different school buildings existed on Chebeague throughout most of the 1800’s. For many years during this time, as the Cumberland’s School Districts 8 & 9, the Chebeague Island districts had greater school populations than any of the mainland districts. Chebeague did not have its own free high school until 1902. Prior to that students would have been permitted to attend Greely Institute, the free high school on the Cumberland mainland. This would not have been easy and would have necessitated students boarding away from home.
As Chebeague’s population changed over the years due to economic and other circumstances, the profile of education on the island has changed as well. The exhibit presented the details of that evolution.