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Atkinson Academy
The 1802 building
17 Academy Avenue
Atkinson, New Hampshire

United States
Coordinates 42°50′23″N 71°8′49″W / 42.83972°N 71.14694°W / 42.83972; -71.14694
Type Public
Established 1787
Founder William Cogswell, Stephen Peabody, Nathaniel Peabody
School district Timberlane Regional School District
Grades K to 5
Enrollment 480  (2007–08)
Student to teacher ratio 13.8:1
Colour(s) Blue, Yellow
Atkinson Academy School
Atkinson Academy is located in New Hampshire
Atkinson Academy
Location in New Hampshire
Atkinson Academy is located in the United States
Atkinson Academy
Location in the United States
Area 1 acre (0.40 ha)
Built 1803 (1803)
Architect Ebenezer Clifford
NRHP reference No. 80000297
Added to NRHP August 26, 1980

Atkinson Academy is a public elementary school at 17 Academy Avenue in Atkinson, New Hampshire. It is a part of the Timberlane Regional School District. Built in 1803, it is claimed to be the oldest standing co-educational school in the United States. It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1980.


Atkinson Academy is located in the town of Atkinson's main village, on the north side of Academy Avenue between Woodlawn Avenue and Maple Avenue. The original main building is a large two-story wood frame building, with a hip roof and clapboarded exterior. A tower with open octagonal belfry and cupola rises at the center of the roof. The main facade is seven bays wide, with the central three set apart by pilasters and a pedimented gable. The entrance is flanked on one side by a sidelight window, and both sides by pilasters, which rise to an entablature and pedimented gable. Modern wings extend to the rear of this building, giving the building a rough W shape.


Atkinson Academy was founded in 1787 as an all-boys school by the Reverend Stephen Peabody, General Nathaniel Peabody, and Dr. William Cogswell. It began admitting girls in 1791. The original building, constructed in 1789, was destroyed by fire on November 15, 1802, and the present building was completed in 1803. It is a rare surviving work of Ebenezer Clifford, a prominent master builder of the southern New Hampshire during that period.

The unincorporated and uninhabited township of Atkinson and Gilmanton Academy Grant in northern New Hampshire is named in part for the academy, to which it was originally granted.

The academy, in 1874, was under the charge of B.H. Weston, A.M., and was one of the oldest and most respectable institutions in the state. The 1803 school building is listed on the National Register of Historic Places for its architecture.

Notable alumni

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