The Nazareth Common School District 4 was organized on February 10, 1902. The first public 2 room school was built in 1917 in the town of Nazareth. The Benedictine Sisters, who had been teaching in the parochial school since 1915, began teaching in the public school. This was the first time the Sisters were paid by the state and continued to teach in Nazareth public school system through 1990.
By 1923, the census for Nazareth School District showed that 163 students were in the public school. It was a one room parochial school by the church and paid for by the church funds.
So, a second two room school was built several hundred feet North of the first 2 room school. The second school is what we have turned into our city museum.
This school had 2 class rooms, two cloak rooms with a hook for your coat and a place on a shelf above for your lunch pail, and a double door entry way. Classes were held for the first time in this school in the fall of 1923.
Four classes were taught in this 2 class rooms, until the fall of 1940 when several years of work began on turning the 1923 school into the first school cafeteria. The cafeteria opened in 1944. The school was a cafeteria until 1962 then a new school cafeteria opened. At this time, this school again because class rooms until 2 more rooms were added to the west end of the cafeteria. When the school was no longer needed for classes, it became the band hall.
In the spring of 1994, the museum committee asked for the 1923 school when they heard plans were being made for a new band hall. The school board gave them the school building. We had move the building and pay for the expenses. The committee agreed to do that.