190 Fordham Street, City Island, NY 10464
PS 17 School Photos
19011912191619221925 Graduating Class1925192619301930 January193319341935193619371939194719501951195219531955195619571958 2nd grade1958 2nd grade19581959196019621964196519671973P.S. 17 ExteriorPS 1755 - 35<>
The City Island Nautical Museum is housed in the school building designed by C.B.J. Snyder and built by the city of New York in 1897–98. It opened as P. S. 102 but was renumbered P.S. 17 in 1903. The school graduated students at the end of the eighth grade; for several years, there were graduations in both January and June.
In 1975 the school was closed and students now attend P.S. 175 at 200 City Island Avenue. The site, formerly the Nevins Shipyard, was coincidentally the location of the first City Island school, built in 1839 when the number of children taught by resident Rachel Fordham grew too large for her to teach in her home on Fordham Street.
The second schoolhouse was built in 1860, subsequently replaced by a police station, and then torn down to create Hawkins Park (named for Island resident Leonard Hawkins, a World War I veteran, for whom the American Legion Post on the Island is also named).