Bulkeley School, New London (1873)

October 25th, 2011 Posted in Gothic, New London, Schools

The Bulkeley School, the gift of Leonard Hallam Bulkley, was an all-boys high school in New London. It was built in 1871-1873 and closed in 1951, when New London High School opened. As explained in A modern History of New London County, Connecticut, Vol. I (1922):

Mr. Bulkeley was a merchant of modest pretensions, whose place of business was very near the school which now bears his name. He was born December 22, 1799, and died December 19, 1849. He left an estate valued at something less than $25,000 to found a secondary school which should be free to boys of New London. In his will he provided that the funds should be kept intact until the trustees, who were named in the will, should decide that they were justified in the erection of the schoolhouse. [...]

This official board decided in 1870 that the estate had increased so considerably in its careful management that they were justified in beginning operations. Accordingly, plans were secured from the famous architect, Mr. Eidlitz, and upon a lot presented to them by the city they erected a very substantial and attractive building. How little they anticipated the growth of the city may be seen from the fact that the school provided seating capacity for only forty-two boys in the main study hall. The school was opened in September, 1873

When the city purchased the school building in 1951, the money went into a trust fund and the Bulkeley School Trustees and the Alumni Association now give out annual scholarships.

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  1. 7 Responses to “Bulkeley School, New London (1873)”

  2. By garry britt on Apr 9, 2012

    just bought a framed depolma of George Caswell Noble dated 1910 at a garage sale.thought it was cool!! Principal Matter A.Towne

  3. By garry britt on Apr 9, 2012

    had email wrong left out 61 oops!!

  4. By NORMAN ADELMAN on Jul 7, 2012

    graduated bulkeley prep in new london ct in 1933. where can i get the year book, the whaler
    thank you.
    norman

  5. By NORMAN ADELMAN on Oct 12, 2012

    WHERE CAN I BUY A COPY OF THE 1933 YEAR BOOK
    THE WHALER?

  6. By lillian kerr on Jan 13, 2013

    Have a copy of The Bulkeley News Commencement number, Volume Five, dated August 1909.

    I would happily donate it to the school if it is so desired.

  7. By John Reagan on Nov 5, 2013

    Hello Norman,

    I have the 1933 Whaler (and most of the years of your other years at Bulkeley. It is not for sale, but I can scan pages of it for you and email them to you. I see you were a track star along with playing football and basketball. You are noted for your wit and humor. If this site fails to contact me, please go to the Facebook Group – You’re probably from New London if… https://www.facebook.com/groups/479465175480527/556092674484443/?notif_t=group_comment_reply

  8. By Sonja Clark on Aug 6, 2014

    Did Berkley School ever allow women?

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