Tapley School, Springfield, Mass

The Tapley School, at the corner of Bay and Sherman Streets in Springfield, around 1892. Image from Picturesque Hampden (1892).

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The building in 2015:

This historic building is located within the McKnight neighborhood of Springfield, which covers the area to the east of the Armory and north of State Street. As the city’s population grew in the 1870s, this area was developed by brothers John and William McKnight, who built around 300 houses here, most of which are still standing today.

To serve the growing population here, this school opened in 1887 at the corner of Bay and Sherman Streets, right at the heart of the neighborhood. It was expanded around 1910 with a large wing to the south, which is not visible in the present view, and it remained in use as a school well into the 1970s. After it closed, it was vacant for over a decade, but it was sold converted into apartments in 1993. Aside from the 1910 addition, the exterior is largely the same as it was when the first photo was taken, and today it is one of the oldest school buildings still standing in the city.

7 thoughts on “Tapley School, Springfield, Mass”

    • Hello Carolyn! I went to Tapley School from 1959 to 1962. It was not a good experience for me but I looked up information about Tapley recently, as I was thinking about that time in my life. I don’t remember much, but would be interested in your stories of the time you were there if you would like to share.

    • Hi Judy
      I went to Tapley from 1952-1959
      I only remember the best teacher in the school my Kindergarten teacher Ms Chipman My Mom died the summer before I started school and Ms Chipman walked pass my house on McKnight st and we would walk down to Bay Street to cross over to the school. Also Rebecca Johnson was the Principal by the time I went to Buckingham Jr high Oh and Mr O’Neal was my 6th grade teacher who taught our class the Poka.

  1. I went to Tapley School also from kindergarten about 1956, or 57 to about 61
    Fond memories, except the walking to and fro in the winter

  2. I too went to Tapley Elementary school from 1962-1967-1968. Because busing to do their schools out of the HillMcknight Neighborhood, I was bused to Glenwood Elementary School there I completed the sixth grade.
    Mr. logout was the principal. Ms. Freeman was the secretary.
    Kindergarten teacher: Mrs. Harrell
    First grade Teacher Mrs. Sally
    Second Grade Mrs. Davis
    Third grade Mrs. OMalley
    Fourth grade Mrs. Garvey
    Fifth grade Ms. McBride until she got married and Mrs. Salt took her place.
    I am now sixty four years old. And yet still I can remember so vividly my years of attending there. My family and I lived around the corner from the school on Buckingham Street. Such fond memories indeed.


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