History of Trevor

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  • The History of Trevor

    Trevor Day School’s proud history began in 1930, on the Upper East Side of Manhattan, where Nursery and Kindergarten students formed the student body of The Day School of the Church of the Heavenly Rest. The Day School soon expanded enrollment through 2nd grade, grew facilities, and developed its unique approach to education. The school’s first 8th-grade class graduated in 1970, just one year after it became independent from the church.

    The Day School was committed not only to academic growth and achievement, but also to children’s social and emotional development. From this foundation grew the tenets of Trevor: collaboration, meaningful teacher-student relationships, and active learning—with students at the center of the learning.

    As a part of Trevor's rich heritage, the Walden School merged with New Lincoln School in 1988, and the New Walden Lincoln School then merged with The Day School in 1991. In that same year, the Goodman Building at 1 West 88th Street was acquired, allowing for an expansion of The Day School through 12th grade.

    This building is named for Andrew Goodman, the civil rights activist who, in 1964, was murdered alongside James Chaney and Michael Schwerner, while registering African-American voters in Mississippi. Their deaths inspired support for the passage of the Voting Rights Act of 1965.
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