Colchester County Academy (Truro, N.S.)

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Colchester County Academy (Truro, N.S.)

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        1841-1970

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        Colchester County Academy was founded as one of the original academies provided for by the 1841 County Academy Act. In that year three trustees were appointed and a county school was established in a temporary location on Truro's Walker Street. The academy system required students to pay a fee and upkeep of the school building was provided through provincial grants. In 1857 the academy moved to the Model School, which was affiliated with the Truro Normal School, and became an institution for teachers-in-training to practice teaching. During this time, the school was better know as the Model School, and accepted, primary, intermediate and high school level students. In order to qualify for provincial government grants, the high school department of the Model School was re-organized as the Colchester County Academy, however it was now a public high school and remained in the Model School location. The Academy again changed locations in 1903 when new Academy building was built. In Truro, as elsewhere in Nova Scotia, the county academy system gradually became less relevant as rural schools improved. In 1930, the provincial government extended the county academy grant to all secondary schools in the province and eventually other high school level institutions were constructed elsewhere in the county. By the 1950s, the school was generally referred to as Truro Academy or Truro Senior High School. The school was closed in 1970 and its students were transferred to the new Cobequid Educational Centre.

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