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Our School's History

Established in 1867

Brooklyn Friends School was founded in 1867 as a co-educational grade school by the Religious Society of Friends. The institution has encouraged and facilitated learning and personal growth within the context of a challenging academic program and a caring community ever since.

With an initial student body of 17, Brooklyn Friends started as a grade school in the landmarked Brooklyn Monthly Meetinghouse at 110 Schermerhorn Street. The school expanded to include a kindergarten in 1902 and a high school division in 1907. In the early 1970s, the school moved to larger, more spacious quarters at 375 Pearl Street. The seven-story building dates back to 1928 and previously housed the Brooklyn Law School.

Share Your Story With the School's Archives

Please contact us at the email below (click “Contact Us.”) to tell us your story, arrange donations of archival material to the school, or just get in touch. To submit your photos to the BFS Archives, add your photo as an email attachment, and please include a caption with title and date.

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Brooklyn Friends School Archives

Look below to browse historic photos, playbills, publications, and videos.

Brooklyn Friends Archives