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Albany Academy Students

In celebration of the Academy's 200 year history, the public section of this site has the list of enrollments for the first one hundred years. The enrollment data shown (full name, entry year, grade entered, exit year, grade exited, research status) are just part of the data from early Academy records. For more data, see the paragraphs on Our Academy below. Click on "Next" at the top of the sidebar to enter the site.

In the semi-centennial period, many boys attended Albany Academy for just a few years to pick up enough training for business, surveying, or perhaps a little Latin. On the other hand, in its upper grades, the Academy overlapped with colleges as an institution of higher education, so not all of its attendees intended further study, or, if they chose to go on, they enrolled in the junior year at a college. Some went directly to law school or medical school. Note also, that when the Academy started, there were only four colleges in the state: Columbia, Union, West Point, and Hamilton.

Our Academy

Our Academy is a biographical dictionary of data compiled by Albanians Dr. Henry Hun and Dr. Henry H. Hun, deceased in 1924 and 1972 respectively. These alumni collected all the information they could discover in the Academy records, including parents, addresses, prizes and positions. Other data include colleges attended and occupations pursued. Every attendee of Albany Academy from 1815 to 1915, the first century of the school's existence, is included. Since there were students below the senior class in 1915, some of the entries continue into the 1920s. The data have been edited and extended by alumnus, former teacher, and archivist, John T. McClintock.

In Our Academy, a book of 844 quarto pages, 550,000 words, there are 7,875 student entries, representing 2,572 surnames. 556 of these have genealogies beyond the grandparents, also collected by the Dr.s Hun. Some extend to seventeenth century immigrants. A few go back to the Mayflower. Of interest to local historians are genealogical and family history data of all the vigorous Albany families of the early nineteenth century, the Van Rensselaers, Ten Eycks, Townsends, Pruyns, etc., all in one place through their connection to the school.

A six-page prospectus of Our Academy with sample entries is downloadable in the side bar at right. The document provides ordering information.

Old Academy

The Joseph Henry Memorial, Philip Hooker, architect
Occupied by the school, 1817 to 1931

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