Yes Virginia, there was once a "campus school" at Brockport. Campus schools (or "Training," or "Demonstration" schools, the name varied over the years,) were once common on many college campuses. The campus school was just that, a school, attended by local children, and not only served to instruct the children but to provide a teaching opportunity for those learning to be teachers, and teacher training was the primary goal at Brockport during the Normal School era. The student teachers taught the children under the watchful eyes of the "teacher critics," who were the primary teachers of the children and supervised the student teachers.
This summer, Friday July 22, there will be a campus school reunion for alumni and former staff of the school. If you were part of the campus school, know someone who was (as a boy our president, Dr. Halstead, attended the campus school at Cortland!), or are just interested in this part of our history, do consider attending the reunion! Pictured here is the earliest class picture of campus school kids, ca1890.