The Lyman School for Boys opened in 1886, it was first a reform school or training school. Boys were sent to this school, if they committed "crimes" like being a stubborn/disobedient child or ditching school. Students lived in "cottages", in each cottage their was usually 100 boys, the top floor were the living quarters and the bottom floor was a living space. They had a special cottage for trouble makers called Oak Cottage where it was the most strict. The school used a military style of punishing and treating the students, to have them follow rules and hopefully 'reform' them. The school was a religious school, and even if you weren't religious or had another religion you were required to go to church every Sunday. A student at Lyman, had to learn a trade, even if he did not want too, trades were ground-keeping, laundry, cooking, carpentry, painting, janitor work, printing and electrical work that included plumbing ,steam fitting, and boiler maintenance. 300 students graduated from the school each year but many returned the next if they didn't behave at home. The school was closed in 1971 because of change in the states political leaders and lack of funding.
Some of the buildings are still there, but very boarded up and I was unable to get into the buildings that I saw.
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