PS 15, Eastchester

Bronx’ own Little Red Schoolhouse, PS 15, is at 4010 Dyre Avenue, near the end of the line on the #5 train. The architectural gem was built in 1877, designed by architect Simon Williams and was originally a school in the town of Eastchester in Westchester County before its capture by NYC in 1895. It now serves as a community center.

The further northeast in the Bronx you get to Westchester County, the further into Eastchester you penetrate … Eastchester is a neighborhood in the northeast Bronx that actually used to belong to Westchester County (the Bronx was formed from New York and Westchester Counties) and didn’t become a part of New York City until 1895.



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18 Responses to PS 15, Eastchester

  1. TomfromNJ says:

    Gem indeed! Nice looking old school. Nice it has been preserved.

  2. william says:

    I lived in the area of the school from 1940 until 1966 and knew many of my friends who went to P.S. 15. I even remember waiting for my older friends on the slope of the stairs for them.

  3. mike says:

    i played in the playground at P.S.15, which if you left by the back stairs you would be in Mt. Vernon. it was at the intersection of Dyre Ave. and Dark Street, just up the hill from Light Street. a fact i found quite amusing when i was a child. in the 1930s 233rd St. from Seton Ave to Dyre Ave. was level. dropping off sharply near where Imperial Farms was located. when car traffic became common the city graded the land on 233rd which is why all the streets on the north side of 233rd run downhill to it. Amundson Ave where i grew up has the steepest hill which was great for sleigh riding from outside my door to Dyre Ave, then hitching a ride back up on the # 14 bus. you can see the difference in height from past to present between Secor and Dyre where the Rectory for Nativity was once at ground level. geez i miss those days

    • lynn says:

      I lived there from 1944-1966.
      the sleigh riding was great.
      also went to PS 68.
      I had the best childhood, it was so nice then
      remember Flugers butcher store and Shapiros.
      Got my Buster Browns there.

  4. Sonny Murphy says:

    A treasure indeed. Include me in the Class of ’32. of the four class school. The school yard was divided by a canopied fence–girls to the North, boys to the South.( or was it the opposite). After PS !5 it was PS 68 for some, others PS 84. One envied classmate was able to hit the ceiling of the water-wall boys urinal, another earned a Silver Star on Normandy. God Bless America.

  5. Lucille says:

    I remember PS 15, I went there when Mrs. Drover, Mrs. Blackburn (she always had peanut butter sandwiches for lunch), Miss Vey taught there. And PS 84,there was a big potbelly stove in one corner of the classroom where we put our mittens to dry out in the winter and PS 68, where we graduated from elementary school – they were really the good old days.

  6. Ann says:

    Immediately when I saw your photo, I recognized it as the school where I attended kindergarten. I recall performing the May Pole dance outside on the grass for a special ceremony, and playing “Farmer in the Dell” in the basement on a regular basis. It is nice to see that the building is nicely preserved.

  7. priscianus jr says:

    I remember coming across this school back in the days when I was going out with a girl from Mt Vernon, so it had to have been in the mid-1960s. I was amazed at it even then, and very glad to see it’s still there and being taken care of.

  8. lynn says:

    Went to this school.
    remember Dorothy Clark,Maude Finneran ,

    Haveing air raid drills in the basement.
    having shows, doing Surrey with the fringe on top.

    Most wonderful years .

  9. Robert Woods says:

    I was there 1944-1950. Mrs. Christabelle Meyer had 2 grades in the same room (1-2).Grade 3 was on its own if I recall – and then 4-5 together in another room (I had Mrs. Maude Finneran). Kindergarten had the 4th room (Mrs. Brody?).

    btw – the back stairs did not get you into Mt. Vernon – you had to go north for a bit – the same distance if you had gone out the front steps.

    • Rosemarie says:

      I was just sent a group photo taken at P.S. 15 via email. I can identify some of the children in the picture. It appears the children are from different grades. There are 2 sets of twins – Kraska girls and Johanson boys, as well as Richard Cerutti, Eddie Nester, Richard Neiderauer, and myself. It must have been taken in 1947 or 1948. If you’d like to see the photo reply to this email or email me at

  10. Ingrid says:

    I grew up as a child in the 70’s and 80’s and enjoyed going to the little red school house for after school activities. My dad would take me along with my mom, brother and younger sister so we could enjoy the ceramic classes. The little red school house will always have a big part of my ♡.

  11. Charles Stronconi says:

    I attended PS 15 from1960 to 1961 I still remember the “PS 15 Theme song”. I would love to take a walk through that old “Little Red School House”

  12. I attended PS 15 from 1960 to1961 I still remember the two PS15 theme songs. I would truly enjoy taking a walk through that old “Little Red School House”. Fond memories!

  13. Neil Rathjen says:

    Attended PS 15 from appx. 47 through 52
    Principal: Mrs. Walpole
    Kindergarten: Mrs. Kelly (Dancing around the May-Pole)
    1st & 2nd grades: Mrs. Christabelle Meyer
    3rd & 4th grades: Mrs. Maude Finneran (Lived across the Street in a two Family)
    5th grade was taught by Mrs. Dorothy Clark
    Remember those hydrogen bomb drills?
    Down to the painted basement floor, role out the oil cloth & tuck your head.
    Remember sucking the honeysuckle flowers after school right around the corner?
    And the king of baseball card flipping Ms. Blanche Bracco?
    Exciting times!
    Great to see that it is now a functioning Land mark!

  14. Kenneth A Scannapiego says:

    Like Neil I attended from 48-55 for K-6th grade. That was the first year for six grade. Would love to hear from some old classmates if you’re still out there. Like Bucky, Ken Thompson, Paul Bernardino.
    My personal email address is
    I moved away from New York in 1967 after graduating from CCNY.

    I moved to Cleveland Tennessee in 1975 and have never left the south since.

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