Info hounds will learn much about our founder and school on these pages, including these tidbits:
• Pratt's specific style of progressive education, focused on first-hand experiences, open-ended materials, and social studies, has been cited and described by figures as noted as John Dewey
and the architect and playground designer David Rockwell.
• Pratt was a special instructor in woodworking, training teachers to be proficient in skills such as gauging, squaring, sawing, chiseling, planning and boring, doweling, and chamfering.
• Pratt was Principal of the City and Country School until she retired in 1945. She continued on as Principal Emerita until her death on June 6, 1954.
• Pratt appears in "City Activities with Dance Hall
," one of ten panels in Thomas Hart Benton's mural America Today
• Some of our notable staff has included Pete Seeger
, folk singer (Vocal Instructor, 1949) and Charles Pollock
• Some of our notable alumni includes Hilary Knight
, illustrator and co-creator of Eloise
(1940) and Eric Van Lustbader
, author (1960).