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May 2017

The New York School for the Deaf, nicknamed Fanwood from its old uptown-Manhattan location, is celebrating its bicentennial. Although it was organized before the “Hartford Asylum” (American School for the Deaf), the “New York Institution” didn’t actually open until 1818. Fanwood is legendary for its half-century-plus stretch as a military school (uniforms, drills, rituals, ranks, discipline, and a marching band) that inspired nine other schools for the deaf to follow suit. Now located in White Plains, north of Manhattan, Fanwood continues to make history.

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