Vincent D. Waraske, Paterson Historian
Following the Civil War, Paterson was booming and population was increasing rapidly. Mayor John Ryle and the Board of Alderman found it necessary to construct a school in the new "near Eastside" section of Paterson.
In 1870 a school building was constructed on the northwest corner of Summer and Ellison Streets. School No. 6, for many years, contained the primary department, grammar department, high school and the Paterson Normal School (a teacher training institution which was the forerunner of William Paterson University and was begun in Paterson in 1855).
Of the entire student body at that time, only 3% were in high school, 15% in the grammar department grades 5-8 and 82% in the primary grades.
The grim and stern realities of life compelled early withdrawal for many students who withdrew to enter factories in Paterson.
For 50 years School No. 6 operated at the Summer Street location.
Following World War I the area of Paterson north of Broadway experienced a great surge in population causing overcrowding at old No. 1 and School No. 10 as well as at No. 6.
Therefore, in 1920 work was begun on a new School No. 6 as additions to the old building were no longer practical.
The city acquired the mansions of the Katz and Norwood families at Nos. 121 and 131 Carroll Street. This land was leveled and construction commenced on the new building.
The new School No. 6 was the latest word in school construction and contained a modern gymnasium and many other new educational departments.
Many of the graduates of No. 6 became outstanding professional figures and were a credit to the city and our nation as well. Senator Lautenberg is just one example of an outstanding alumnus.