Schools of Mount Desert Island

part of the Mount Desert Island Cultural History Project

(updated 29 July 2013)



to the Schools of Mount Desert Island home page, part of the Mount Desert Island Cultural History Project.

Purpose of this web page:

The purpose of this web page is to present information about Mount Desert Island’s schools. If little is known about a school, it will be reported below. If a picture becomes available or when substantially more information is learned, a separate web page will be created for that school and a link will be provided below.

How to contribute:

All information (including images) should be e-mailed to or sent by traditional mail to MDI Schools, c/o Mount Desert Island Historical Society; P. O. Box 653; Mount Desert, ME 04660.

Click on the name of the town you are interested in, or scroll down to see information for all the towns on Mount Desert Island.

Bar Harbor|Mount Desert|Southwest Harbor|Tremont


Bar Harbor
Bar Harbor High School– Cottage Street
1906: construction approved at town meeting
designed by Frederick L. Savage
Bar Harbor Intermediate School
Bar Harbor School (District 2) – Hulls Cove
Conners-Emerson School – 11 Eagle Lake Road
Mount Desert Island High School

Mount Desert
Dunham school – Seal Harbor
Gilman school – Northeast Harbor
designed by Frederick L. Savage and Milton W. Stratton
1897: built (to replace 1891 school)
named for Daniel Coit Gilman
1907: enlarged to accommodate high school students
ca. 1951: torn down
Mount Desert Elementary School – Joy Road
Pretty Marsh Schoolhouse (schoolhouse in 2007; plaque in 2007)
Seal Harbor
“W. S. Smallidge has about completed the new schoolhouse which will be one of the best on the island, and will add greatly to the comfort of all.” [Bar Harbor Record, Wednesday, March 28, 1900; p. 4, col. 2] Somesville common school – north end of village
1898: built for pre-high school students
1903: high school students added
1929: enlarged
1943: high school moved to Northeast Harbor
1980s: converted to residential condominiums

Sound School House – Village of Sound


1932: Decommissioned as a school; became Sound community center

1999: Sold to Mount Desert Island Historical Society for use a education space and offices

Southwest Harbor
Pemetic Elementary School – Main Street

Bass Harbor
“The old schoolhouse that is being removed from its former site to the premises of Daniel Cough, who purchased it from the town last fall, has reached the center of Capt. McRae’s swamp, and looks lonely in its doorless and windowless state.” [Bar Harbor Record, Wednesday, February 14, 1900; p. 4, col. 4] Seal Cove
“The winter term of school commenced Monday, January 8, [1900], Miss Louisa Heath as teacher.” [Bar Harbor Record, Wednesday, January 10, 1900; p. 4, col. 4]

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