Our History

Built in 1867, P.S. 34 Oliver H. Perry Elementary School is a New York Historical Landmark, based in the heart of Greenpoint, Brooklyn.

The Landmarks Preservation Commission designated P.S. 34 a landmark on April 12, 1983. The school’s façade has been restored and repaired.  Built in 1867, after the end of the Civil War and the assassination of President Lincoln, P.S. 34 is the oldest continuously operating Elementary School in Brooklyn.

For nearly a century and a half, P.S. 34 has been a neighborhood institution in the Greenpoint section of Brooklyn. It has become a living link to Greenpoint’s rich history and a symbol of the traditional concern for education expressed by the people of Brooklyn.

Who was Oliver H. Perry?

P.S. 34 was named after Oliver Hazard Perry, an American naval officer. He led the fleet that defeated the British in the Battle of Lake Erie during the War of 1812.

  • He was born on August 23, 1785.
  • He earned the nickname “Hero of Lake Erie” for leading American forces to naval victory at the Battle of Lake Erie.
  • He was the first in history to defeat an entire British squadron and successfully brought back every ship to his base as a prize of war.     
  • In 1819, during an expedition in Venezuela, he died of Yellow Fever.