Minerva Central School
PO Box 39, 1466 County Route 29 - Olmstedville, NY 12857
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Alma Mater
 Words make you think a thought. Music makes you feel a feeling.  A song makes you feel a thought.”

- E.Y. Harburg

The Alma Mater first appears in full in the 1965 yearbook with the above sketch of the school, which is unsigned.  The first stanza appears in the 1957 and 58 yearbooks underneath photographs of the school.  
Sketch of Minerva Central School
 It is believed that Helen Barnes who taught music at Minerva Central School for many years wrote the lyrics to our Alma Mater. 

Helen in 1957Minerva Central School Faculty 1957

Front: Robert Savarie, Helen Barnes, Ruth Jackson, Louis Paini, Back: Daniel O’Rourk, Theodore Hoffa, John J. Leach, Gordon Downe, Archie Marino


Helen in 1971Helen Barnes 1971


  Alma Mater


Proudly stands our Alma Mater

Ever glorious to view

We thy children love thy honor,

To the green and white are true.

We will ever sing thy praises,

Ever praise her name,

Live to make our lives add luster

To her truths and glorious fame.


Let the glad notes wake the echoes

Joyfully we cry

Hail to thee our Alma Mater

Hail, all hail Minerva High.

We will ever live to love her,

Faithful, loyal, and true

We shall think of days we spent here

Alma Mater, dear, with you.


Though the coming years shall part us

From thy ever watchful care

We will turn with fondest yearning

To the halls and scenes so fair.

So farewell dear Alma Mater,

May thy name we humbly pray,

Be reverenced ever after As it is by us today
Last Modified on October 29, 2015
PO Box 39, 1466 County Route 29
Olmstedville, NY  12857