200 years of history

"Along with Emma Willard and a handful of other institutions, we were the leader in female education," he said.

Sue Rockmore, who graduated from The Albany Academy School for Girls in 1963, said her family has a lot of history with the school. Her mother had graduated from the Academies, her grandfather was once president of the board of trustees and her aunt went on to become the first president of the board of trustees.

She said this celebration will be an important one, as her granddaughter just started attending the girl's academy. It also brings her back to volunteering for the school, which she stopped doing in 1998.

"I was thrilled when they asked me to chair with John," she said. "It's a good group of people to work with. It's just exciting."

Rockmore said if you look back 200 years ago, slavery was still legal in the United States, which she said amazes her. She also looks back on the school's history and the part in played in women's education.

"I feel the responsibility to continue to provide the quality education I believe I received and for the future of women in this area," she said. "I feel it is a large responsibility."

McClintock also understands the importance of making the bicentennial celebration an important one.

"You only get a chance to do this once," he said. "For the 100th year celebration, they had a great time. They basically took over downtown with parades and celebrations. We want to have a great time, too.""

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