A century ago, three new high schools opened on the same day in Broome County.

The former Johnson City High School building at 435 Main Street, which opened 100 years ago this week, now is the NY-Penn Trade Center. BOB JOSEPH/WNBF NEWS

Students in Binghamton, Johnson City and Endicott started the school year in new buildings on September 7, 1915.

Each of the schools was constructed on Main Street in the three communities. Each project cost just over $100,000.

The schools were just a few miles apart - Binghamton Central High School is about 7.6 miles east of Union-Endicott High School.

The Binghamton and Endicott schools will begin their second century of operations this week. Both of the campuses have been expanded and renovated over the years.

The Johnson City High School was used for just over a half-century before it was converted into a business facility. The district's current high school at 666 Reynolds Road opened in 1970.

New school construction in the Southern Tier doesn't happen very often these days. Two elementary schools are being built in Broome and Tioga counties to replace buildings wrecked by flooding that occurred four years ago this week.

Binghamton's $80 million MacArthur Elementary School and the $72 million Owego Elementary School are expected to open in a few months.

Union-Endicott High School at 1200 East Main Street is ready for the return of hundreds of students this week. BOB JOSEPH/WNBF NEWS

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