The Kentucky School for the Deaf is proud to have played a vital part in the education of deaf and hard-of-hearing students since its founding in 1823. It will continue to provide a quality education to the students of the Commonwealth of Kentucky as we move forward into the future.
First State-Supported School
The original institution called "Kentucky Asylum for the Tuition of the Deaf and Dumb"
First Deaf Supervisor (houseparent)
Barney McMahon. pupil 1823-1827. supervisor 1827-1831
First Deaf Teacher
John Blount: pupil 1843-1847, teacher 1847-1865
First Graduate and First Female Deaf Teacher
Elizabeth Ann Young: pupil 1847-1854, graduated in 1854 and taught from 1854 to 1858.
First Male Graduate
Robert King: pupil 1852-59, successful businessman
kentucky school for the deaf 200th anniversary
Kentucky School for the Deaf, the fourth oldest school for the Deaf in the United States, celebrates its Bicentennial in 2022-23! Parties, commemorative events, speeches and social gatherings will attract deaf and hearing visitors from across the United States. Collecting materials for this article helped us see clearly how our school began and how far we have travelled in our quest to educate deaf and hard-of-hearing students in Kentucky.
First Deaf Superintendent
Harvey Corson- 1994-2001
First Hearing Female Teacher
Julia Jacobs Heron- 1863-73
First “Colored School” Teacher
Morris T. Long: pupil 1845-1860;