Port Chester traces its roots to 1660. Three settlers, Thomas Studwell, John Coe, and Peter Disbrow, purchased the land that would become Port Chester, New York from the Mohegan tribe of Native of Americans. Initially known as Saw Pit for its many saw mills, the area fueled the early ship builders, oystermen, fishermen, farmers and other tradespeople helping establish it as an important port.
Saw Pit couldn't last forever and eventually the name was cast aside in favor of Port Chester, as the village incorporated in 1868. Ever since, Port Chester has been a community on the rise.
Port Chester consists of about 2.5 square miles of land and is filled with a young, diverse community. Almost half of the more than 9,000 homes in Port Chester are occupied by married couples and over a third have children still at home.
These children are served by the Port Chester School district, which has committed to a program that advances the social and academic needs of their students. The district consists of four elementary schools: King Street School, Park Avenue School, Thomas A. Edison School and JFK Magnet School. Older children attend Port Chester Middle School and Port Chester High School.
Port Chester's elementary programs boast a very small average class size (19) and outstanding faculty. Faculty receive support from the district's Active Staff Development Council in helping students learn math, science, social studies, and computer skills.
Port Chester's middle school has its own planetarium and continues the same outstanding tradition of education that elementary programs begin.
Students advancing to Port Chester High School will attend a beautiful twenty acre campus with full amenities. Port Chester High's students enjoy football, baseball and soccer fields in addition to tennis courts, four science labs, a television studio, a library with 16,000 volumes, three computer centers and a professionally equipped auditorium.
While Port Chester has a lot to offer children, they don't need to have all the fun. Port Chester offers beaches, five public parks, basketball courts, baseball diamonds, tennis courts and a new state of the art soccer field. Port Chester residents who aren't out enjoying nature or friendly competition can be seen enjoying the rich, colorful downtown which has undergone a renaissance over the past few years and become a hot destination for residents in the surrounding areas. Of course, when city life calls, Port Chester residents are only a short ride on the Metro North away from New York City.
With a rich history and brilliant future, now is the time to take advantage of all Port Chester has to offer.