Senior High School

The opening date of the Senior High School, located at the entrance of the town, could not be ascertained. These Senior High Schools were one of the key elements of the Tanzimat Era which was declared in 1839. In these schools, both Muslim and non-Muslim children were educated under the same roof. Thus, the youth from different races and religions could get to know each other and learn to share the same feelings as citizens, which would form the basis of the Ottoman nation.

There are many archival documents which provide information concerning the Senior High School in Serfice. On 7 Ra, 1322 (May 22, 1904); Hasan Bey was appointed as the art teacher (BOA, MF.MKT, 782/16). On 18 Ra, 1322 (June 2, 1904), Ahmed Rıfat Effendi was appointed to fill some free lessons (BOA, MF.MKT, 783/78). On 4 C, 1322 (August 16, 1904), Ahmed Sadık Effendi was appointed in place of Yasar Hayri Effendi as the instructor of History, Geography, French and Writing (BOA, MF.MKT, 797/279). On 4 B 1322, (September 14, 1904), Mehmed Sadık Effendi, a graduate of the ‘School of the Sultans’ was appointed as an apprentice teacher under the guidance of Lazarki Effendi with special conditions. Travel costs were given to Artin Effendi, who was appointed to Serfice from Prizren on 29 Ca, 1323 (August 1, 1905), (BOA, MF.MKT, 874/16). Records show that on 21 L, 1322 (December 29, 1904); Mehmed Sadık Effendi (BOA, MF.MKT, 822/2), and on 15 Za, 1322 (January 21, 1905) Ali Rıza Effendi were appointed to the Turkish, French and Geography lessons (BOA, MF.MKT, 826/12). On 29 Ra, 1326 (May 1, 1908), certain items such as maps and globes were sent to the Senior High School (BOA, MF.MKT., 1051/56). On 2 Ca, 1326 (June 2, 1908) Ottoman, Europe and America maps were requested for the Serfice High School and other schools (BOA, MF.MKT, 1097/13).

Today, the Senior High School stands empty in a large garden. While the building could use repair, it is evident that some have been made. The chooppings of the low a arched windows and the woodwork of the roof are new. The inscription or inscribed stone panel has not been found. The unhewn stone and plaster of the senior high school partially remained at the upper floors while other areas were sceaped.

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