The Bayard School History

  • Thomas F. Bayard

    The Bayard School was named after Thomas F. Bayard (October 29, 1828-September 28, 1898), an American lawyer, politician, and diplomat from Wilmington, Delaware.

    Mr. Bayard served as the United States Senator from Delaware for sixteen years (1869-1885). He was instrumental in keeping Delaware in the Union and was a contender for the Democratic nomination for president in 1880 and 1884.

    Mr. Bayard was appointed Secretary of State by President Grover Cleveland in 1885. In 1893, Bayard was appointed ambassador to Great Britain, the first U.S. representative to Great Britain to hold that rank. His term at the American Embassy ended in 1897, and he died the following year.

    The Bayard School Buildings

    • 1925 - Original building
    • 1973 - Present facility