Arthur Street School is Dunedin’s longest established school having somewhat unique beginning. It started on board the “Phillip Laing” where the immigrants’ school teacher, James Blackie commenced classes. On arrival, the school was transferred to a waterfront site near the foot of Dowling Street where it was known as the Beach School. In 1864 the school was shifted to the corner of Tennyson Street and York Place where it was known as the Middle School. In 1877 it was shifted to its present site and renamed Arthur Street School. The school was rebuilt in the mid 1960’s replacing the original buildings with the ones you see today.