| These were the words of Annie E. Vinton as she spoke to students, staff, and members of the community at an assembly on January 27, 1952. On this day the brand-new six room Annie E. Vinton School opened for 153 pupils in grades one through eight. Children were transferred to the new facility from Reynolds School, Ridges School and Eagleville School.
Annie E. Vinton was born on December 22, 1869 in Somersville, CT. Most of her adult life was spent in the Eagleville section of town where she served as postmaster of the Eagleville Post Office for over 20 years. Mrs. Vinton was married to Frederick O. Vinton, the high sheriff of Tolland County.
Annie E. Vinton was instrumental in the creation of a modern school on the west side of Mansfield. In fact, the school, while on the drawing board, was known as West Side School. Annie E. Vinton served on the Board of Education from 1921 to 1940 and on the Board of Trustees at UConn for ten years. She served three terms in the Connecticut State Legislature and worked diligently for causes beneficial to children and education. She considered the people of Eagleville to be her extended family. She was constantly surrounded in her home by children who would ask for help with homework. She frequently edited the monthly publication of the "Annie Vinton Special," the school newspaper. In an article for the paper Mrs. Vinton was asked if she had any hobbies. "Schools" she replied. "They've been my hobby for years."
Annie E. Vinton died of heart disease on December 12, 1961, at the age of 91. She is buried in the Storrs Cemetery on North Eagleville Road. Her strong commitment to educating all children proudly lives on, dedicated to her memory, at the Annie E. Vinton School in Mansfield Center, Connecticut.