The purpose of this historical study was to gain a deeper understanding of the community school and its developer, Herbert M. Hamlin. Primary sources including texts, magazines, monographs, and an oral interview and secondary sources including books, journals, and magazines were analyzed. The researchers found Hamlin's community school philosophy revolved around practical applications of a community-based program of education. His philosophy was grounded in the ideals of the American democratic process and rural communities. Community schools represented a logical way for today's teachers to intertwine the community and program's needs and wants.