There is an interesting record collection in Ancestry Library Edition (Ancestry LE) that includes various publications of 19th and early 20th century schools (most high school level):.
U.S., High School Student Lists, 1821-1923
A majority of these publications date from the 19th century. They cover 35 states and Washington, D.C., plus a few volumes for schools in other countries.
You can search using any (or all) of these parameters:
First & Middle Name(s)
Keyword--e.g. pilot or "Flying Tigers"
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A quick check for Missouri schools reveals five institutions, including Howard High School (Fayette County, Missouri), for which a catalog is available for the 1854 school year. The school began operations ca. 1845, with 80 students. Its faculty must have been good at their jobs, for by 1853 the school had 360 boys and girls enrolled (actually a mix of what we would call middle school and high school students). Enrollment in 1853 was equally divided between boys and girls. The majority of students came from Howard and Randolph Counties in Missouri, with lesser numbers from:
St. Charles County
St. Louis City & County
The school had three departments:
The Preparatory Department was for younger students (or older ones who needed additional instruction prior to tackling high school level subjects). Course offerings were in fact challenging:
Math: Algebra; Plane & Solid Geometry; Trigonometry; Analytical Geometry; Integral Calculus
Languages: Latin; Greek
Science: Chemistry; Botany; Zoology; Geology; Meteorology; Astronomy
Political Science: Constitution of the U.S.; History; Ancient & Modern Geography; Chronology
Belles Lettres: Rhetoric; Elocution; Recitation from Great Authors & Poets
Metaphysics: Intellectual Philosophy; Moral Science; Evidences of Christianity; Natural Theology
These subjects were also available for an extra charge: German; French; Piano; Drawing
Students could board at the school, or in town at one of several boarding houses.
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