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Re: HBCUs: Historically Black Colleges & Universit
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"A normal school was a school created to train high school graduates to be teachers."
I attended school through the 8th grade in a two-room country school. When I started school, neither of my teachers had college degrees, but likely had finished the two-year "normal school" process.
I know this because I can remember that during at least some of my time there, both of my school's teachers were attending school during the summers to finish their college degrees. And they were not youngsters, both being quite a bit older than my parents. This was true of many of the teachers in the country schools in the county (each "country" community had its own elementary school). The same was probably true of teachers in many other places too, particularly in rural areas.
To give you a time-frame, I graduated high school in 1957 from the consolidated high school. The country school kids came to town for high school, starting in 9th grade and attended school along with the "town" kids. These country schools were not phased out until the early to mid-1970's.
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