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The school is strictly professional, and its
aim is to qualify teachers in the )est possible
manner for the work of the scllool-room.
FIRST I)ECAI)E.

1879-'80 .............
1880-'81 .............
1881-'82.............
1882-'83 .............
1883-'84 .............
1884-'85 .............
1885-'86.............
1886-'87.........
1887-'88............
188 -'89 ............
1890-'91.............

Enrolled. Graduated.
110 ... 37

144
lt;5
12(5
190
200)
215
212
284
26;7
320

No effort has been made to
numbers, but rather the lbet

55
73
77
101
118
138
147
168
78

secure large
material for

making efficient teachers. None are admitted
under seventeen years of age, or who do not
possess a good knowledge of the common
branches. All students sign a pledge to
teach in the public schools of the State.
The standard for admission has been
steadily raised as the educational agencies of
tlhe State have become more efficient. The
aimn is to make this strictly a professional
school for preparing trained teachers for the
public schools of Texas. Academic instruction
is given only so far as they find it absolutely
necessary; and this necessity, we are
pleased to say, steadily diminishes from year
to year, as the public schools, high schools
and colleges of the State become more thorough
in their instruction.
With the session beginning September 17,
1889, the scliool entered upon its second decade,
with an enrollment of over 300 students.
The school having outgrown its accommodations,
the twenty-first legislature,

with wise liberality, appropriated $40,000 to
erect an additional building. The new building
has been erected and is now occupied. It
is a model school ibuildino, with all the mloderin
appliances, and furnishes ample accolitImiodations
for 500 students.
This institution is ultrder control of the
State Board of Edueation, composed of tle
Go erllor, ComIptroller of Public Accoltunts
and Secretary of State, who will appoint a
local board for its immediate supervision.
Value of buildings~ and grounds.. .$105,000
Value of library and appaiattus... 15,00(
Total....................... $120,000
Total appropriations for support
from organization to date......$236,000
Donations from Peabody fund .... 50,000
PRAIRI VIEW STATE NORMAL SCHOOL.
This institution is located six miles east of
Ilempstead, in Waller county. It is a branch
of the Agricultural and Mechanical College
of Texas, and under the government of the
Board of Directors of that schllool. Originally
it was designed for an i, diistrial sclnool,
but the lack of education among the colored
people of the State, and the pressing need of
trained teachers for the colored schools, led
to a change of objects, and it was therefore
converted into a normal school for training
colored teachers. The constant and steadily
increasing patronage it has since received is
the best evidence of the wisdom of the
change-the session of 1888-'89 having the
largest attendance and being the most prosperous
in the history of the institution.
Since its establishment 757 teachers have
received more or less professional training,
and a large number, of them are occupying
influential and profitable positions in the

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Lewis Publishing Company, publisher. History of Texas, together with a biographical history of Milam, Williamson, Bastrop, Travis, Lee and Burleson counties : containing a concise history of the state, with portraits and biographies of prominent citizens of the above named counties, and personal histories of many of the early settlers and leading families. Chicago. The Portal to Texas History. http://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth29785/. Accessed November 28, 2014.