Profile America: First Junior High School

Saturday, September 7th. Of the millions of students going to class in the new school year, many are attending junior high schools or middle schools.

The first such school in the nation opened its doors on this date in 110 years ago — the Indianola Junction Junior High School in Columbus, Ohio. In 1909, the school’s ninth grade students were offered courses in English, German, algebra, science and geography, as well as manual training, domestic science, history and the government of Ohio.

Today, most middle schools are composed of grades six to eight, some even five to eight, with a much changed curriculum. Of the nation’s 76 million students — from preschool to graduate school — some 16.3 million of them are enrolled in grades five to eight.

Profile America is in its 23rd year as a public service of the U.S. Census Bureau. You can find more facts about America from the U.S. Census Bureau online.