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State Public School

State Public School | Photograph | Wisconsin Historical Society
Exterior of the State Public School grounds, with numerous school buildings.
Exterior of the State Public School grounds, with numerous school buildings.
Image ID:25855
Creation Date: 1893
Creator Name:Bennett, H. H. (Henry Hamilton), 1843-1908
Collection Name:Lecher, Paul G. : Wisconsin state institutions photographs, 1893
Original Format Type:photographic print, b&w
Original Format Number:PH 1687
Original Dimensions:10 x 8 inches
The State Public School in Sparta was chartered by the Legislature in 1885 as a "temporary home for dependent and neglected children," and opened its doors in November 1886. Instructing students in "the elementary branches of an English education," its facilities included a central building, a two-story schoolhouse, brick cottages, barns, and a hospital. Enrollment ranged between 200 and 300 in the early 1890s, and state expenses for the School totaled over $328,000 by 1892.
School buildings
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