High schools are under increasing demands to ensure that all students graduate ready for careers and college. This is a difficult task given the ever-changing characteristics of the students, the colleges/universities, and the labor markets that receive them upon graduation. This article provides an analysis of the earliest high schools in the State of Washington at the turn of the 19th century. The analysis illustrates a series of shifts and adaptations undertaken by schools to meet the rapidly changing landscape in the communities in which they were situated. The study was done through extensive archival research on the earliest programs of study offered by Washington State schools and illustrates the changes that these schools went through during this time. This historical lens provides an important template with which to evaluate current school structures as they continue to look for ways to provide a meaningful education for all students.



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