Concerns Center on One-Room Schools

High Schools on Upswing
June 30, 1915

Edwin J. Taylor, state superintendent of schools, reports that free public education is available to all North Dakotans. He is encouraged by the growth of high schools. In 1890 only a handful of the largest towns operated high schools. Only 570 students, most of which were women, were enrolled. Now towns of all sizes have opened high schools, numbering over 130, and 9,000 attend the advanced courses of study. Over 1,000 are graduating each year.

Marmarth is proud of its three-story brick high school in 1911.

Taylor is concerned about the quality of instruction in the 4,722 one-room rural schools which comprise half of the state’s schools. The school year is short, only 84 days, and often even shorter when students have to work on the farm. Rural teachers are not very well trained. Superintendent Taylor explained that about 3,000 of the one-room school teachers have not gone beyond the eighth grade.

The Oberon girls’ high school basketball team in 1911.

There is concern for the quality of teaching in country schools like this one.

Fessenden has high school in a fine 1901 building with a tennis court in the back.


By Dr. D. Jerome Tweton


Originally published as The North Star Dakotan student newspaper, written by Dr. D. Jerome Tweton and supported by the North Dakota Humanities Council.

Grade Level


Subject Matter

Social Studies

North Star Dakotan:

Journals and Art Work: The Indian People, The Trade, and The Land

The Indian People

The Purchase and Exploration of Louisiana

The Fur Trade

Dakota Territory

The Military Frontier

The Reservation System

George Armstrong Custer and the Battle of the Little Bighorn

The Great Dakota Boom, 1878-1890

Reservation Troubles, 1886-1890

The Making of a State and a Constitution

The North Dakota Economy, 1890-1915

Life on the Indian Reservations

The North Dakota National Guard and the Philippines

North Dakota, The Great War and After

The Nonpartisan League's Rise to Power

The Nonpartisan League in Power

The Nonpartisan League's Decline

The 1920s

1930s: North Dakota's Economic and Political Climate

The New Deal in North Dakota

The Road to World War II

North Dakota and American Society

North Dakota Optimism and Economic Developments

North Dakota and Political Change

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