Norwalk High School Class of 1907 Demographics – Social Stratum

Before I address who in the class of 1907 went on to college after graduation, I would like to expand on the subject of the exclusive nature of high school attendance in 1907. Below is a photo of the Senior (class of 1906) and Junior (class of 1907) study hall at Norwalk High School in the spring of 1906: sixty-five students in all. There were twenty-six graduates in 1907. [1] The Class of 1906 had thirty-one graduates, [2] for a total of fifty-seven graduates over two years.

Eighty-eight percent of the students in this photo would graduate within the next two years. But this must have been just a fraction of the number of young people in their mid to late teens living in Norwalk, Oho at that time. Where were the rest?

Working is my guess.

Norwalk High School - Junior, Senior Study Hall

Junior, Senior Study Hall, Norwalk High School, 1906.

My grandmother listed the names of all the students in the class, and the faculty members behind them. But one person she did not name: the young African-American standing in the back. Did she know his name, I wonder?

 

Footnotes:

[1] “School Life is Ended,” The Norwalk Daily Reflector, June 15, 1907, page 1-2, column 6.

[2] “High School Commencement,” Norwalk Daily Reflector, June 7, 1906, page 3, column 3.

 

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5 Responses

  1. From where he is standing I’d say it might be called racism … it’s been around since Adam and he is the only one .. that would be the question I would be asking – where are the others and how/why did he get into this exclusive white school?

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  2. I don’t think he was a student, but instead was a janitor, or did some other work around the school. Why was he in the photo? What was his relationship with the students? What was his name? These questions have bothered me since I saw this photo.

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  3. and what a delightful insight into the era if you could find some answers 🙂

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  4. Definitely! I’ll try to figure out something. Thanks for your comments and your interest.

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  5. that’s the magic of blogging, so many very different posts and types of blogs 🙂

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