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Spooner Teachers Normal Training School

The demand for qualified teachers was at a high early in the history of the Washburn Co. education history. Students aspiring to be rural school teachers followed a special study program.  By the time they had graduated from high school, they were prepared for employment in a rural school.

Later, at least one year of post-graduate study was necessary to become a teacher in the rural schools.  Because of the demand for rural teachers, almost every county had a 'normal' school.  There was one located in Hayward and also one at Rice Lake.  The Spooner Teachers Normal Training School was started abut 1913.  Miss Syles was the first instructor.  During the Depression, the requirements for a teaching degree were again expanded and the Spooner Teachers Normal Training School was discontinued.


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