This high school was the first of its kind and was founded in Boston.
Massachusetts passes a law requiring towns of more than 500 to have a high school.
Horace Mann, an education activist and reformer, becomes secretary of the Massachusetts state board of education. He works for increased funding of public schools and better training for teachers.
First African Institute opens in Pennsylvania, a step forward in the treatment of free African-Americans.
First Public Library opens in Boston.
The National Teachers Association is founded.
Howard University is established in Washington D.C. to provide education to African American youth.
Prestigious school of Stanford University is founded.
As the U.S. enters World War 1, Louis Termon and his team develop Alpha and Beta tests for the Army to determine the intellectual capabilities of cadets, and while this has little effect on the war, it sets the groundwork for standardized testing.
American Federation of Teachers is founded, implementing a more cohesive system for teachers rights