University of Wisconsin-Superior (State Normal School)

The Superior State Normal School in Superior, Wisconsin, established by the state legislature in 1893, opened in 1896.1 It was created in order to educate young men and women so that they could teach in rural schools. A new idea was starting to gather steam, and the Normal School was prepared for it – it was called Kindergarten.2

With a two or four-year degree, students would be able to find employment in a number of small towns across the Midwest. Boasting of the best amenities in the area, the Normal school was proud of the professors it employed and the state-of-the-art equipment and buildings on the campus.

By 1915, the Superior State Normal School was an integral part of the community and had an enrollment of 483 Normal students, and 213 students in the training school, with a total of 397 summer session students. 3

The impressive State Normal School, circa 1913.

The impressive State Normal School, circa 1913.4

Go to Normal School and Teaching Curriculum

Go to Normal School Fire of 1914

Go to Yearbooks and the War

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1“Bulletin of the State Normal School,” Annual Catalogue, 1914-1915. Special Collections, UW-Superior University Archives; Superior, Wisconsin.
2“Gitche Gumme,” Student Yearbook, 39, 1917, University Archives, UW-Superior Special Collections; Superior, Wisconsin.
3“Bulletin of the State Normal School,” Annual Catalogue, 1914-1915. Special Collections, UW-Superior University Archives; Superior, Wisconsin.
4 “Northern Face of the Normal School, 1913-1914,” image, Special Collections, UW-Superior University Archives; Superior, Wisconsin.