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This annual seeks to commemorate an event. An event which
makes a superlative addition to the structure of education that
has given Antigo a noteworthy position in the annals of state
teaching. An event which widens our grasp of the complex
modern world and enlarges the opportunity of our educators to
service well and adequately all the needs of our citizenry. It is to
the spirit of educational and civic progress that we dedicate this
book and it is the continuance and power of this spirit throughout
A'itigo's history in giving the city progressively better and Mrgcr
systems that this book in part seeks to portray. It is meant to be
an attestation ofthe educational riches of our city, and a passing
thanksgiving to those who have made us rich. May their spirit
survive in us that we as citizens of our community may finish and
augment their work.
Our people recognize the power of knowledge and foster schools."-1880.
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FIIST I-HGH SCHOOL
The history of education in Antigo dates from 1879 when the first small, ungraded school opened.
The schoolhouse was a log cabin that the builder had intended to use for a private residence. Miss
Anna Sheriff, the first teacher, had six pupils during that first term.
By 1882 a new school building was under construction but was not to be ready for several months.
Until the completion of this building, a second floor room in the Ben Spencer hotel was used. The at-
tendance had grown and this room was provided with fifty seats for the pupils expected: however,
many more pupils came than had been provided for. In fact, before December of that year, one hundred
pupils were enrolled.
A young graduate of the University of Wisconsin, Byron Oakley, came to Antigo in 1882, looking
for a place to open a law office. Instead, he became principal of the school, and when the new building
was ready for use, Mr. Oakley graded the school.
The new building, which was located where the public library now stands. was a "modem" frame
structure of that time. It consisted of four rooms, on two doors, and basement equipment with a
furnace. The enrollment continued to grow and before the end of the year seventy-three students
were in one of the rooms and the others were also overcrowded,
Mr. C. O. Marsh, also a graduate of the University of Wisconsin, was the next principal and super-
intendent of schools. In September, 1883, when Mr. Marsh came, the high school department was
added with a registration of forty-one students. A new wooden building was erected in the second
The Junior-Senior high school system was established in 1929.
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