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Celebrating deep educational roots

by The 100 Companies

According to the Grand Canyon Historical Society, this month marks an auspicious milestone in Arizona’s deep commitment to public education: July 10 marks 112 years since the first school at the Grand Canyon was founded in 1911 – one year before Arizona achieved statehood.

The inaugural schoolhouse, loaned by Ralph and Niles Cameron, was situated south of the current head of Bright Angel Trail; Miss Grace Miller and County Circuit Judge Layton served as the first teacher and superintendent, respectively.

By 1913, a larger building (with quarters for the teacher) was constructed and the 1914-15 academic year commenced with 29 students.

– Hannah Van Sickle, The Arizona 100

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