On This Day In Alabama History: Alabama Girls’ Industrial School Opened

| October 12, 2017 @ 5:00 am

By Graydon Rust
Alabama 200

October 12, 1896

The University of Montevallo opened as the Alabama Girls’ Industrial School, the first state-supported girls’ industrial high school. Founded by Julia Tutwiler and state Sen. Sol Bloch, the school opened with an original class of 150 and taught a range of subjects including telegraphy, carpentry and kindergarten instruction. Today, the university enrolls 3,000 students, is one of only 25 public liberal arts institutions in the country, and offers more than 30 academic programs. The central part of Montevallo’s campus is a designated National Historic District, and 28 of the university’s structures are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

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