The Northwestern Normal School
23 & 24 of "The Oklahoma Book" - The Next Star on the Flag - 1903 Report ]
The Northwestern Normal School,
of Alva, was the second normal to be established in Oklahoma.
The Law establishing it was enacted by the legislative assembly of 1897,
and the purpose of its founding was for the instruction of persons in the art
of teaching and in all the various branches pertaining to the public schools of
Oklahoma Territory. The faculty was at first composed of a
president and two teachers, and it has grown from year to year until now the
faculty is composed of a president and 23 teachers. The enrollment has increased from year to
year until it reached 610 for the past school year. The Northwestern
Normal School is located in the
beautiful city of Alva, the county seat of Woods
county, the most populous county in Oklahoma.
The site of this school is one of the finest in the West, being situated
on an eminence one-half mile south of the center of town.
sanitary history of the school and the city has demonstrated beyond any
reasonable doubt that no more healthful place can be found than Alva and its
immediate surroundings. The purest of
spring water is furnished the school and city, which largely assists in
maintaining a high degree of healthfulness.
has a population of about 3,500 people, made up of people from all parts of the
Many fine homes have been built during the past year, and there is an
effort on the part of all residents to make Alva a beautiful and refined town,
one that by its outward appearance would indicate culture and refinement to the
most casual observer upon first visitation.
The school is the pride of all citizens, and to it they give most loyal support.
past year many permanent improvements have been made which add largely to the
better equipment of the building. The cost of these improvements amount to $8,515.51. Besides these improvements, $2,800 of past
indebtedness has been cancelled. The
seventh legislative assembly appropriated $2,200 and the literary societies paid
the balance. The commercial department that was organized one yar ago, and thoroughly equipped with all modern
conveniences, has proven to be one of the popular departments, having enrolled
between 40 and 50 pupils during the past year.
A biological workshop with all modern tools and museum
of more than 100 specimens, in a fine cabinet, have been a part of the
improvements along scientific lines. New
steel cases for the library and about $1,200 worth of books have been added to
this part of the institution. The
interior of the building has been much improved by the addition of an electric
light system throughout.
legislative assembly made it mandatory upon the normal schools of Oklahoma Territory to establish kindergarten
departments within one year after the passage of the bill. The Northwestern Normal School
has established such a department to carry out the provisions of the act.
of study has been much extended and improved and is now equal to the best
normal school in the West.
One of the
contemplated improvements for the coming year is to enlarge the seating
capacity of the assembly hall. The hall
is now seated with desks, and it is the purpose to have the hall seated with
600 opera chairs, thus improving the seating accommodations.
now six courses maintained in the institution - English-scientific, Latin,
modern language, commercial, kindergarten, and music, Graduates of the first
three courses receive diplomas, which are equal to five-year certificates, and
may be renewed at the end of each five years by the Territorial superintendent.
holding first grade certificates are admitted to the freshman year of the
normal department without examination.
Students from accredited high schools, other normal schools, university,
agriculture college, and the preparatory university
are admitted to the normal department without examination and are given credits
commensurate with the progress made in the other schools. Owing to the very satisfactory work done in
all the departments during the past year, but little change was made in the
membership of the faculty for the coming year.
The Northwestern Normal School is taking a very
creditable rank with the very best institutions in the Territory. With its magnificent building, thoroughly
equipped, and with a faculty of 23 able and experienced teachers, and a student
body of six or seven hundred pupils, this institution is bound to have a very
excellent influence on Oklahoma
and her institutions.