Dobrinz School

Dobrinz School

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Built 5 to 10 miles west of West Fargo in the Mapleton Township in 1895, this school was named after John Dobrinz, who was the farmer nearest to it at the time of its construction. Like most schools in the area at the time, Dobrinz school taught students of all ages and their advancement between grades was dependent on how many books they had successfully completed. Content varied between schools but even when North Dakota was a still just a territory, schools were required to teach students on the subjects or arithmetic, history, geography and “hygiene.” As a territory, North Dakota had few high schools, with early ones being in larger towns like Bismarck and Fargo. Eventually small rural schools like Dobrinz began to close though if you drive through North Dakota you can still spot some in the countryside.

Question: What was North Dakota’s first University?

Answer: The University of North Dakota, which was founded 1883, 6 years before North Dakota achieved Statehood in 1889.

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