The first athletes in high school had many obstacles to overcome

In this episode of Step Back in Time, Robert Fritz looks back on the challenge of attending high school athletics in Otsago County in the 1920s and 1930s.

GAYLORD – In the late 1920s and early 1930s, Otsago County School was much different from what it is today.

One-room schools taught the kindergarten until the eighth grade and were located in the various towns. Most of the eighth-grade students completed their formal education and went out to work on the farm. It is worth remembering that in those days many of the students’ parents and grandparents were illiterate. Most of the agricultural work was done by hand, and help, especially from the boys, was desperately needed. It was indeed an honor to have a high school graduate in the family.

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