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On This Day In History: October 10th

U.S. Naval Academy Opens

On October 10, 1845, in Annapolis, Maryland, the Naval School was established. The first class consisted of 7 professors and 50 midshipmen. The Naval School became the United States Naval Academy in 1850. Even though the Navy existed before this, a naval school hadn’t been established, although many had pushed for its establishment. Several people over the years suggested starting a school, but none were quite successful. 

The school started at an army post named Fort Severn on only 10 acres. It was established through the efforts of George Bancroft and started without Congressional funding. The Naval Academy had a curriculum including courses like mathematics, navigation, English, and chemistry. As time went on, and technology got more advanced, so did the academy. The academy grounds grew, the student body accumulated, and the curriculum became more advanced and sophisticated. Today, the U.S. Naval Academy offers over 26 majors of study. They offer ultramodern training to prepare future naval officers. 

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Jillian Tieskotter is a junior at Fillmore Central High School. She has one older sister and one younger brother. She enjoys reading, watching movies, and listening to music. She lives on a farm and spends a lot of time outdoors. She loves to spend time with her family and friends. 
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