Henry Ford Trade School

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Henry Ford believed that a working knowledge of industrial arts was the most practical knowledge a young man could have. To this end, Ford established several schools where he could offer a technical education that would prepare people for work in industry. His first and major trade school was begun in Highland Park, Michigan in 1916 adjacent to Ford Motor Company's Highland Park Plant, opening with six boys and one instructor. Frederick E. Searle was appointed superintendent. Classes not only emphasized the mechanical arts leading to tool-and-die making but also included English, history, drafting, chemistry, physics, metallurgy, and bookkeeping, with classwork alternating bi-weekly with shop practice. Admission was based on need, and the school was unique in that it provided scholarships to each student and did not require that the student be an employee of the Ford Motor Company. By 1927, a larger branch opened at the Rouge River Plant in Dearborn, an academic division with ninety-one acres of school buildings, playgrounds, and vegetable gardens. By 1931, enrollment reached a peak of 2,800 with 135 instructors, and the two branch schools consolidated into one at the Rouge. The Henry Ford Trade School, which produced 8,000 graduates, closed in July of 1952.

From the description of Henry Ford Trade School records, 1919-1953. (The Henry Ford). WorldCat record id: 70180050

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referencedIn Humberstone, James, 1909-. James Humberstone papers, 1916-1952 (bulk 1928-1936) The Henry Ford, Benson Ford Research Center
referencedIn Searle, Frederick E. (Frederick Edwards), 1871- 1972. Frederick E. Searle papers, 1919-1947. The Henry Ford, Benson Ford Research Center
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referencedIn Ford Motor Company. Rouge Division. Controller's Office. Controller's Office records subseries, 1916-1949 (bulk 1925-1946) The Henry Ford, Benson Ford Research Center
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referencedIn Ford Motor Company. Photographic Dept. General photographs series, 1913-1954. The Henry Ford, Benson Ford Research Center
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referencedIn Charette, Paul. Report, 1963. Dearborn Historical Museum
referencedIn Ford Motor Company. Office of the Treasurer. Office of the Treasurer (Ford Motor Company) records subgroup, 1903-1919 (bulk 1909-1919) The Henry Ford, Benson Ford Research Center
creatorOf Greenberg, Robert. Diploma, 1938. Dearborn Historical Museum
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associatedWith Charette, Paul. person
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associatedWith Ford Motor Company. Purchasing Dept. corporateBody
associatedWith Ford Motor Company. Rouge Division. Controller's Office. corporateBody
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associatedWith Greenberg, Robert. person
associatedWith Harvard, Claude, 1911- person
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associatedWith Humberstone, James, 1909- person
associatedWith Husen, Otto H., 1896-. person
associatedWith Lewis, David Lanier, 1927- person
associatedWith Martin, P. E. (Peter Edmund), 1882-1944. person
associatedWith Nicholson, Fred, b. 1902. person
associatedWith Searle, Frederick E. (Frederick Edwards), 1871- 1972. person
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Michigan
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Automobile industry workers
Business and education
Vocational education
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Automobile industry and trade
Trade schools
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