Old Main, The Farmers" High School of Pennsylvania, Centre County, PA, 1859.
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A building sits in the background and young farmers with a horse and plow pose in the foreground.

Credit: Courtesy of the Pennsylvania State University Archives

Founded in 1855 to advance agrarian values and improve farming, Penn State University began its life as the Farmers" High School of Pennsylvania. The nation's third agricultural college, it was called a "high school" to disarm working farmers" suspicion of higher education.

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