“Imbued with an insatiable desire to improve her skills, Sarah Scott was an unpretentious Terre Haute school teacher for 40 years.”
This descriptive sentence of educator Sarah Scott (1856-1915) begins a Wabash Valley Profiles ad sponsored by Terre Haute First National (Financial) Bank and written by Vigo County Historian Mike McCormick. The ad appeared in the Aug. 30, 2001, issue of the Terre Haute Tribune-Star.
Indeed, Sarah Scott was “imbued with an insatiable desire” for education. Soon after graduating from Terre Haute High School in 1874, Sarah enrolled at Indiana State Normal. While teaching school, she spent her summers attending classes in Chautauqua, N.Y. She pursued classes via correspondence and enrolled in more summer classes. Sarah later earned a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from Indiana University.
Two years after her death in 1915, the Terre Haute School Board voted to name a new school at the corner of Ninth and Minshall streets in her honor. Today, Sarah Scott Middle School is still one of the fine schools in the Vigo County School Corporation.
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