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Madison Central High School Yearbooks


In June 1969, Madison’s Central-University High School held its final commencement exercises, a ceremony that signaled the end of an era.  Dane County’s oldest public high school began in 1853 in the basement of a Methodist Church, with 90 pupils and one teacher.  Throughout its history, the institution had various names.  It began as Madison High School; became Madison Central High School in 1922 when a new East High School became Madison’s second high school; and finally changed to Central-University High School in 1965 when intern teachers from the University of Wisconsin became part of the teaching staff.


The annual Tychoberahn yearbook began in 1900.  The publication’s name is derived from two Indian words: “tah-hah,” the word for lake and “tshopiwi,” a word meaning four.  The words were combined to form Taychoperah, the name which the Ho Chunk people gave to the four lakes region around Madison.


Dane County Historical Society’s records show that on June 19, 1969, two weeks after the school closed its doors for the last time, Principal William Marsh donated material to the historical society including copies of the school’s yearbook, Tychoberahn.


Notes: No volume published in 1905. Two volumes published in 1932. Volume for 1931 is missing from this collection.


Many loyal Central High School alumni have donated additional volumes and funding toward the success of the project to digitize the Tychoberahn.

 
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