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Frank B. McClellan
1st Superintendent, 1872-1877


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Biographical Description
Frank B. McClellan was hired as the first Albion school superintendent in the fall of 1872, and came to Albion from Jonesville, where he had served as superintendent. His salary was set at $1,200 for the first year, and $1,400 for the following year. It should be mentioned that although McClellan’s job was officially titled “principal,” the job description meant he served as a superintendent, principal, and mathematics teacher at the same time. The duties of superintendent and principal were not separated in the Albion Public Schools untilWilliam J. McKone was hired in the fall of 1898.

Unfortunately, superintendent McClellan was a “man of iron” according to one source. As a result, there were to be no graduating classes of students from the high school during McClellan’s tenure here, despite the fact that there were students who did complete the required courses of study:

Full courses had been completed by other classes [before 1878], but no formal ceremonies had marked their passing from the school room. Prof. McClellan believed that education was never finished and therefore there could logically be no graduation. (“First Class of Seven was Graduated from Albion High School 50 Years Ago,” Albion Evening Recorder, 6 February 1928, p2)

Some students chose instead to graduate from the preparatory school at Albion College. A high school diploma was not anecessity in those days, since many students went into the work force by age 16 or 17. P11

Professor Frank B. McClellan served as superintendent until the end of the 1876-77 school year, resigning because of ill health. the community was well satisfied with his strong leadership as superintendent. On June 22, 1877, the board electedE.C. Thomspon to replace McClellan. P13 

Source: Frank Passic. A History of the Albion Public Schools. Albion, Michigan: E. Weil Publishing Services. 1991.

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