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Table 103. High school graduates compared with population 17 years of age, by sex and control of school: 1869-70 to 2000-01 [Numbers in thousands]

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             |Population|                High school graduates              |Graduates as
             | 17 years |___________________________________________________|a percent of
             |  old\1\  |         |        Sex        |       Control       |17-year-old
 School year |          |         |___________________|_____________________| population
             |          |Total\2\ |  Male   | Female  |Public\3\ |Private\4\|
_____________|__________|_________|_________|_________|__________|__________|____________
      1      |    2     |    3    |    4    |    5    |    6     |    7     |     8
_____________|__________|_________|_________|_________|__________|__________|____________
 1869-70 ....|      815 |      16 |       7 |       9 |      --- |      --- |        2.0
 1879-80 ....|      946 |      24 |      11 |      13 |      --- |      --- |        2.5
 1889-90 ....|    1,259 |      44 |      19 |      25 |       22 |       22 |        3.5
 1899-1900 ..|    1,489 |      95 |      38 |      57 |       62 |       33 |        6.4
 1909-10 ....|    1,786 |     156 |      64 |      93 |      111 |       45 |        8.8
             |          |         |         |         |          |          |
 1919-20 ....|    1,855 |     311 |     124 |     188 |      231 |       80 |       16.8
 1929-30 ....|    2,296 |     667 |     300 |     367 |      592 |       75 |       29.0
 1939-40 ....|    2,403 |   1,221 |     579 |     643 |    1,143 |       78 |       50.8
 1947-48 ....|    2,261 |   1,190 |     563 |     627 |    1,073 |      117 |       52.6
 1949-50 ....|    2,034 |   1,200 |     571 |     629 |    1,063 |      136 |       59.0
             |          |         |         |         |          |          |
 1951-52 ....|    2,086 |   1,197 |     569 |     627 |    1,056 |      141 |       57.4
 1953-54 ....|    2,135 |   1,276 |     613 |     664 |    1,129 |      147 |       59.8
 1955-56 ....|    2,242 |   1,415 |     680 |     735 |    1,252 |      163 |       63.1
 1956-57 ....|    2,272 |   1,434 |     690 |     744 |    1,270 |      164 |       63.1
 1957-58 ....|    2,325 |   1,506 |     725 |     781 |    1,332 |      174 |       64.8
             |          |         |         |         |          |          |
 1958-59 ....|    2,458 |   1,627 |     784 |     843 |    1,435 |      192 |       66.2
 1959-60 ....|    2,672 |   1,858 |     895 |     963 |    1,627 |      231 |       69.5
 1960-61 ....|    2,892 |   1,964 |     955 |   1,009 |    1,725 |      239 |       67.9
 1961-62 ....|    2,768 |   1,918 |     938 |     980 |    1,678 |      240 |       69.3
 1962-63 ....|    2,740 |   1,943 |     956 |     987 |    1,710 |      233 |       70.9
             |          |         |         |         |          |          |
 1963-64 ....|    2,978 |   2,283 |   1,120 |   1,163 |    2,008 |      275 |       76.7
 1964-65 ....|    3,684 |   2,658 |   1,311 |   1,347 |    2,360 |      298 |       72.1
 1965-66 ....|    3,489 |   2,665 |   1,323 |   1,342 |    2,367 |      298 |       76.4
 1966-67 ....|    3,500 |   2,672 |   1,328 |   1,344 |    2,374 |      298 |       76.3
 1967-68 ....|    3,532 |   2,695 |   1,338 |   1,357 |    2,395 |      300 |       76.3
             |          |         |         |         |          |          |
 1968-69 ....|    3,659 |   2,822 |   1,399 |   1,423 |    2,522 |      300 |       77.1
 1969-70 ....|    3,757 |   2,889 |   1,430 |   1,459 |    2,589 |      300 |       76.9
 1970-71 ....|    3,872 |   2,938 |   1,454 |   1,484 |    2,638 |      300 |       75.9
 1971-72 ....|    3,973 |   3,002 |   1,487 |   1,515 |    2,700 |      302 |       75.6
 1972-73 ....|    4,049 |   3,035 |   1,500 |   1,535 |    2,729 |      306 |       75.0
             |          |         |         |         |          |          |
 1973-74 ....|    4,132 |   3,073 |   1,512 |   1,561 |    2,763 |      310 |       74.4
 1974-75 ....|    4,256 |   3,133 |   1,542 |   1,591 |    2,823 |      310 |       73.6
 1975-76 ....|    4,272 |   3,148 |   1,552 |   1,596 |    2,837 |      311 |       73.7
 1976-77 ....|    4,272 |   3,152 |   1,548 |   1,604 |    2,837 |      315 |       73.8
 1977-78 ....|    4,286 |   3,127 |   1,531 |   1,596 |    2,825 |      302 |       73.0
             |          |         |         |         |          |          |
 1978-79 ....|    4,327 |   3,101 |   1,517 |   1,584 |    2,801 |      300 |       71.7
 1979-80 ....|    4,262 |   3,043 |   1,491 |   1,552 |    2,748 |      295 |       71.4
 1980-81 ....|    4,212 |   3,020 |   1,483 |   1,537 |    2,725 |      295 |       71.7
 1981-82 ....|    4,134 |   2,995 |   1,471 |   1,524 |    2,705 |      290 |       72.4
 1982-83 ....|    3,962 |   2,888 |   1,437 |   1,451 |    2,598 |      290 |       72.9
             |          |         |         |         |          |          |
 1983-84 ....|    3,784 |   2,767 |     --- |     --- |    2,495 |      272 |       73.1
 1984-85 ....|    3,699 |   2,677 |     --- |     --- |    2,414 |      263 |       72.4
 1985-86 ....|    3,670 |   2,643 |     --- |     --- |    2,383 |      260 |       72.0
 1986-87 ....|    3,754 |   2,694 |     --- |     --- |    2,429 |      265 |       71.8
 1987-88 ....|    3,849 |   2,773 |     --- |     --- |    2,500 |      273 |       72.0
             |          |         |         |         |          |          |
 1988-89 ....|    3,842 |   2,744 |     --- |     --- |    2,459 |      285 |       71.4
 1989-90 ....|    3,505 |   2,589 |     --- |     --- |    2,320 |      269 |       73.9
 1990-91 ....|    3,421 |   2,493 |     --- |     --- |    2,235 |      258 |       72.9
 1991-92 ....|    3,391 |   2,478 |     --- |     --- |    2,226 |      252 |       73.1
 1992-93 ....|    3,447 |   2,480 |     --- |     --- |    2,233 |      247 |       72.0
             |          |         |         |         |          |          |
 1993-94 ....|    3,459 |   2,464 |     --- |     --- |    2,221 |      243 |       71.2
 1994-95 ....|    3,588 |   2,520 |     --- |     --- |    2,274 |      246 |       70.2
 1995-96 ....|    3,641 |   2,518 |     --- |     --- |    2,273 |      245 |       69.2
 1996-97 ....|    3,773 |   2,612 |     --- |     --- |    2,358 |      254 |       69.2
 1997-98 ....|    3,930 |   2,704 |     --- |     --- |    2,439 |      265 |       68.8
             |          |         |         |         |          |          |
 1998-99 ....|    3,965 |   2,762 |     --- |     --- |    2,489 |      273 |       69.7
 1999-2000\5\|    4,018 |   2,809 |     --- |     --- |    2,532 |      277 |       69.9
 2000-01\5\ .|    4,004 |   2,821 |     --- |     --- |    2,542 |      279 |       70.5
_____________|__________|_________|_________|_________|__________|__________|____________

---Not available.
\1\Derived from Current Population Reports, Series P-25. 17-year-old population adjusted to reflect October 17-year-old population.
\2\Includes graduates of public and private schools.
\3\Data for 1929-30 and preceding years are from Statistics of Public High Schools and exclude graduates of high schools which failed to report to the Office of Education.
\4\For most years, private school data have been estimated based on periodic private school surveys.
\5\Public high school graduates based on state estimates.

NOTE: Includes graduates of regular day school programs. Excludes graduates of other programs, when separately reported, and recipients of high school equivalency certificates. Some data have been revised from previously published figures. Detail may not sum to totals due to rounding.

SOURCE: U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics, Statistics of Public High Schools; Biennial Survey of Education in the United States; Statistics of State School Systems; Statistics of Nonpublic Elementary and Secondary Schools; Projections of Education Statistics; Common Core of Data surveys; and U.S. Department of Commerce, Bureau of the Census, Current Population Reports, Series P-25. (This table was prepared August 2001.)


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