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Digest of Education Statistics: 2004
Digest of Education Statistics: 2004

NCES 2006-005
October 2005


Table 102. High school graduates compared with population 17 years of age, by sex and control of school: Selected years, 1869-70 to 2004-05
[Numbers in thousands]

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              |Popula- |             High school graduates         |Graduates
              |   tion |___________________________________________|as a ratio
School year   |17 years|Total\2\|     Sex    |       Control       |   of 17-
              | old\1\ |        |____________|_____________________| year-old
              |        |        |Males|Female|Public\3\ |Private\4\|population
______________|________|________|_____|______|__________|__________|__________
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 ......|   3,418|   2,493| --- |  --- |     2,235|       258|      72.9
1991-92 ......|   3,399|   2,478| --- |  --- |     2,226|       252|      72.9
1992-93 ......|   3,449|   2,480| --- |  --- |     2,233|       247|      71.9
              |        |        |     |      |          |          |
1993-94 ......|   3,443|   2,464| --- |  --- |     2,221|       243|      71.6
1994-95 ......|   3,636|   2,520| --- |  --- |     2,274|       246|      69.3
1995-96 ......|   3,640|   2,518| --- |  --- |     2,273|       245|      69.2
1996-97 ......|   3,792|   2,612| --- |  --- |     2,358|       254|      68.9
1997-98 ......|   4,008|   2,704| --- |  --- |     2,439|       265|      67.5
              |        |        |     |      |          |          |
1998-99 ......|   3,918|   2,759| --- |  --- |     2,486|       273|      70.4
1999-2000 ....|   4,057|   2,833| --- |  --- |     2,554|       279|      69.8
2000-01 ......|   4,005|   2,848| --- |  --- |     2,569|       279|      71.1
2001-02 ......|   4,049|   2,921| --- |  --- |     2,635|       286|      72.2
2002-03\5\ ...|   4,077|   3,044| --- |  --- |     2,744|       301|      74.7
2003-04\5\ ...|   4,087|   3,062| --- |  --- |     2,758|       305|      74.9
2004-05\5\ ...|    --- |   3,089| --- |  --- |     2,780|       309|      ---
______________|________|________|_____|______|__________|__________|__________

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\1\Derived from Current Population Reports, Series P-25. For years 1869-70 through 1989-90, 17-year-old population is an estimate of the October 17-year-old population based on July data. Data for 1990-91 and later years are October resident population estimates prepared by the Census Bureau.
\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 from high schools that 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 because of rounding.

SOURCE: U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics, Annual Report of the Commissioner of Education, 1870 through 1910; Biennial Survey of Education in the United States, 1919-20 through 1949-50; Statistics of State School Systems, 1951-52 through 1957-58; Statistics of Public Elementary and Secondary School Systems, 1958-59 through 1980-81; Statistics of Nonpublic Elementary and Secondary Schools, 1959 through 1980; The NCES Common Core of Data (CCD); "State Nonfiscal Survey of Public Elementary/Secondary Education, 1981 through 2001;" Private School Universe (PSU), 1989 through 2001; and Projections of Education Statistics to 2014. (This table was prepared April 2005.)