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Table 101. -  High school graduates compared with population 17 years of age, by sex and control of school: 1869-70 to 1997-98 [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 |       72.1
             |          |         |         |         |          |          |
 1988-89 ....|    3,842 |   2,727 |     --- |     --- |    2,459 |      268 |       71.0
 1989-90 ....|    3,505 |   2,586 |     --- |     --- |    2,320 |      266 |       73.8
 1990-91 ....|    3,421 |   2,503 |     --- |     --- |    2,235 |      268 |       73.2
 1991-92 ....|    3,391 |   2,482 |     --- |     --- |    2,226 |      256 |       73.2
 1992-93 ....|    3,447 |   2,490 |     --- |     --- |    2,233 |      257 |       72.2
             |          |         |         |         |          |          |
 1993-94 ....|    3,459 |   2,479 |     --- |     --- |    2,221 |      258 |       71.7
 1994-95 ....|    3,588 |   2,538 |     --- |     --- |    2,274 |      264 |       70.7
 1995-96 ....|    3,641 |   2,548 |     --- |     --- |    2,281 |      267 |       70.0
 1996-97\5\ .|    3,773 |   2,627 |     --- |     --- |    2,360 |      267 |       69.6
 1997-98\5\ .|    3,923 |   2,708 |     --- |     --- |    2,433 |      275 |       69.0
_____________|__________|_________|_________|_________|__________|__________|____________

\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. For years through 1957-58, private includes data for subcollegiate departments of institutions of higher education and residential schools for exceptional children.
\5\Public high school graduates based on state estimates.
---Data not available.

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. Because of rounding, details may not add to totals.

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 June 1998.)


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