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the latter option; Principal Samuel Bayle’s wife was hired so they could provide all 11 grades. Over the 20 years of its existence, many island students proudly graduated from Tilghman High School. The tradition ended in the 1940s, however, when all high school students were required to attend St. Michaels High School.

At least one “T.H.S.” belt has been saved for posterity, however. Improvements were made through the years to the plumbing, electrical and heating systems. The major addition to the school was an auditorium/cafeteria built onto the rear. It was used as a cafeteria during the week, with movable tables and chairs that could be stored under the stage. The auditorium also was used for community meetings and fundraising events, such as minstrel shows and talent nights. Thus began the tradition of using the schoolhouse for other purposes during off-hours, as well as daytime instruction of the children. This fine old school served Tilghman’s Island for 40 years. By the Call Us: 410-725-4643

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