IN 1892, Baltimore schools were segregated by race and sex. There were 164 schools and 55,819 students, about half of the 1992 enrollment. Twenty-two schools were "colored," with an enrollment of 7,376. There were also five English-German schools, bilingual schools for the large immigrant German population in Baltimore.
The average attendance rate was 84 percent, ranging from a high of 95 percent at the Manual Training School to a low of 79 percent at the "colored" schools.
The average yearly cost of educating a student was $18.48. (Today it is about $5,000.) While Baltimore City College spent $88.83 to educate each student, male primary schools spent an average of $15.10. Less was spent to educate girls and African Americans -- $14.60 and $14.20, respectively. Girls and blacks were separate and far from equal.