Construction was completed in 1868 and 17 students were admitted. Students could take classes in a variety of subjects including arithmetic, reading, spelling, geography, and history. They were also taught practical skills such as broom making, woodworking, farming, typing, and rug weaving. There were even classes in playing musical instruments. The school has been very effective as former students have had successful careers in a wide array of fields including teaching, performing, and broadcasting.