State School for Girls, Hallowell, ca. 1920
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This photograph, probably from the early 1920s, shows a group of teenage girls in front of a building at the State School for Girls in Hallowell. This institution was established to rehabilitate juvenile offenders remanded by the courts, but it should be noted that many of these youngsters were guilty of nothing more than being chronic runaways or truants or were considered at risk because of their home situations. The school resembled a boarding school, with a pleasant campus overlooking the Kennebec River. The girls were given a practical, basic education, but many were allowed to attend Hallowell High School and receive an academic diploma. The girls depicted here in their white dresses were probably graduating from Hallowell High School.