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The Normal College of the American Gymnastic Union was a school where young men and women learned to be physical education teachers. The college was based on the principles of Friedrich Ludwig Jahn and was associated with the Turnverein. It moved to Indianapolis from Milwaukee in 1907 and was located in The German House (Das Deutsche Haus). Students at the college took classes not only in physical exercise but also in the sciences (such as anatomy and physics), humanities (history and literature), and fine arts (singing and dancing). In 1941 the Normal College became affiliated with Indiana University. Renamed the Indiana University School of Physical Education in 1973, it is the oldest continuously operating school of physical education in the country.

Normal College students fencing class outside the Athenaeum.
Normal College students fencing class outside the Athenaeum.

 


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