Brigham Young University. Preparatory School

The Preparatory School was originally established as a division within Brigham Young Academy in 1882 replacing the Primary Department and aiding the Intermediate Department. In 1903, when the Academy was arranged into eight schools and departments, the Preparatory School was organized under the direction of a principal. Later in 1909, the Preparatory School merged into the Brigham Young High School as the Sub-High School.


Established: 1903

Abolished: 1909

Location: Provo, Utah (1903-1909)


Between 1903 and 1909, the Preparatory School was organized to provide an education for older students below the High school grade who had limited opportunities for education to complete the eighth grade. The school boasted an environment without social distinctions where students could properly learn with older peers with possibility to advance to the High School. Between 1904 and 1907, the Preparatory School also had the responsibility to prepare missionaries to enter the field of labor who had received a call from the First Presidency of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Assets and Administrative Structure

The Preparatory School was directed by the following principals under the direction of the president of the university: Walter Cluff, Edwin H. Smart, and WM. H. Boyle. Between 1904 and 1907, the school was also the administering body for the Missionary Department.

Associated Units

Superior unit: Brigham Young University (1903-1909)

Subordinate unit: Brigham Young University. Missionary Dept. (1904-1907)

Later unit: Brigham Young High School (Provo, Utah) (1909)

Associated Archival Materials

Records, 1892-1898 (UA 235)


Brigham Young Academy Annual Catalogue, 1902-1903: p. 8 (Edwin H. Smart, Principal) p. 98 (Preparatory School functions)

Brigham Young Academy Annual Catalogue, 1903-1904: p. 12 (WM. H. Boyle, Principal)

Brigham Young University Annual Catalogue, 1904-1905: p. 145-148 (Missionary Department; list of courses)

Brigham Young University Annual Catalogue, 1909-1910: p. 107 (Sub-High School)

Brigham Young University, 1975: v. 1, p. 164 (Preparatory school replaces Primary Department, aids Intermediate Department) v. 1, p. 374-375 (Academy division of departments and schools; list of departments, schools, and principals; Walter Cluff principal of the Preparatory School)

Maintenance Information

Record ID: EAC-2009-00058

Creator: UPB