Indiana State School for the Deaf

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Indiana State School for the Deaf
Established 1843
Current Status Active
Building Style Single Building
Architect(s) Rubush & Hunter
Location Indianapolis, IN
Architecture Style Classical Revival
Alternate Names Willard School, Indiana Asylum for Deaf & Dumb


The Indiana School for the Deaf was founded in 1843 by William Willard, the first Deaf person in America to establish a state school for Deaf people. It was at first a semi-private school that offered free instruction to any Deaf person in-state or out-of-state that sought an education. The following year, the Willard School formally became the Indiana School for the Deaf, the first state-sponsored school in America that offered free education to any Deaf student.