Indiana State School for the Deaf
|Indiana State School for the Deaf|
|Building Style||Single Building|
|Architect(s)||Rubush & Hunter|
|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.