The school problems of early Tallahassee, after a long process of trial and error, were finally solved by the establishment, on January 1, 1857, of the West Florida Seminary. Though the Seminary was nominally a State institution, actually for many years nearly all of its students were from Tallahassee and vicinity, and it was to all intents and purposes a Tallahassee school. With its location in the town, citizens were at last assured of a permanent means of educating their sons, and a little later, their daughters also. Until this fortunate event, Tallahassee, like the other towns of the Territory and the young State, was left to her own resources, never too abundant, in meeting this essential civic obligation.
Dodd, William G.
"Early Education in Tallahassee and the West Florida Seminary now Florida State University, Part I,"
Florida Historical Quarterly: Vol. 27:
1, Article 4.
Available at: https://stars.library.ucf.edu/fhq/vol27/iss1/4