During World War II, American high schools initiated a program that focused on wartime training for male and female high school students called Victory Corps. Established on September 25, 1942 by John W. Studebaker, the Commissioner of Education, Victory Corps was “designed to mobilize secondary school students for more effective preparation and participation in wartime service.”
It focused on a variety of skills from physical conditioning to rifle training to even learning trigonometry. According to an April 26, 1943 newspaper article, states were given grants “for individual high schools to intensify education in science, mathematics, and physical education, all of primary importance in training pre-induction youth.”
The following photographs are of the Victory Corps being instituted at Flushing High School in Queens, New York in October 1942 by William Perlitch.
The Victory Corps program was phased out beginning in June of 1944 as the war drew to a close.
“Victory Corps Bill Raises New Question”. The Daily Times. Apr 26, 1943.
“High School Victory Corps Established“, The National WWII Museum.