Early records indicate that a small one room school was painstakingly raised before the turn of the century, in 1876, which was 9 years after Nebraska attained statehood. The land had been plotted and arranged in districts, each serving its own community needs.
That first year 60 students were enrolled, ranging in age from 5 to 20.
It sometimes took two decades to complete requirements for a grade school (sometimes called grammar school) education, as school was held on a "come when you are able" basis.
Office of the County Superintendent, Saunders County, "District #82 - Carey High" (1976). Saunders County Bicentennial Educational History. 24.