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Bancroft Hall, Annapolis Naval Academy.
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U.S. Naval Academy Was Formed
October 10, 1845

When the Naval Academy first opened in 1845, some of the Navy's old-timers weren't sure that the school was really necessary. What can a sailor learn in school, they wondered? One senior officer, Admiral David Farragut, who had received his training "on shipboard," before the Academy opened, remarked to a young graduate, "Now how the devil do you spell Apalachicola? Some of these educated young fellows from Annapolis must know!"
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