Definition: A normal school is a school that is created specifically to train teachers. Typically, this terms is used to describe a school that trains teachers out of high school. Much of this training has been taken over today within the traditional university system. The first normal school in the United States was the Columbian School in Concord, Vermont. Horace Mann was key in getting the first state funded normal school in Lexington, Massachusetts. In 1881, Booker T. Washington opened the Tuskegee Normal and Industrial Institute in Tuskegee, Alabama.