junior high school

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junior high school (plural junior high schools)

  1. (education) A school for children that have completed elementary school or grade school, but are not yet old enough for high school. In the US, it often includes grades 9, 8, 7, and possibly also 6.
    • 1919, Guy Vernon Bennett, The Junior High School, Warwick & York, page 1:
      In California the term originally used was "intermediate high school," later shortened to "intermediate school," but the term "junior high school" is rapidly supplanting the others.