The first school was opened in a log house in January 1901, and the first teacher was Eliza R. Black. There were about 24-30 students.
On September 26, 1910, the Big Horn Academy was opened in Cowley, as the first High School. The first class to graduate from the Big Horn Academy was the class of 1912, consisting of 13 students. The first four-year graduating class was in 1915.