SARAH E. GOODE (1855-1905) was born in TOLEDO, OH, and in 1885, became the first BLACK WOMAN ever to be granted a U.S. patent, for a foldout bed that converted into a desk--a prescient object that would fit right into a modern-day IKEA catalog.
It's also the name of a new high school on Chicago's South Side that is redefining what it means to be educated in the 21st century.
Kids at the school, which launched a year and a half ago, aren't called students but "innovators."
They receive a hardcore focus on STEM skills (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math). And they take six years to graduate instead of the traditional four; the extra two years means they walk away with an associate's degree on top of their high school diploma.
The SARAH E. GOODE STEM ACADEMY promises every graduate a $40,000-plus opportunity at IBM, the school's corporate partner and a key developer of the curriculum.
Learn more about The SCHOOL That WILL GET YOU A JOB in the current issue of TIME.