McGraw Hill Education Company History

A leader in educational texts, teaching tools, and innovations for over 130 years.


James H. McGraw, originally a school teacher from upstate New York, purchases The American Journal of Railway Appliances, to meet growing demand for insight into the rail industry. John A. Hill serves as editor at Locomotive Engineer.


The McGraw and Hill Companies merge to form the McGraw Hill Publishing Company, Inc.


The Book Company enters the trade-book field with Whittlesey House in February. The first title published is The World's Economic Dilemma, by Ernest Minor Patterson.


The secondary school list of Harper & Brothers is merged with the School Department of the Book Company to meet the needs of the post-World War II "baby boom."


California Test Bureau (CTB) joins McGraw Hill, strengthening the Company’s leadership in the elementary and high school education and assessment market.


McGraw Hill enters a joint venture with Tata Group in India, establishing Tata McGraw Hill Publishing Co. Ltd. Tata McGraw Hill Education is a market leader in providing learning solutions to India’s burgeoning economy.


The Book Company acquires the school and college division of Random House, Inc.


McGraw Hill College Division introduces the first computerized publishing system (PRIMIS) allowing instructors to customize a textbook to match their curriculum.


McGraw Hill expands its presence in both the PreK-12 and higher education markets through the acquisition of Tribune Education.


CTB becomes the first company in the industry to offer measurement-based, formative, online assessment with the launch of its Acuity suite.


McGraw Hill Connect® launches; an all-digital teaching and learning exchange for higher education. Just six months after its launch, Connect is used by more than 1.2 million teachers and students across the U.S.


McGraw Hill Education launches an online assessment platform with unique speech recognition technology to accelerate English language learning in China.


McGraw Hill Education becomes the first company to provide universal access to its digital content and tools directly from any learning management system at any college or university.


McGraw Hill Higher Education offers LearnSmart, industry-leading adaptive learning technology, directly to students.


January | McGraw Hill Education launches SmartBook™, the world's first adaptive e-book.

March | The McGraw Hill Companies completes the sale of McGraw Hill Education to investment funds affiliated with Apollo Global Management, LLC (APO), creating one of the world’s largest pure-education companies.

June | McGraw Hill Education acquires the personalized learning software company ALEKS Corporation, strengthening its position as the leader in adaptive technology. The Company also opens a new technology research and development center in Boston's Innovation District.


February | MHE acquires Area 9 and Engrade, making it a leader in adaptive learning technologies and open digital platforms that unify data, curriculum, and tools across K-12 education.

March | MHE collaborates with StudySync to combine dynamic digital content and an English Language Arts platform with acclaimed instructional resources and sales expertise.

June | MHE opens a new Seattle office to serve as a hub for enhancing educational technologies for the K-12, higher education, assessment. and professional markets.

November | MHE becomes an official partner of the Future Ready Schools Leadership Network, a government-sponsored initiative to use ed-tech to help students reach their full potential.


March | MHE launches the new Connect higher education platform allowing full access through native apps designed for tablet and mobile device users.

June | MHE sells CTB to Data Recognition Corporation.

October | MHE forms an alliance with Arizona State University to host the McGraw Prize, an award honoring leadership in K-12, collegiate, and global education.


February | The company opens a new London headquarters to service the Europe, Middle East, and Africa educational markets.

March | MHE's sales of digital units in the higher education market overtake print for the first time in company history.

September | MHE acquires Redbird Learning, a leading digital personalized learning company that offers courses in K-12 math, language arts and writing and virtual professional development programs for educators.


May | NELSON acquires the entire K-12 portfolio of McGraw Hill Ryerson, the Company's Canadian subsidiary.