>Note, it is only recently that the "honors" track was called >"honors" track. Not too long ago it was just mathematics and the >"other" track didn't even have a name (it still doesn't).
Name or not it was always the college-intending "track" whether or not the student was pursuing a math-based degree. For example, my wife was straight-A in math through all that her small-town Iowa school had. Her principal/superintendent (think small-town Iowa) chided her more than once for not signing up for (every other year, same as mine) physics that was part of the college-intending curriculum. That was for her degree in elementary education 4 years later. My, what progress we have made!
Our other "track", and I assume hers as well, had 2 branches ag or shop stuff (welding, construction, auto repair, and the like). Things we no longer need.