I believe the History taught in our educational system delivers an excellent introduction to History. This delivers students an appreciation of a field they might not otherwise be exposed.
As someone who studied History on the collegiate level, I can attest to have been given a greater understanding to the important significance this field offers. Looking back, I see that my majoring in this field expanded my comprehension of all that encompasses History, but I did indeed require the earlier exposure in school to keep up on the collegiate level.
After college, on my own, due to my great love for History which I contribute to my history teachers in elementary, Jr. and Sr. High School, I have learned a great deal more which led me toward other fields of interest such as Archaeology, Linguistics and Anthropology. Through History and these other fields overtime I have learned very much about our country and world's past; very fascinating!
Yes, the History we learn in school is relevant. It gives us an appreciation and a greater understanding toward what has happened before present day. Knowing what occurred historically (yesterday), can bring about a better today and tomorrow.