Academy of Richmond County

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Academy of Richmond County
OldacademyofRichmondCountry.jpg
Address
910 Russell Street
Augusta, Georgia, (Richmond County), 30904
USA
Information
TypePublic
Established1783
School board1st District
School districtRichmond County School System
PrincipalMalinda Cobb
Grades9–12
Enrollment1,300
Student to teacher ratio1:17[1]
Campus typeurban
School color(s)Purple and gold
         
MascotMusketeer
NicknameMusketeers
Website
Old Academy of Richmond County
Academy of Richmond County is located in Georgia (U.S. state)
Academy of Richmond County
Location540 Telfair St., Augusta, Georgia
Coordinates33°28′12″N 81°57′45″W / 33.47000°N 81.96250°W / 33.47000; -81.96250Coordinates: 33°28′12″N 81°57′45″W / 33.47000°N 81.96250°W / 33.47000; -81.96250
Arealess than one acre
Built1857
Architectural styleGothic Revival
Governing bodyPrivate
NRHP Reference #73000639[2]
Added to NRHPApril 11, 1973
 
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Academy of Richmond County
OldacademyofRichmondCountry.jpg
Address
910 Russell Street
Augusta, Georgia, (Richmond County), 30904
USA
Information
TypePublic
Established1783
School board1st District
School districtRichmond County School System
PrincipalMalinda Cobb
Grades9–12
Enrollment1,300
Student to teacher ratio1:17[1]
Campus typeurban
School color(s)Purple and gold
         
MascotMusketeer
NicknameMusketeers
Website
Old Academy of Richmond County
Academy of Richmond County is located in Georgia (U.S. state)
Academy of Richmond County
Location540 Telfair St., Augusta, Georgia
Coordinates33°28′12″N 81°57′45″W / 33.47000°N 81.96250°W / 33.47000; -81.96250Coordinates: 33°28′12″N 81°57′45″W / 33.47000°N 81.96250°W / 33.47000; -81.96250
Arealess than one acre
Built1857
Architectural styleGothic Revival
Governing bodyPrivate
NRHP Reference #73000639[2]
Added to NRHPApril 11, 1973

The Old Academy of Richmond County was a high school listed on the National Register of Historic Places located in Augusta, Georgia, USA. Originally known as Richmond County Military Academy, and commonly known as Richmond Academy, it was chartered in 1783. This makes it the fifth oldest existing public high school in the United States,[citation needed] and the oldest existing public high school in the South. Richmond Academy is located at the edge of the Summerville district of Augusta.

History[edit]

Initially an all-male, privately funded school, it became a military school after the Civil War. Richmond Academy transitioned into a co-educational, traditional high school during the last half of the 20th century. The school retains a large Army JROTC contingent. President George Washington attended graduation ceremonies at ARC in 1791.

In 1926, the academy moved to its present-day building of Walton Way. The principal of that time, Major George Butler, described the school in 1927 as "Second to none in the South in terms of facility." The 1926 building of the school has a Gothic-style architecture. Up until the 1950s, ARC was for white males only. During the 1950s the school became coeducational. In 1959, the school lost its status as a segregated school.

The New Richmond Academy[edit]

Academics[edit]

The Academy of Richmond County has an International Baccalaureate (IB) Programme taught within the school for grades 9 through 12. The International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme is a college preparatory course of study for highly motivated high school students. The IB Program was added to the school in July 2003.[3]

Athletics[edit]

The school mascot is a Musketeer, and the school colors are purple and gold. The original school mascot was a bearcat. The 1951-1957 Richmond Academy boys baseball team was named one of the top 10 Georgia state sports dynasties.[4]

Mathematics team[edit]

The Mathematics Team won the 2005 National Society of Black Engineers Try-Math-A-Thon, which was held in Boston.[5]

Notable alumni[edit]

NameClass yearNotabilityReference(s)
Doug Barnard, Jr.American Democratic politician
Lloyd D. Brown1908United States Army Major General[6]
Hervey M. CleckleyAmerican psychiatrist and pioneer in the psychopathy field
Aquilla J. DyessMedal of Honor recipient in World War II
Jack FisherFormer professional baseball player (Baltimore Orioles, San Francisco Giants, New York Mets, Chicago White Sox, Cincinnati Reds)
William Henry FlemingAmerican politician and lawyer
William Dudley GeerFirst Dean of the School of Business at Samford University
Phil GingreyAmerican obstetrician and a Republican member of the United States House of Representatives
Isaac S. HopkinsFirst president of the Georgia Institute of Technology
Susan Still KilrainRetired NASA astronaut
John Pendleton KingFormer United States Senator
Joseph R. LamarSupreme Court Justice
James LongstreetConfederate general in the American Civil War
Lafayette McLawsConfederate general in the American Civil War
Dan MillerJournalist, television personality, featured nationally on CBS's The Pat Sajak Show and The Nashville Network
Steve MorseGuitarist
David M. PotterPulitzer Prize winning History Professor at Stanford University
Carl SandersGovernor of Georgia
Andy WestBassist
Ken WhisenhuntNFL head coach and player of Tennessee Titans[7]
Jim WhiteheadAmerican Republican politician
Judy WoodruffAmerican television news anchor and journalist

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Academy Of Richmond County High School - Augusta, Georgia/GA - Public School Profile
  2. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2010-07-09. 
  3. ^ "Academy of Richmond County". 
  4. ^ Jeff Haws, Take 10: Georgia High School Sports Greatest Dynasties, Atlanta Journal-Constitution, April 1, 2008. Retrieved 02-14-2009.
  5. ^ Rickabaugh, Greg (2005-04-20). "Richmond Academy math team wins national event". The Augusta Chronicle. The Augusta Chronicle. 
  6. ^ Sarah Cantey Whitaker Allen, Our Children's Ancestry, 1935, page 437
  7. ^ Scott Michaux Coach takes pressure in stride, Augusta Chronicle, January 28, 2009. Retrieved 01-28-2009

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