Academy, St. Louis

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Academy
St. Louis neighborhood
Soldan High School
Soldan High School
Location of Academy within St. Louis
Location of Academy within St. Louis
Country United States
State Missouri
City St. Louis
Wards 18, 26
Area
 • Total 0.44 sq mi (1.1 km2)
Population (2010)[1]
 • Total 2,816
 • Density 6,400/sq mi (2,500/km2)
ZIP code(s) Parts of 63108, 63113
Area code(s) 314
Website stlouis-mo.gov

Academy/Sherman Park is a neighborhood in North St. Louis, just outside Central West End. The official boundaries of the area are Dr. Martin Luther King Drive on the north, Delmar Boulevard on the south, North Kingshighway Boulevard on the east, and Union Boulevard on the west.[2]

As of the census of 2010, there were 2,816 people residing in the neighborhood, which contained 1,401 housing units. The racial makeup of the neighborhood was 1.92% White, 95.88% Black, 0.21% Native American, less than 0.01% Asian, 0% Pacific Islander, 0.18% from other races, and 1.74% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.28% of the population.[1]

Sally Benson grew up in the Academy neighborhood. She described her childhood in her novels that inspired the film Meet Me in St. Louis. The Benson house at 5135 Kensington Avenue[3][4] no longer exists. After being sold, it fell into disrepair, eventually became uninhabitable, and was demolished in 1994.[5]

Tennessee Williams attended Soldan High School in the neighborhood and used it as a setting for his play The Glass Menagerie.[6]

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Coordinates: 38°39′30″N 90°16′02″W / 38.6584°N 90.2673°W / 38.6584; -90.2673