Grand River Academy
|Grand River Academy|
"Getting boys back on the college prep track"
|3042 College Street
Austinburg, Ohio, (Ashtabula County), 44010
|Type||Private, Boarding, All-Male|
|Grades||9–12, Post Graduate|
|Average class size||7|
|Student to teacher ratio||7:1|
|Campus size||200 acres (0.81 km2)|
|Color(s)||Blue and White|
|Sports||Soccer, Golf, Cross Country, Basketball, Wrestling, Bowling, Baseball, Lacrosse, Tennis|
|Accreditation||ISACS, ODE, NAIS, TABS|
|Tuition||$40,700 (tuition/boarding; 2014-15)|
|Dean of Students & Faculty||Bill Thomas|
|Admissions Director||Glenn Singer|
|Athletic Director||David Scharping|
Grand River Academy, formerly known as the Ashtabula County Institute of Science and Industry and then the Grand River Institute, is a private, nonsectarian, boarding high school for boys located in Austinburg, Ohio. It serves approximately 120 students in grades nine through twelve. The Academy's mission is aimed at helping boys and young men realize their full potential and find success.
The Grand River Institute, originally named the Ashtabula County Institute of Science and Industry, was founded in 1831 by a group of prominent leaders from the Austinburg Congregational Church. The school was originally intended to prepare young men for ministerial vocations, but in 1840, it began to admit female students. Betsy Mix Cowles was appointed as the school's first female principal in charge of the Women's Department, a post she held from 1843-1848. The institution's name and location changed in 1836 at the behest of Joab Austin, a wealthy citizen who pledged a sizeable endowment for the school.
In addition to classroom and sports facilities, the school has a gymnasium and the Robert Morrison Lecture Center and Bud Field Student Center. Students are accommodated in one of five halls: Shepard Hall, Mastin Hall, West Hall, North Hall and Warren Hall.
The school admits boys who have had difficulty achieving their potential in a traditional high school environment. It teaches in small classes, typically, of seven students.
In order to graduate, students must obtain 21 units of credit. In addition, all seniors must be accepted by an accredited college prior to graduation. Students have been accepted at 75 different colleges.
Grand River is accredited by the Ohio Department of Education, North Central Association Commission on Accreditation and the Independent Schools Association of the Central States.
Politics, government and law
- Clarence E. Allen, U.S. Representative from Utah
- Julius C. Burrows, U.S. Representative and a U.S. Senator from Michigan
- Theodore Elijah Burton, U.S. Representative and U.S. Senator
- Edwin Cowles, publisher of The Cleveland Leader, Vice-President of the 1884 Republican National Convention, postmaster of Cleveland
- Albert Gallatin Egbert, Democratic U.S. Representative from Pennsylvania.
- Alphonso Hart, U.S. Representative from Ohio
- Ralph Hill, U.S. Representative from Indiana and lawyer.
- John Philo Hoyt, American politician and jurist
- Elbert L. Lampson, Lieutenant Governor of Ohio and former state Senator
- Alfred Cowles, American economist, businessman and founder of the Cowles Commission
- Benjamin Goodrich, American industrialist, founded BF Goodrich
- "Grand River Academy Graduation Requirements", Grand River Academy, accessed 10 May 2008
- "The Grand River Academy College Acceptances", Grand River Academy, accessed 10 May 2008
- Whitney, Orson F. (1904). History of Utah: Comprising Preliminary Chapters on the Previous History of ... G. Q. Cannon. p. 687. OCLC 4995807.
- Julius C. Burrows at the Biographical Directory of the United States Congress. Retrieved on 2008-05-02.
- Theodore E. Burton at the Biographical Directory of the United States Congress. Retrieved on 2008-05-02.
- Ralph Hill at the Biographical Directory of the United States Congress. Retrieved on 2008-05-10.
- Smith, Joseph P. (1898). History of the Republican Party in Ohio. Lewis Publishing. p. 581. OCLC 12634256.
- Geary, Linda L. (1989). Balanced in the Wind: A Biography of Betsey Mix Cowles. Bucknell University Press. pp. 46–47. ISBN 0-8387-5154-7.