Harbert Hills Academy

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Harbert Hills Academy
Harbert Hills Academy sign.JPG
3575 Lonesome Pine Road
Savannah, Tennessee, 38372
United States
School type Private Donations, Private, Co-educational, Boarding, Day, & Christian
Religious affiliation(s) Seventh-day Adventist Church
Established 1951
Founder William E. Patterson, a retired FBI Agent
President Stephen L. Dickman
Principal Joe Simpson
Grades 9-12
Gender Co-educational

Harbert Hills Academy is a private, co-educational, day and boarding school affiliated with the Seventh-day Adventist Church which is owned and operated by Rural Life Foundation, chartered as a non-profit 501(c)3 corporation in August 1951. The 500 acre (202 ha) campus is in the city of Savannah, Tennessee. HHA is a part of the Seventh-day Adventist education system, the world's second largest Christian school system.


A secondary educational institution, Harbert Hills Academy was founded by William E. Patterson, [1] a retired FBI Agent who attended Fletcher Academy,[1] then later decided he would start a similar school. Agent Patterson spoke with local Judge Harbert, who he had worked with while prosecuting moonshine cases. Judge Harbert donated over 500 acres to build the Harbert Hills Academy campus.

Notable landmarks[edit]

A notable campus house nearby was owned by the late, FBI Agent Patterson. Agent Patterson, the founder of the Academy, because of his work successfully busting and prosecuting illegal moonshine operations had the house specially designed. The house is unique in that all the light switches are located outside the doors of the rooms. This was done to help protect the former FBI agent in his retired years to avoid a potential attack from former defendants. This small cottage is now owned by President Emeritus L.L. Dickman.

Another notable landmark near the school is the, "Lonesome Pine" a giant Pine tree, on Lonesome Pine Road which historically was used to help direct potential customers to the local moonshine in the woods nearby.


The schools curriculum consists primarily of the standard courses taught at college preparatory schools across the world. All students are required to take classes in the core areas of English, Basic Sciences, Mathematics, a Foreign Language, and Social Sciences. In addition, religion classes are mandated on a yearly basis.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Fletcher Academy - Home". Fletcheracademy.com. Retrieved 24 December 2014. 

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