Mount Vernon Academy

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Mount Vernon Academy
525 Wooster Road
Mount Vernon, Ohio, (Knox County), 43050
United States
Coordinates 40°24′52″N 82°28′9″W / 40.41444°N 82.46917°W / 40.41444; -82.46917Coordinates: 40°24′52″N 82°28′9″W / 40.41444°N 82.46917°W / 40.41444; -82.46917
Type Private, co-ed, college preparatory, boarding, christian
Motto Mens, Spiritus, Corpus. Fiat lux.
(Mind, Spirit, Body. Let there be light.)
Religious affiliation(s) Seventh-day Adventist Church
Established 1893
Superintendent Alison Jobson
Principal Dan Kittle
Grades 9-12
Campus type Rural
Color(s) Red and White        
Song "Alma Mater"
Fight song "Good Old MVA"
Athletics Boy's & Girl's Basketball, Girl's Volleyball, Soccer, Gymnastics
Nickname MVA, The Academy
Team name Eagles
Accreditation North Central Association of Colleges and Schools
Yearbook Treasure Chest
Athletic Director Ryan Irwin

Mount Vernon Academy (MVA) is a private, christian, boarding high school located in Mount Vernon, Ohio. The school, founded in 1893, is the oldest operating boarding academy of the Seventh-day Adventist Church.


The oldest boarding academy of the Seventh-day Adventist Church, Mount Vernon Academy opened its doors in 1893 to 32 students and six staff members with Professor William T. Bland as principal. By the end of the first year the enrollment had grown to about 100. The school opened in buildings previously occupied by the Mount Vernon Sanitarium, which had closed in 1891. Ellen G. White, when consulted, had written in 1893:

"Let the building be converted into a seminary to educate our youth in the place of enlarging the college at Battle Creek. I have been shown that there located, school buildings in Ohio which would give character to the work" (Ellen G. White letter K35).

The day after this letter was written, J. N. Loughborough submitted a report to the General Conference in session advising the same action. Upon General Conference recommendations, the stockholders of the sanitarium voted to adopt this recommendation and to form a new corporation for the management of the Academy.

After operating on the secondary level for 12 years, the school was advanced from an academy to a college. During the next 11 years, Mount Vernon College offered four-year courses leading to B.S. and B.A. degrees. Secondary work also continued during this time. Norris W. Lawrence served as the first president of the college. In 1914 the Washington Foreign Mission Seminary at Washington, D.C. (now known as Washington Adventist University), was made the training college for the Columbia Union, and the school at Mount Vernon reverted to an academy.

The Administration Building was built in 1924 and presently houses the chapel, three classrooms, and the administrative offices. On December 24, 1926, the old sanitarium building, which was the main campus building for many years, was destroyed by fire. As partial replacement, Linden Hall, the girls' dormitory, was erected in 1927-1928. In 1940, Hadley Hall, the boys' dormitory, was built. The gymnasium was completed in 1951, and in 1958, the industrial arts building. In 1968, Hiawatha Hall, which included the cafeteria, classrooms, and administrative offices, was built. Campus-wide renovations began in 2001, which included redecoration and repairs to the Cafeteria, renovating Linden Hall and Hadley Hall, renovations to the Music Building, a new Campus Center, and repairs on the gymnasium. Over $3.6 million has been invested in capital improvements since 2001. Since being established, over 7,000 students have passed though Mount Vernon Academy's doors.


Mount Vernon Academy places a high value on the rigors of academics. Block Class Schedules, integrated use of technology, a highly qualified faculty with 72% holding Master's Degrees, and a Dual Credit Program provide motivated students with great academic opportunities.


Mount Vernon Academy currently fields 4 sports teams in 3 sports. In past years, school has fielded other athletic teams. The school is accredited by the Ohio High School Athletic Association.


The AcroNics is the co-ed gymnastics team of Mount Vernon Academy. Although they are not involved in any type of competition, the AcroNics regularly attend the annual Acrofest held at Highland Academy. The AcroNics have also performed at Quicken Loans Arena during Primetime at Cleveland Cavaliers games in 2013 and 2014.

Bill Jarvis Invitational[edit]

The Bill Jarvis Invitational, which started in 2010, is an annual soccer and volleyball tournament held by Mount Vernon Academy every September. Over 10 different schools from various states have participated in the invitational.

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