Peekskill Military Academy

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Peekskill Military Academy
Elm and Hudson Streets
Peekskill, New York
United States
Type Military academy
Opened 1833
Status closed
Closed 1968
Campus size 55 acres (22 ha)[1]

Peekskill Military Academy was founded as 'Peekskill Academy'. It was a military academy for young men and women, founded in 1833, located in Peekskill, New York, United States. The academy was built by a hanging tree and when a building was built near the great tree (1833), one of the British who was captured and summarily hanged, Daniel Strang’s bones were found buried nearby.[2] In 1841 the academy decided to only admit boys. By 1857 it was known as Peekskill Military Academy.[3] The school song was titled "The Big House on the Hill".[4] The School Motto was 'Stand Firm As An Oak Quit You Like Men'[5] The academy closed in June 1968. The reason identified was a decline in enrollment and lack of endowment. A former faculty member, Roland R. Robinson, founded Eastern Military Academy. The Academy buildings were razed to make room for a new Peekskill High School building.[1] The Ford Administration Building is the last significant structure remaining from the academy and it was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 2006.[6]

During the 1960s, the New York Jets football team used the Academy and its playing field as a summer training camp. Joe Namath was a Jets team member at the time. The team was called the New York Titans till 1963.

Famous Alumni[edit]

Famous alumni include actor Guy Williams, Sandy Weill a banker, writer L. Frank Baum, politician Chauncey Depew.


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Coordinates: 41°17′14″N 73°55′03″W / 41.28722°N 73.91750°W / 41.28722; -73.91750