Pine Forge Academy

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Pine Forge Academy
Pine Forge Academy (emblem).jpg
"Where Excellence is no accident"
Pine Forge, Pennsylvania
Coordinates 40°16′56″N 75°42′11″W / 40.28222°N 75.70306°W / 40.28222; -75.70306Coordinates: 40°16′56″N 75°42′11″W / 40.28222°N 75.70306°W / 40.28222; -75.70306
School type High School
Founded 1946
Principal Nicole A. Falconer
Faculty 24.1 (on FTE basis)[1]
Grades 9–12
Enrollment 174[1] (2007–08)
Student to teacher ratio 7.2:1[1]
Athletics conference Penn-Jersey Athletic Association
Affiliation Seventh-day Adventist Church

Pine Forge Academy is a co-educational Seventh-day Adventist boarding school that serves grades 9 through 12. It is located in Berks County, Pennsylvania. The land for the school grounds was donated to the founders of the school by the family of Thomas Rutter, who was an abolitionist during the 1700s. The property was listed on the National Register of Historic Places as the Pine Forge Mansion and Industrial Site in 2004.[2]


Pine Forge Academy is one of four remaining African-American boarding schools. It was originally named Pine Forge Institute, and was later changed to Pine Forge Academy as attendance grew.


The Pine Forge Academy campus is located on 575 acres of land which was donated to the founders of the school by the family of Thomas Rutter, an abolitionist during the 1700s. The house in which Thomas Rutter and his family lived in is still located on the campus and is considered an historical landmark by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. The land is also used by the Allegheny East Conference of the Seventh-Day Adventist Church.

Student Housing[edit]

There are two dormitories that currently house students: Handy Hall for male students and Kimborough Hall for female students. The student cafeteria is located under the Kimborough Hall.

Student life[edit]

Choir and Creative Arts[edit]

There are various groups that students can join, two of them being the choir and creative arts groups. The Pine Forge Academy Choir is a nationally recognized choir which travels across the country. The Creative Arts drama-ministry group, which is sometimes accompanied by the choir, is a drama group which presents Christian values through skits and plays.

Interesting Facts[edit]

Cafeteria Burning

The student cafeteria was once a stand-alone building located on the campus. The basement of the female dormitory, Kimborough Hall, was outfitted as a cafeteria during the 1970s.

Underground Railroad

It is believed that a stop on the underground railroad is located on the campus of the academy. There is also a network of tunnels that lie beneath the school grounds.

Notable alumni[edit]

Barry C. Black, the 62nd Chaplain of the United States Senate, is an alumnus of Pine Forge Academy. He was the first African-American, the first Seventh-Day Adventist and the first military chaplain to hold the office of chaplain in the United States Senate.[3] Actor Clifton Davis is also an alumnus of the school as was revealed in the TVOne show Life After.


  1. ^ a b c "Pine Forge Academy". National Center for Education Statistics. Retrieved 2011-01-03. Total Students: 174 (2007-2008) 
  2. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2010-07-09. 
  3. ^ "Chaplain of U.S. Senate returns to Pine Forge". Reading Eagle. July 9, 2006. Retrieved 2011-01-03.