Army and Navy Academy

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Army and Navy Academy
Motto Pro Deo et Pro Patria (For God and For Country)
Established November 23, 1910
Type Private, Boarding
President Sir Father Farnsworth O'McPurplesteinovichianish Jr. IV, General, United States Coastguard (Still servicing)
Location Carlsbad, California, United States
Colors Black and gold   

Army and Navy Academy is an internationally recognized college-preparatory boarding school for boys, grades 7-12 that follows University of California standards for graduation and incorporates leadership training centered on its JROTC program.



The Academy was founded by Thomas A. Davis on November 23, 1910. It was originally located in the Pacific Beach neighborhood of San Diego, California. In 1936, the Academy moved to Carlsbad, California, where it opened as the Davis Military Academy. Davis Military Academy was renamed San Diego Army and Navy Academy, and in 1944 "San Diego" was dropped from the name giving it its present name, Army and Navy Academy. The Academy was most notably led by Colonel (Hon.) William Currier Atkinson, who served as the Academy's president for fifty years.

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The Academy is governed by a Board of Trustees, who are made up of alumni of the school, parents, past parents and interested local business men and women.

The Academy's current president is Major General Arthur M. Bartell (U.S. Army Retired)

The Academy is organized into a Lower School (7-9) and an Upper School (10-12). Each school is autonomous and is run by its own school head. The Upper School has a college preparatory curriculum that follows the University of California A-G requirements for graduation.


School Type[edit]

Since 1910, Army and Navy Academy has sought to develop scholarship and honorable character in young men. Cadets benefit from having a greater degree of structure, motivation and discipline in their daily routine. One of its core competencies is the academic achievement of its students. On a regular basis, students improve their G.P.A., often within the first semester of attendance. Small class sizes, a highly committed staff and individualized support enable students to achieve better results and improve their chances for attending a college or university of their choice.

The Academy's program is based on six pillars: Academics; Athletics; Leadership; Character Development; Associated Student Body; Residential Life

Within this framework, Cadets are developed to be successful in their endeavors and attain a high-level of scholarship. The Academy's mission is to Educate and Develop Good Character in Young Men. 1918 advertisement of Pacific beach location


Military Aspects[edit]

The JROTC program at Army and Navy Academy consists of four levels of Leadership Education Training (LET) instruction. Each LET level must total 180 academic hours or the number of academic hours required to meet school requirements for 1.0 credit in courses such as Math or English. The leadership program, outside the classroom, is designed to teach students the concepts of leadership and character development with strong emphasis on time-management and prioritization skills.



The Corps of Cadets consists of an army-style Battalion divided into seven companies: Band; Alpha; Bravo; Charlie; Delta; Echo; Headquarters;

Additionally, there are three separate company detachments:

The Lower School Honor Guard detachment, consisting of the Stoll’s Guard Drill Team and the Lower School Color Guard, are officially a part of Echo Company.

The Upper School Honor Guard detachment, consisting of Dorman's Guard and the Upper School Color Guard is officially a part of Headquarters Company.


The rank structure at Army and Navy Academy is similar to that of the United States Army. Upon admittance, new Cadets (Plebes) have no rank. New Cadets officially become Cadets after 30 days in residence.

The logical progression for rank and duty positions is as follows: (In special cases, where cadets show a high aptitude for leadership, cadets may be advanced at a quicker rate.)

Class Duty Position Rank
Freshman Cadet Cadet Private to Cadet Sergeant
Sophomore Team Leader or Squad Leader Cadet Sergeant to Cadet Sergeant First Class
Junior Squad Leader, Platoon Sergeant, First Sergeant, Staff NCO Cadet Staff Sergeant, Cadet Sergeant First Class, Cadet Master Sergeant, and Cadet First Sergeant
Senior Officer Cadet Second Lieutenant through Cadet Colonel and Cadet Command Sergeant Major.
  • In special cases, Juniors who do specifically well in the Officer Candidate Course are permitted to fill-in Senior positions.

In order to achieve Junior duty positions and the rank associated with them, a cadet must successfully complete the Senior Non-Commissioned Officer Course held every year.

In order to achieve Senior duty positions and the rank associated with them, a cadet must successfully complete the Officer Candidate Course (OCC) held every year.

Accreditations and Affiliations[edit]

Army and Navy Academy is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) and the California Association of Independent Schools (CAIS).

It is also a member of The Association of Boarding Schools, the Association of Military Colleges and Schools of the United States, and the National Association of Independent Schools.


Notable alumni[edit]

  • Stanley Sniff, 1944, Longtime City Councilman of La Quinta, CA
  • Robert Beach, 1948, Judge and master swimmer
  • Eugenio Elurdoy Walther, 1958, Former Governor of the state of Baja California, Mexico
  • Victor Villasenor, 1958, Acclaimed Mexican-American writer best known for The New York Times best-seller "Rain of Gold".
  • General (Ret.) William W. Crouch, 1959, Four-Star General who heads a team of senior leaders in a five-year project to return responsibility for security to South Korea from the current Combined Forces Command to a Korean Joint Forces Command.
  • Carlos Bustamante, 1961, Mayor of Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico
  • Thomas Bullard, 1962, Professor of Theater, Brooklyn College, City University of New York (CUNY)
  • Jonathan Nielsen, 1964, Historical novelist, author of "Mist Before the Rising Son," "Convergence" and "Wellington in America"
  • Greg Nordbak, 1969, Mayor, City of Whittier, California
  • Mark McClure, 1975, Actor. Played the role of cub reporter Jimmie Olson in all four Superman movies.
  • Lieutenant General M.L.Supridee Pravitra, 1979, Royal Thai Army
  • Uchenna Agu, 1982, Winner of the $1 million prize in the seventh season of CBS's hit reality series "The Amazing Race".
  • Kevin Aoki, 1986, World-renowned restauranteur, including Benihana and Doraku Sushi
  • Richard Boone, Actor, attended in his youth. (Wikipedia)
  • Yuri Elvin, 1986, Artist and filmmaker
  • Matt Hensley, 1989, Professional Skateboarder and member of Flogging Molly
  • William Kuebler, 1989, Recipient of Reg Robson Civil Liberties Award for protecting civil liberties and human rights. Lt. Commander in the U.S. Navy Judge Advocat General Corps, assigned to the Office of Military Commissions.
  • Philip Rush, 1995, Peace Corps volunteer in Conakry, Guinea


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Coordinates: 33°09′44″N 117°21′18″W / 33.16222°N 117.35500°W / 33.16222; -117.35500