Academy of Richmond County

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Academy of Richmond County
910 Russell Street
Augusta, Georgia, 30904
Type Public
Established 1783
School board 1st District
School district Richmond County School System
Principal Malinda Cobb
Grades 9–12
Enrollment 1,300
Student to teacher ratio 1:17[1]
Campus type urban
School color(s) Purple and gold
Mascot Musketeer
Nickname Musketeers
Old Academy of Richmond County
Academy of Richmond County is located in Georgia (U.S. state)
Academy of Richmond County
Location 540 Telfair St., Augusta, Georgia
Coordinates 33°28′12″N 81°57′45″W / 33.47000°N 81.96250°W / 33.47000; -81.96250Coordinates: 33°28′12″N 81°57′45″W / 33.47000°N 81.96250°W / 33.47000; -81.96250
Area less than one acre
Built 1857
Architectural style Gothic Revival
Governing body Private
NRHP Reference # 73000639[2]
Added to NRHP April 11, 1973

The Old Academy of Richmond County was a high school listed on the National Register of Historic Places located in Augusta, Georgia, USA. Originally known as Richmond County Military Academy, and commonly known as Richmond Academy, it was chartered in 1783. This makes it the fifth oldest existing public high school in the United States,[citation needed] and the oldest existing public high school in the Southern United States. Richmond Academy is located at the edge of the Summerville district of Augusta.


Initially an all-male, privately funded school, it became a military school after the Civil War. Richmond Academy transitioned into a co-educational, traditional high school during the last half of the 20th century.

The school retains a large Army JROTC contingent.

President George Washington attended graduation ceremonies at ARC in 1791.

In 1926, the academy moved to its present-day building on Walton Way. Then-principal Major George Butler described the school in 1927 as "second to none in the South in terms of facility."

The 1926 building of the school has a Gothic-style architecture.

Up until the 1950s, ARC was for white males only. During the 1950s the school became coeducational. In 1964, the school lost its status as a segregated school.

The New Richmond Academy[edit]


The Academy of Richmond County has an International Baccalaureate Programme for grades 9 through 12. This a college preparatory course of study for highly motivated high school students, and was added to the school in July 2003.[3]


The school mascot is a Musketeer, and the school colors are purple and gold. The original school mascot was a bearcat.

The 1951-1957 Richmond Academy boys' baseball team was named one of the top 10 Georgia state sports dynasties.[4]

Mathematics team[edit]

The Mathematics Team won the 2005 National Society of Black Engineers Try-Math-A-Thon, which was held in Boston.[5]

Notable alumni[edit]

Name Class year Notability Reference(s)
Doug Barnard, Jr. American Democratic politician
Lloyd D. Brown 1908 United States Army Major General[6]
Hervey M. Cleckley American psychiatrist and pioneer in the psychopathy field
Aquilla J. Dyess Medal of Honor recipient in World War II
Jack Fisher Former professional baseball player (Baltimore Orioles, San Francisco Giants, New York Mets, Chicago White Sox, Cincinnati Reds)
William Henry Fleming American politician and lawyer
William Dudley Geer First Dean of the School of Business at Samford University
Phil Gingrey American obstetrician and a Republican member of the United States House of Representatives
Isaac S. Hopkins First president of the Georgia Institute of Technology
Susan Still Kilrain Retired NASA astronaut
John Pendleton King Former United States Senator
Joseph R. Lamar Supreme Court Justice
James Longstreet Confederate general in the American Civil War
Lafayette McLaws Confederate general in the American Civil War
Dan Miller Journalist, television personality, featured nationally on CBS's The Pat Sajak Show and The Nashville Network
Steve Morse Guitarist
David M. Potter Pulitzer Prize-winning history professor at Stanford University
Carl Sanders Governor of Georgia
Andy West Bassist
Ken Whisenhunt NFL head coach and player of Tennessee Titans[7]
Jim Whitehead American Republican politician
Judy Woodruff American television news anchor and journalist

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Academy Of Richmond County High School - Augusta, Georgia/GA - Public School Profile
  2. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2010-07-09. 
  3. ^ "Academy of Richmond County". 
  4. ^ Jeff Haws, Take 10: Georgia High School Sports Greatest Dynasties, Atlanta Journal-Constitution, April 1, 2008. Retrieved 02-14-2009.
  5. ^ Rickabaugh, Greg (2005-04-20). "Richmond Academy math team wins national event". The Augusta Chronicle. The Augusta Chronicle. 
  6. ^ Sarah Cantey Whitaker Allen, Our Children's Ancestry, 1935, page 437
  7. ^ Scott Michaux Coach takes pressure in stride, Augusta Chronicle, January 28, 2009. Retrieved 01-28-2009

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