Academy of Richmond County
|Academy of Richmond County|
The current high school building
|910 Russell Street
Augusta, Georgia 30904
|School board||1st District|
|School district||Richmond County School System|
|Student to teacher ratio||1:16|
|School color(s)||Purple and gold
Academy of Richmond County-1926 Campus
|Architect||Philander P. Scoggs, Whitley L. Ewing|
|Architectural style||Collegiate Gothic|
|NRHP Reference #||03001491|
|Added to NRHP||January 28, 2004|
Chartered in 1783, it is the fifth oldest existing public high school in the United States, and the oldest existing public high school in the Southern United States.
Richmond Academy is located at the edge of the Summerville historic district of Augusta.
Old Academy of Richmond County
The old Academy building
|Location||540 Telfair St.|
|Area||less than one acre|
|Architect||William Henry Goodrich|
|Architectural style||Gothic Revival|
|NRHP Reference #||73000639|
|Added to NRHP||April 11, 1973|
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, although it has maintained a strong military Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps.
President George Washington delivered the commencement address at the graduation ceremonies at ARC in 1791.
The original Richmond Academy building is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
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, and in 1964, the school became no longer a segregated school.
The Present Richmond Academy
The Academy of Richmond County has 1,277 students in grades 9 through 12, with a student to faculty ratio of 16:1. It has many advanced placement courses and an International Baccalaureate Programme course of study for its highly motivated college preparatory students that was added to the school in July 2003. ARC is the only school in the Central Savannah River Area that hosts an IB program.
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. It has teams in many sports.
Some notable alumni
- Academy Of Richmond County High School - Augusta, Georgia/GA - Public School Profile
- Staff (2010-07-09). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service.
- "Academy of Richmond County".
- Jeff Haws, Take 10: Georgia High School Sports Greatest Dynasties, Atlanta Journal-Constitution, April 1, 2008. Retrieved 02-14-2009.
- Rickabaugh, Greg (2005-04-20). "Richmond Academy math team wins national event". The Augusta Chronicle. The Augusta Chronicle.
- Sarah Cantey Whitaker Allen, Our Children's Ancestry, 1935, page 437
- Scott Michaux Coach takes pressure in stride, Augusta Chronicle, January 28, 2009. Retrieved 01-28-2009