Academy of Richmond County

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Academy of Richmond County
Academy of Richmond County, front entrance..JPG
The current high school building
910 Russell Street
Augusta, Georgia 30904
United States
Type Public
Established 1783
School board 1st District
School district Richmond County School System
Principal Scott McClintock
Grades 9–12
Enrollment 1,347
Student to teacher ratio 1:16[1]
Campus type urban
School color(s) Purple and gold
Mascot Musketeer
Feeder schools All Richmond county public schools
Academy of Richmond County-1926 Campus
Coordinates 33°28′26″N 82°00′19″W / 33.4740°N 82.0054°W / 33.4740; -82.0054Coordinates: 33°28′26″N 82°00′19″W / 33.4740°N 82.0054°W / 33.4740; -82.0054
Built 1926
Architect Philander P. Scoggs, Whitley L. Ewing
Architectural style Collegiate Gothic
NRHP Reference # 03001491[2]
Added to NRHP January 28, 2004

The Academy of Richmond County is a high school located in Augusta, Georgia, United States. Known previously as Richmond County Military Academy, it is commonly known as Richmond Academy or ARC.

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.
Coordinates 33°28′12″N 81°57′44″W / 33.4700°N 81.9623°W / 33.4700; -81.9623
Area less than one acre
Built 1857
Architect William Henry Goodrich
Architectural style Gothic Revival
NRHP Reference # 73000639[2]
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 desegregated.

The Present Richmond Academy[edit]


The Academy of Richmond County has 1,347 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.[3] ARC is one of three schools 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.[4] It has teams in many sports.

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. Democratic member of the United States House of Representatives
Dudley Hollingsworth Bowen Jr. United States federal judge
Lloyd D. Brown United States Army Major General[6]
Hervey M. Cleckley Psychiatrist; professor, author, 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 Member of the United States House of Representatives and lawyer
William Dudley Geer First Dean of the School of Business at Samford University
Phil Gingrey Obstetrician and a Republican member of the United States House of Representatives
Isaac S. Hopkins First president of the Georgia Institute of Technology
Frank M. Hull Lawyer who became a U.S. Court of Appeals judge
Susan Still Kilrain NASA astronaut
John Pendleton King United States Senator
Joseph R. Lamar United States Supreme Court Justice
James Longstreet One of the foremost Confederate generals of the American Civil War; principal subordinate to General Robert E. Lee; post-war he commanded a force including African-American militia troops against a white supremacist paramilitary organization
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, holding professorships including at Stanford University, Yale University, and Oxford University
Carl Sanders Governor of Georgia and lawyer; named partner of Troutman Sanders, an international law firm with more than 650 attorneys located in North America and Asia
Andy West Bassist
Ken Whisenhunt NFL head coach and player of Tennessee Titans[7]
Jim Whitehead Republican politician
Judy Woodruff Television news anchor, journalist, and writer; has worked at CNN, NBC News, and PBS; board member at the International Women's Media Foundation; member of the Council on Foreign Relations

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Academy Of Richmond County High School - Augusta, Georgia/GA - Public School Profile
  2. ^ a b National Park Service (2010-07-09). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 
  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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