Academy of Richmond County
|Academy of Richmond County|
|910 Russell Street
Augusta, Georgia, (Richmond County), 30904
|School board||1st District|
|School district||Richmond County School System|
|Student to teacher ratio||1:17|
|School color(s)||Purple and gold
Old Academy of Richmond County
|Location||540 Telfair St., Augusta, Georgia|
|Area||less than one acre|
|Architectural style||Gothic Revival|
|NRHP Reference #||73000639|
|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, and the oldest existing public high school in the South. 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 of Walton Way. The principal of that time, 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 1959, the school lost its status as a segregated school.
The New Richmond Academy
The Academy of Richmond County has an International Baccalaureate (IB) Programme taught within the school for grades 9 through 12. The International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme is a college preparatory course of study for highly motivated high school students. The IB Program was added to the school in July 2003.
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.
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- Scott Michaux Coach takes pressure in stride, Augusta Chronicle, January 28, 2009. Retrieved 01-28-2009
- Academy of Richmond County official website
- National Park Service "Discover Our Shared Heritage" travel itinerary