Auburn Adventist Academy

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Auburn Adventist Academy
Auburn Adventist Academy Logo.svg
5000 Auburn Way South
Auburn, Washington
United States
Coordinates Coordinates: 47°16′54″N 122°09′45″W / 47.281544°N 122.162415°W / 47.281544; -122.162415
Type Private secondary
Motto That Students may become of Christ convicted, to Christ committed, and for Christ compelled.
Religious affiliation(s) Seventh-day Adventist
Established 1919
Principal John Soule
Faculty 26
Grades 912
Enrolment 233
Average class size 25
Student to teacher ratio 1:10
Hours in school day 7:30am - 5:25pm
Color(s) Blue      and Gold     [citation needed]
Athletics conference Washington Conference (Tacoma)
Mascot Falcon[citation needed]
Newspaper "The Paper"
Yearbook "Rainier Vista"
Graduates 76
Slogan School of Today for the Leaders of Tomorrow

Auburn Adventist Academy is a co-educational Seventh-day Adventist boarding high school (grades 9-12) located in Auburn, Washington. It is operated by the Washington Conference of Seventh-day Adventists.It is a part of the Seventh-day Adventist education system, the world's second largest Christian school system.[1][2][3][4]


The school was first founded in dense forest in 1919 under the name Western Washington Missionary Academy.[5][6] From the beginning it was also known by the shorter name, Western Washington Academy and was operated by the former Western Washington Conference of Seventh-day Adventists.[7]

In 1921, a fire destroyed the main academy building[8] valued at $14,000. Within a year, the members of the Western Washington Conference raised the necessary funds and the school was rebuilt. It continued to grow.[9] The surrounding timber resources were used to construct new buildings.

In 1930, the school's name was officially changed to Auburn Academy.[9] It had been called by that name as early as 1920.[10] In 1971, it became Auburn Adventist Academy. In 1938 a furniture factory was the major campus industry, providing employment for 80 students.[11]

To accommodate the increase of students (approximately 300) in 1948, a new South Hall girls' dormitory was completed in 1949.

The furniture factory burned in 1942, was rebuilt, and burned again in 1951. In January, 1967, Harris Pine Mills assumed management of the factory[9] and it continued to provide work experience to the Academy until December, 1986, when it closed.[11]

The enrollment in 1969 had increased to 560 students making it the largest Adventist boarding school in North America.[5][9]

A large auditorium, seating over 4,000, was constructed on the Academy campus in 1958 by the Washington Conference for use during the annual camp meeting.[12] As enrollment increased the buildings on campus proved inadequate. Athletics, recreational events, and Sabbath services all took place in the same room. In 1959, the conference made the camp meeting auditorium available for use as a gymnasium. This made it possible for the school develop an area solely for worship services.[13]

Major construction began in 1962 with the building of Witzel Hall, the boys' dormitory, resulted in the expenditure of over a million dollars and a shift of the campus towards the south. South Hall was renamed Nelson Hall following remodeling in 1963 and the building of an adjacent chapel in 1964. Rudolph Hall, the cafeteria, was completed in 1963. Scriven Hall, the administration building, welcomed its first students in January 1965.[11]

The Miller Aquatic Center, which includes a swimming pool with lockers, shower rooms, and physical education personnel offices adjacent to the school gymnasium, Rainier Auditorium, was opened in 1969. In 1974, students raised a substantial part of the funds for a new industrial arts complex named Spady Hall. A new music building was also completed that year.[11]

In 1979, a new church was begun. It first opened for regular service in April 1981.

Late in 1986, Harris Pine Mills of Pendleton, Oregon, since 19 67 the mainstay of the Academy's student work program, closed.

On November 17, 2003 Nelson Hall burned to the ground.[14][15] As a result, the boys dormitory, Witzel Hall, was divided and used as both a girls and boys residence for two years splitting the dorm in half, girls on one side, boys on the other. A new girls dorm was completed in 2005.

Since the mid-50s, enrollment has fluctuated between 300 and 550 per year. Graduating classes have grown from a low of five students in 1920 to over 100 in recent years.[11]


The schools curriculum consists primarily of the standard courses taught at college preparatory schools across the world. All students are required to take classes in the core areas of English, Basic Sciences, Mathematics, a Foreign Language, and Social Sciences.

Spiritual aspects[edit]

All students take religion classes each year that they are enrolled. These classes cover topics in biblical history and Christian and denominational doctrines. Instructors in other disciplines also begin each class period with prayer or a short devotional thought, many which encourage student input. Weekly, the entire student body gathers together in the auditorium for an hour-long chapel service. Outside the classrooms there is year-round spiritually oriented programming that relies on student involvement.

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  1. ^"the second largest Christian school system in the world has been steadily outperforming the national average – across all demographics."
  2. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on March 23, 2015. Retrieved March 18, 2016. 
  3. ^ "Department of Education, Seventh-day Adventist Church". Retrieved 2010-06-18. 
  4. ^ Rogers, Wendi; Kellner, Mark A. (April 1, 2003). "World Church: A Closer Look at Higher Education". Adventist News Network. Archived from the original on 2011-07-24. Retrieved 2010-06-19. 
  5. ^ a b Flewelling, Stan (October 2002). "Auburn-area Churches". White River Valley Museum Newsletter. Retrieved 2012-03-20. 
  6. ^ Piper, J. F. (September 25, 1919). "Western Washington Missionary Academy" (PDF). North Pacific Union Gleaner. College Place, Washington: North Pacific Union Conference of Seventh-day Adventists. 14 (23): 2. Retrieved 2012-03-22. 
  7. ^ "North Pacific Union Gleaner search results for "Western Washington Academy"". Online Document Archives. Seventh-day Adventist Church General Conference Office of Archives, Statistics, and Researchh. Retrieved 2012-03-22. 
  8. ^ Burg, F. M. (May 19, 1921). "In Ashes" (PDF). North Pacific Union Gleaner. College Place, Washington, USA: North Pacific Union Conference of Seventh-day Adventists. 16 (20): 4. Retrieved 2012-03-23. 
  9. ^ a b c d "Auburn Academy Celebrates 50th Anniversary Homecoming May 9, 10" (PDF). North Pacific Union Gleaner. College Place, Washington: North Pacific Union Conference of Seventh-day Adventists. 64 (18): 8, 9. May 5, 1969. Retrieved 2012-03-22. 
  10. ^ Flaiz, W. C. (January 8, 1920). "Auburn Academy" (PDF). North Pacific Union Gleaner. College Place, Washington: North Pacific Union Conference of Seventh-day Adventists. 14 (37): 2, 3. Retrieved 2012-03-22. 
  11. ^ a b c d e Auburn Adventist Academy History Archived May 11, 2009, at the Wayback Machine.
  12. ^ "United Advance News" (PDF). North Pacific Union Gleaner. College Place, Washington: North Pacific Union Conference of Seventh-day Adventists. 53 (21): 7. May 26, 1958. Retrieved 2012-03-24. 
  13. ^ Schlehuber, F. E. (October 5, 1959). "Auburn Academy" (PDF). North Pacific Union Gleaner. College Place, Washington: North Pacific Union Conference of Seventh-day Adventists. 54 (39): 7, 8. Retrieved 2012-03-24. 
  14. ^ No injuries in two-alarm fire at Auburn school, The Seattle Times, 11/17/2003
  15. ^ Auburn Adventist Academy fire started accidentally, The Seattle Times, 11/25/2003

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