|Culver Military Academy / Culver Girls Academy|
|Head of Schools||John Buxton|
|Average class size||13|
|Student to teacher ratio||8.5:1|
1,850 acres (7.5 km2) |
|Color(s)||Maroon and White|
The Culver Academies is a college preparatory boarding school and summer camp in the United States. The Culver Academies is composed of three entities: Culver Military Academy (CMA) for boys, Culver Girls Academy (CGA), and the Culver Summer Schools and Camps. Collectively known as Culver Academies located in Culver, Indiana, USA. Henry Harrison Culver first founded Culver Military Academy in 1894 "for the purpose of thoroughly preparing young men for the best colleges, scientific schools and businesses of America." Coeducational since 1971, Culver Girls Academy was founded for the purpose of encouraging young women to attain the highest degree of self-development. Culver Summer Schools and Camps began in 1902 and today brings over 1,300 campers from around the world to Culver to learn leadership skills that improve personal confidence.
A boarding school featuring a broad college preparatory curriculum with a focus on educating "its students for leadership and responsible citizenship in society by developing and nurturing the whole individual - minds, spirit, and body - through integrated programs that emphasize the cultivation of character." Culver is one of the largest boarding schools in the United States, with over 785 students, an endowment of over $375 million, and a total campus of more than 1,800 acres (7.3 km2). The campus has the Vaughn Equestrian Center with one of the country's largest indoor riding hall and stable complexes, the Roberts Hall of Science and Dicke Hall of Mathematics with 64,500 square feet (5,990 m2) of classroom space, the Huffington Library with the latest in educational technologies, the Henderson Ice Arenas provide facilities to three boys' and two girls' teams, and the newly constructed Steinbrenner Performing Arts Center.
The boys continue to be organized as a military academy using a cadet system, while girls are part of an English prefect system. The boys' part of the school is known as Culver Military Academy (CMA), and the girls' part of the school as Culver Girls Academy (CGA). CMA consists of three battalions each containing three units within - Squadron (Band and Troop A and B), Artillery (Battery A, B, and C), and Infantry (Company A, B, C) - which together form the Corps of Cadets. CGA has seven dorms - Tower, Court, Ciel, Atrium, Ithika, Benson, and Linden. CMA is run by the Commandant of Cadets Col. Kelly Jordan and aided by the Regimental Commander Senior Captain Blake Hunnewell. CGA is run by the Dean of Girls, Ms. Laura Weaser, and aided by the Senior Prefect.
Culver Military Academy and Culver Girls Academy have a rich sports tradition and offer a variety of athletic programs and sports teams. The hockey team has a long history of success, and the boys' and girls' lacrosse teams have both recently won state tournaments. The boys' team won in 1999, 2000, 2002, 2004, 2007, and 2008 and the girls' team has won four times, in 2002, 2003, 2004, 2007, and 2008. In addition, Culver has recently had state champions in golf, wrestling, cross country, and track, as well as the state softball player of the year. Culver was home to the 2006 Youth National Rowing Champion in the Men's Single Scull. CMA's Black Horse Troop is one of the nation's elite horsemanship groups for high school students and is usually invited to participate in the Presidential Inauguration Parade. Recently Culver's sailing team went to several national events. The Culver Academies Girls Soccer team is ranked 5th in the state (according to an ESPN poll), and made it to the State Finals in 2008. Culver is also considered one of the top fencing schools in the nation. In 2009, the boys' basketball team will be competing in the State Farm Holiday Classic basketball tournament in Bloomington-Normal, IL.
The Eugene C. Eppley Foundation donated the funds for the three classroom buildings that comprise the Gignilliat Memorial Quadrangle. The Eppley Auditorium, built in 1959, seats 1,500 people.
The campus sits on the shores of Lake Maxinkuckee which allows the school to educate students on sailing and other water activities.
Henderson Arena is home to Culver Military Academy and Culver Girls Academy. The arena underwent renovations in 2004 and will undergo renovations once again in 2011. Henderson Ice Arena will be constructed into a bowl shape having seats around the entire arena, complete with 45 luxury boxes above the lower bowl. An upper bowl will be added as well making the capacity of Henderson Arena about 14,000. The ceiling will be constructed high enough where an octagon shaped scoreboard will hang. The dimensions of the scoreboard are still yet to be determined. The complete transformation of Henderson Ice Arena will be complete with two brand new, state of the art, Burger King Zambonis.
- Bud Adams, Owner of the Tennessee Titans
- Alexander, Crown Prince of Yugoslavia
- Alberto Baillères, Mexico's second richest man
- Frank Batten, Founder of Landmark Communications, The Weather Channel and weather.com
- Charles T. Beaird, Industrialist and newspaper publisher
- James C. Bolton, Louisiana banker
- Sam Cohn, talent agent
- Samuel Arnold
- Luther Davis, Playwright and screenwriter
- Enrique G. Sada, Chairman & CEO The Roda AG Group
- Kevin Dean, Former NHL hockey player
- Michael Dixon
- Mario Dominguez, Champ Car driver
- Jack Eckerd, founder Eckerd Pharmacy Chain
- Eugene C. Eppley, Hotel magnate
- Ernest K. Gann, Aviator and Writer
- Horace Heidt, Pianist and Big Band leader
- James Henderson, Chairman Cummins, Inc.
- Hal Holbrook, Broadway and Hollywood actor
- Robert James Huber, Michigan politician and businessman
- Michael Huffington, politician
- Lamar Hunt, founder of the Kansas City Chiefs
- Bill Koch (1940-), wealthy American businessman, sailor, and collector. His boat was the winner of the America's Cup in 1992.
- John-Michael Liles, NHL Hockey Player and 2006 Olympian, Colorado Avalanche
- Adolphe Menjou, Actor
- Walter O'Malley (1903-1979), owner of the Brooklyn Dodgers, who moved the team to Los Angeles, California in 1958.
- Roger Penske, owner of Penske Corporation
- William Perry, Composer
- George R. Roberts, American financier, partner in KKR
- Jon Scieszka, author
- Gene Siskel, Movie critic
- Herbert Sobel
- Burr Steers, Director and Hollywood actor
- Juergen Sommer, Professional Soccer Player and Coach
- George Steinbrenner, Owner of the New York Yankees
- Hal Steinbrenner, Part-Owner of the New York Yankees
- Hank Steinbrenner, Part-Owner of the New York Yankees
- Gary Suter, Former NHL hockey player
- Wendell Willkie, The GOP Presidential Nominee in 1940 Presidential Election attended Culver's summer program in 1906 but did not graduate.
- J. Lawrence Wilson, Chairman & CEO Rohm & Haas, Inc.
- Jonathan Winters, Comic and Hollywood actor
- Sheldon Vanauken, author of A Severe Mercy and Christian apologist
- Miles D. White, Chairman and CEO, Abbott Labs
- James C. Wofford, Olympic equestrian
- Reuben H. Fleet, founder of Consolidated Aircraft, aviation pioneer
- Kaitlin B. Spensley, Former Dallas Cowboys Cheerleader
- Skyland Camp-Bowman Lake Ranger Station in Glacier National Park, built by the Culver Military Academy
- Taylor, R.M., Stevens, E.W. and Ponder, M.A. (1992) Indiana: A New Historical Guide. Indiana State Historical Society. p 563.
- 1959 postcard. Retrieved 6/11/08.
- 1960s postcard. Retrieved 6/11/08.
- Dalstrom, H.A. "Eugene C. Eppley: His Life and Legacy," The Journal of American History. 57;2. September 1970. p 468.
- "SPORTS PEOPLE: YACHT RACING; Don't Tell Dennis Conner", The New York Times, July 15, 1992. Accessed February 14, 2008. "The America's Cup defender, BILL KOCH, capsized a sailboat on Lake Maxinkuckee in Culver, Ind., last weekend while racing students at Culver Academy, where he graduated in the 1950's."
- "Walter F. O'Malley, Leader of Dodgers' Move to Los Angeles, Dies at 75; Unqualified Success", The New York Times, August 10, 1979.