Howe Military Academy

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Howe Military Academy
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United States
TypePrivate, Boarding, JROTC
Religious affiliation(s)Christian
PresidentCol Thomas Tate
Campus100 acres (0.40 km2)

Howe Military Academy was a private, co-educational and college preparatory boarding school located on a 100-acre (0.40 km2) campus in Northeast Indiana. The school enrolls students in grades 7-12.[citation needed] On March 18, 2019 Howe announced it will be closing its doors permanently after the 2019 school year.

Founded in the fall of 1884 Howe Grammar School,[1] later renamed Howe Military Academy, was established as a preparatory school for young men who were seeking ordination to the priesthood of the Episcopal Church.[1] The school's formation was largely the result of a bequest of John Badlam Howe, who died in 1883. His widow, Frances Marie Glidden Howe, and James Blake Howe, along with the Right Reverend David B. Knickerbacker third Episcopal bishop of Indiana, and Dr. Charles Spaulding, the first rector at Howe, took the $10,000 bequest left by John Howe and increased it to $50,000 to establish Howe Grammar School for boys.[1] The school opened in the former home of Mr. and Mrs. Howe, built in 1844, with two boys.[1] The school became a military school in 1895,[1] and fully co-educational in 1988,[1] with Company A (Alpha) being the all-female company consisting of day students and those that live on campus full-time.[citation needed]

As of September 2008, Howe was one of 28 military schools in the United States, down from a high of 125 such schools, and one of only two in Indiana.[1] For many years, the Howe house has been the home of the chaplain who serves Howe Military Academy. This was the house in which John B. Howe drafted the 1851 Constitution of the State of Indiana.[citation needed] St. James Memorial Chapel is on the National Register of Historic Places. The Rev. Philip Morgan, a native of Wales, serving in the Episcopal Church from 1984 was the School Chaplain, and Rector of St. Mark's, Howe from 1986 -2000

On March 18, 2019, Howe announced it would be closing its doors due to operational and fiscal challenges. At the end of the 2018–2019 school year, the school was closed and put on the market. Cries of help from the children were heard from towns away.

Old postcard of the school


Howe Military does not compete in a conference structure. Preferring to stay independent, Howe competes regionally against parochial, private and public schools. Currently Howe fields men's tennis, soccer, basketball, wrestling, baseball, lacrosse, drill, and track. For women soccer, volleyball, and tennis are available. Also Howe has a perennially nationally ranked rifle team that is available to both men and women.[citation needed]

Notable Alumni[edit]

John Cromwell - Actor & Director - Graduated Around 1904


  1. ^ a b c d e f g Currier, Rosalie (September 23, 2008). "Positive attention". Sturgis Journal. Archived from the original on July 16, 2011. Retrieved January 5, 2010.

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Coordinates: 41°43′28″N 85°25′24″W / 41.72444°N 85.42333°W / 41.72444; -85.42333