Millersburg Military Institute
|Millersburg Military Institute|
|1122 Main Street
|Type||Military boarding school
|Motto||Est Nulla Via Invia Virtute
(There is No Way Except The Way of Virtue.)
|Founder||Col. C. M. Best|
|Color(s)||Blue and Gold|
Founded in 1893, it survived for over 113 years until closing in July 2006 due to a declining student population. The school had been temporarily closed in 2003, but was reopened by a rally of support from alumni and parents.
The campus sits on 18 acres (73,000 m2) in north-central Kentucky, in the town of Millersburg, Bourbon County. The property is bounded to the northwest by KY-68, to the southeast by railroad tracks and open land, and to the north and south by residential properties. The school was founded in 1893 on the property of the former Kentucky Wesleyan College and moved to its current location in 1920. Upwards of 250 students were enrolled during the school's peak operating times; however, class sizes steadily declined through the early 2000s, resulting in the school's closure in 2006.
The U.S. Army Cadet Corps purchased the property in September 2008 and turned it into its national headquarters, as well as a National Cadet Training Center. The facility served again as a military boarding school as Forest Hill Military Academy starting in August 2012. In 2014, the US Army Cadet Corps began a reorganization and closed the school.
It was announced in September 2015 that the grounds will once again be auctioned leaving the future of the school uncertain. The school filed for bankruptcy and stopped the sale and is currently restructuring its debt.
The restructure referenced above was a miserable failure. Forest Hill Military Academy, under the failed leadership of Mr. Jay Whitehead, went into bankruptcy and its campus was foreclosed on, in 2016. The program no longer operates.
- Wendell Berry (born 1934) – academic, cultural and economic critic, farmer and prolific author of novels, short stories, poems, and essays
- Tom Boerwinkle (born 1945) basketball player at the University of Tennessee and with the NBA Chicago Bulls (1968–1978)
- Jason Conley (born 1981) – attended for one postgraduate year before attending Virginia Military Institute; he would become the first freshman to lead NCAA Division I men's basketball in scoring
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- "Kentucky's only military school scheduled to be auctioned". Retrieved 2015-09-25.
- Kocher, Greg. "Former MMI files for bankruptcy, cancelling sale".
- Schmidt, Neil (16 February 2002). "Five questions with Jason Conley". The Cincinnati Enquirer. Retrieved 2 June 2010.
WKYT News Coverage, December 2011: http://www.wkyt.com/home/headlines/Military_academy_brings_attention_to_old_Bourbon_County_campus_136410998.html