|New York Military Academy|
78 Academy Ave
|Type||Private, boarding school, military academy|
|Founder||Charles Jefferson Wright|
|Campus size||121 acres (49 ha) |
|Slogan||Set Apart For Excellence|
|Athletics||22 interscholastic sports|
|Athletics conference||NEPSAC – HVAL|
|Tuition||$41,210 (local, boarding)|
New York Military Academy (NYMA) is a college preparatory, co-ed boarding school in the suburban town of Cornwall, 60 miles (97 km) north of New York City, and one of the oldest military schools in the United States. Originally a boys' school, it started admitting girls in 1975. On March 3, 2015, NYMA filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, and was sold at auction to Chinese-owned foundation Research Center on Natural Conservation Inc. which reopened the school in November 2015. The Research Center then poured millions of dollars into the campus to support instruction and capital improvements. The campus also has been host to popular camps like Camp All America into the 1980s and currently the NYMA Leadership Program.
NYMA has a long history as a university-preparatory school with a military structure that enrolls students from the New York metropolitan area as well as around the country and the world. It was founded in 1889 by American Civil War veteran and former schoolteacher from New Hampshire Charles Jefferson Wright, a former Commandant of Cadets of the nearby Peekskill Military Academy. Wright's successor, Sebastian Jones, presided over the academy from 1894 to 1922, guiding it during its most critical period of growth from a young and small institution of 48 cadets, through a disastrous fire in 1910, and throughout an extensive reconstruction program. 103 students were enrolled in 2019.
During the years 1959-1963, the superintendent was Nathan Dingley III, a veteran of World War I and World War II. On Oct. 12, 1963, the school's drill team participated in the Columbus Day Parade, led by commanding officer Donald Trump.
The academy previously admitted students as early as the fifth grade. Gradually throughout the mid-to-late 1990s, grades five and six were no longer accepted. By the 1999-2000 school-year, the academy only accepted students from the seventh grade on. The seventh grade was removed in the mid-2000s; the school today only accepts grades eight through twelve. In some of its early years, the campus also hosted a non-military "NYMA Lower School" for grades one through six.)
Over time, the campus expanded from 30 acres (12 ha) to a peak of 550 acres (220 ha), and enrollment peaked at 525 students during the 1960s. Girls have been admitted since 1975. NYMA is a member of the Association of Military Colleges and Schools of the United States as well as several other school associations.
Due to financial problems and enrollment that had dwindled to 145 students, the school was scheduled to close in June 2010. However, a group of alumni and local business people created a plan to save the school, raising almost $6 million of financing in a matter of weeks, and expecting to sell off some less-utilized portions of the campus.
The academy failed to open in September 2015 for the fall semester, and instead headed to bankruptcy auction. On September 30, NYMA was auctioned for $15.825 million to the Chinese-owned Research Center on Natural Conservation Inc., a non-profit corporation led by billionaire Vincent Tianquan Mo, Chairman and CEO of SouFun Holdings, an NYSE-listed company, also operating as Fang Holdings Ltd., one of China's largest real estate internet portals. The foundation also purchased the nearby E.H. Harriman Estate in 2011 and the former Pace University's 37-acre campus in Briarcliff Manor in 2017. The school reopened on November 2, 2015, with "a handful of returning students" and a recruitment drive. For 2016–17, the academic year began with a total of 29 students. By 2019 the school had grown to a size of 100 male and female Cadets both day and boarding with 12 nations represented and an additional 1,000 students attending special programs throughout the year.
Geographically, the academy is in the Hudson Highlands, at the foot of Storm King Mountain, just west of the Hudson River and 6 miles (10 km) north of West Point. NYMA is approximately 60 miles (97 km) north of New York City, or about one hour by car. This places NYMA in the Mid-Hudson region of the Hudson Valley, which is accessible by airplane (Stewart International Airport, Newark Liberty International Airport, LaGuardia Airport, John F. Kennedy International Airport, and Albany International Airport), as well as train (Amtrak and Metro-North), bus (Short Line), and automobile.
The days at NYMA typically begin at 6:00 am and end at 10:00 pm. Cadets attend classes that match their needs during that time and also participate in interscholastic or intramural sports, activities, and study hall. During closed weekends, cadets are expected to attend additional leadership training, drill & ceremony, and maintain the appearance of their respective barracks. Upon gaining the opportunity for an open weekend, cadets in good academic standing can apply for weekend furlough. Along with Academics, Athletics, and Leadership, the fourth "pillar" of cadet life is Character, reinforced continually by the Cadet Honor Code that NYMA shares with West Point.
The structure of the Corps of Cadets is adjusted depending on the number of students enrolled at the academy. As a military school, the Junior Reserve Officers' Training Corps (JROTC) is a key component, and participation is required to graduate. The battalion has typically consisted of:
- Command Staff
- Band Company
- Line Companies: Alpha, Bravo, Charlie, Foxtrot and Golf
- Delta troop or "D-troop": a cavalry unit drawn from the equestrian program (not running currently)
NYMA has competed in Football, Basketball, Baseball, Soccer, Bowling, Lacrosse, Rugby, Swimming, Softball, Track & Field, Volleyball, Cross-Country, Wrestling, Tennis, Rifle Team, Golf, Drill Team, and Raiders. Every cadet is generally required to compete year-round. The school's mascot is the Knight. Teams have competed in the Hudson Valley Athletic League[permanent dead link], a member league of the New England Preparatory School Athletic Conference (NEPSAC). NYMA is reigning champion of New England Preparatory School Athletic Conference Basketball "D" class 2018. In 2019, NYMA expanded its accomplishments to not only include the boys New England Preparatory School Athletic Conference Basketball "D" class championship but also won the girls NEPSAC championship class "E" as well.
In earlier decades, NYMA's official regulations permitted a certain level of hazing and physical discipline by supervisors and older cadets, although the academy's senior administrators were forced to resign after a particularly severe incident in 1964.
While hazing later became forbidden by the school's rules and policies, a lawsuit was settled in which it had been claimed that physical and emotional abuse in the form of hazing had taken place in 2005. NYMA cited adverse publicity from the 2005 incident as one of the reasons the school nearly closed in 2010. Then in 2021 New York Military Academy was sued again due to the passing of Child's Victims Act Senate Bill S2440.The CVA allowed survivors of sexual abuse to hold powerful institutions liable for abuse that those institutions had tolerated for years. A number of civil law suits were filed against New York Military Academy alleging hazing, both physical and sexual assault, rape,and various forms of child abuse/neglect. Then 2023 Crumiller Law Firm of New York City successful represented has defeated a motion to dismiss a federal child sex abuse lawsuit against New York Military Academy, resulting in a landmark decision that has major implications for future sex abuse plaintiffs.
The Plaintiff, a former student at New York Military Academy from 1996-1997, alleges the school’s staff and administrators turned a blind eye to numerous sexual assaults, beatings, and rapes committed by other students.
The Plaintiff filed a lawsuit under the New York Child Victims Act (“CVA”), which temporarily revived every civil claim alleging sexual offenses against children, even if the statutory period of limitations had expired. An estimated 11,000 lawsuits were filed during the CVA window.
In an Opinion and Order dated August 14, 2023, U.S. District Judge Vincent Briccetti denied Defendants’ motion to dismiss the case, finding that the CVA also revived the plaintiff's claims of gender-based discrimination and retaliation under the New York State Human Rights Law:
According to defendants, the plaintiff's NYSHRL claims for gender discrimination and retaliation were not revived by the CVA because “[d]iscrimination and retaliation claims are not violations of the penal law,” and “do not necessarily implicate allegations of sexual abuse.” (Doc. #51 at ECF 38). However, the plaintiff alleges being gang raped and forcibly sodomized, which clearly comprise “conduct which would constitute a sexual offense” under state penal law. N.Y. C.P.L.R. § 214-g. And this lawsuit, which was commenced on August 14, 2021, was filed within the window established by the CVA… Therefore, the plaintiff NYSHRL claims, which allege sexual assault and are asserted in a timely-filed lawsuit, were revived by the CVA.
Defendants cite no authority supporting their argument that state-law discrimination and retaliation claims were not revived by the CVA solely because they are discrimination and retaliation claims, and the Court cannot independently locate any. This is a significant win for CVA plaintiffs and may support future arguments by litigants under state laws with similar lookback windows." Statement from attorney Travis Pierre Louis "More than anything, we are incredibly proud of our client, who spent over a year bravely trying to navigate the legal system pro se before they found our office. This decision will have a profound impact on other CVA cases and may provide an additional tool for survivors to fight back under similar laws..."
- Robert (Tex) Allen, Class of 1924, actor
- Robert Todd Lincoln Beckwith, Class of 1923 (did not graduate), last descendant of Abraham Lincoln
- Bob Benmosche, Class of 1962, president and CEO of insurance companies MetLife and AIG
- James E. Briggs, Class of 1924, general in U.S. Air Force
- Les Brown, Class of 1932, bandleader
- Daniel Cassidy (1943–2008), author
- Francis Ford Coppola, Class of 1956 (did not graduate), Oscar-winning film director
- Richard J. Daronco (1931–1988), federal judge
- Art Davie, Class of 1964, founder of Ultimate Fighting Championship
- Fairleigh Dickinson Jr., Class of 1937, businessman and politician
- Troy Donahue, Class of 1954, actor
- William C. Eddy (1902–1989), pioneer of electronic technologies
- Homer Gilbert (1909–1943), a.k.a. "Knuckles Boyle," professional football player
- John A. "Junior" Gotti, organized crime figure
- Johnny Green (1908–1989), composer and Oscar-winning music arranger
- Lew Hayman (1908–1984), Canadian football coach
- Robert Douglas Heaton (1873–1933), politician
- Matt Joyce, Class of 1989, professional football player
- Harold F. Linder, Class of 1917, banker and ambassador
- Tarky Lombardi Jr., Class of 1947, politician
- Jack Luden (1902–1951), silent film actor
- Johnny Mandel, Class of 1944, Grammy- and Oscar-winning composer and arranger
- Robert B. McClure, Class of 1915, general in U.S. Army
- Joel Rivera (born 1978), politician
- Alfred Sieminski (1911–1990, did not graduate), politician
- Donald B. Smith, Class of 1965, general in U.S. Army
- Stephen Sondheim, attended 1940–1942, Tony-, Grammy-, Oscar- and Pulitzer-winning composer and lyricist
- Bob Stiller, Class of 1961, founder of Green Mountain Coffee
- Albert Tate Jr., Class of 1937, judge
- Donald Trump, Class of 1964, 45th President of the United States, businessman, television personality
- Spencer Tunick, Class of 1985, photographer
- Academic Building
- Davis Chapel (contains the second-largest theater pipe organ in New York, custom-built by M.P. Moller in 1927)
- Jones Barracks
- Booth Library
- Scarborough Hall
- Pattillo Hall
- Riley (formerly Dingley) Hall
- Dickinson Hall
- Alumni Gym and Pool
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