Tunica Academy

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Tunica Academy
Tunica, Mississippi, (Tunica County)
United States
Coordinates 34°40′51″N 90°23′23″W / 34.6807°N 90.3898°W / 34.6807; -90.3898Coordinates: 34°40′51″N 90°23′23″W / 34.6807°N 90.3898°W / 34.6807; -90.3898
Type Private School, high school
Established 1964
Grades K–12
Number of students 234 (2014)
Color(s) Blue, White
Team name Blue Devils

Tunica Academy is a K-12 non-denominational Christian private school located in unincorporated Tunica County, Mississippi, near Tunica.[1][2]

Tunica Academy is an accredited member of the Mississippi Private School Association.


The school was originally established by white parents in 1964 by the name Tunica Institute of Learning as a segregation academy in response to the court ordered desegregation of Tunica public schools. The name was later changed to Tunica Academy.[3][4] The first class to graduate was the class of 1970.

As of 2010 97% of the students were white. This differed from Tunica's public high school, Rosa Fort High School, where 98% were black.[5] In 2014 there were 16 African-American students out of a total student population of 234, or 7%, while the Tunica Public Schools student body was 97% African-American.[6][7]


  1. ^ "Tunica town, Mississippi." U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved on March 2, 2011.
  2. ^ "Welcome to Tunica Academy." Tunica Academy. Retrieved on March 2, 2011. "584 Academy Drive — Tunica, MS 38676"
  3. ^ "History of Tunica Academy". TunicaAcademy.com. Retrieved 3 August 2016. 
  4. ^ Herbert, Bob (16 May 1999). "In America; Haunted by Segregation". New York Times. Retrieved 3 August 2016. 
  5. ^ Dellinger, Matt. Interstate 69: The Unfinished History of the Last Great American Highway. Simon and Schuster, August 24, 2010. ISBN 143917573X, 9781439175736. p. 147.
  6. ^ "Tunica Academy". Retrieved 3 August 2016. 
  7. ^ Harlan, Chico (11 July 2015). "An opportunity gamed away For a county in the Deep South that reaped millions from casino business, poverty is still its spin of the wheel". Washington Post. Retrieved 3 August 2016. 

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