New York Military Academy
, or NYMA
, is an American private boarding school
located in Cornwall-on-Hudson
, New York
. It was founded in 1889 by Charles Jefferson Wright, a Civil War
veteran and former school teacher from New Hampshire
who believed that a military
structure provided the best environment for academic achievement, a philosophy to which the school adhered. NYMA has a long history as a college preparatory school
with a military structure that enrolled students from the New York metropolitan area
as well as around the country and the world.
Wright's successor, Sebastian Jones, presided over the Academy from 1894–1922, 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. NYMA is now one of the oldest military schools in the United States. In 1975, the Academy became a coeducational institution, admitting women for the first time in the school's history.
The school has recently emerged from a difficult period in which it faced the possibility it would have to close its doors due to dwindling enrollment and financial problems. New York Military Academy held what was said to be "the final graduation ceremonies" in June, 2010. However, a group of... Read More