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The Culver Academies is a college preparatory boarding school and summer camp in the United States. The Culver Academies is composed of three entities: Culver Military Academy (CMA) for boys, Culver Girls Academy (CGA), and the Culver Summer Schools and Camps. Collectively known as Culver Academies located in Culver, Indianamarker, USAmarker. Henry Harrison Culver first founded Culver Military Academy in 1894 "for the purpose of thoroughly preparing young men for the best colleges, scientific schools and businesses of America." Coeducational since 1971, Culver Girls Academy was founded for the purpose of encouraging young women to attain the highest degree of self-development. Culver Summer Schools and Camps began in 1902 and today brings over 1,300 campers from around the world to Culver to learn leadership skills that improve personal confidence.

A boarding school featuring a broad college preparatory curriculum with a focus on educating "its students for leadership and responsible citizenship in society by developing and nurturing the whole individual - minds, spirit, and body - through integrated programs that emphasize the cultivation of character." Culver is one of the largest boarding schools in the United States, with over 785 students, an endowment of over $375 million, and a total campus of more than . The campus has the Vaughn Equestrian Center with one of the country's largest indoor riding hall and stable complexes, the Roberts Hall of Science and Dicke Hall of Mathematics with of classroom space, the Huffington Library with the latest in educational technologies, the Henderson Ice Arenas provide facilities to three boys' and two girls' teams, and the newly constructed Steinbrenner Performing Arts Center.

Leadership Organization

The boys continue to be organized as a military academy using a cadet system, while girls are part of an English prefect system. The boys' part of the school is known as Culver Military Academy (CMA), and the girls' part of the school as Culver Girls Academy (CGA). CMA consists of three battalions each containing three units within - Squadron (Band and Troop A and B), Artillery (Battery A, B, and C), and Infantry (Company A, B, C) - which together form the Corps of Cadets. CGA has seven dorms - Tower, Court, Ciel, Atrium, Ithaka, Benson, and Linden. CMA is run by the Commandant of Cadets Col. Kelly Jordan and aided by the Regimental Commander Senior Captain Blake Hunnewell. CGA is run by the Dean of Girls, Ms. Laura Weaser, and aided by the Senior Prefect.


Culver Military Academy and Culver Girls Academy have a rich sports tradition and offer a variety of athletic programs and sports teams. The hockey team has a long history of success, and the boys' and girls' lacrosse teams have both recently won state tournaments. The boys' team won in 1999, 2000, 2002, 2004, 2007 , and 2008 and the girls' team has won four times, in 2002, 2003 , 2004 , 2007, and 2008. In addition, Culver has recently had state champions in golf, wrestling, cross country, and track, as well as the state softball player of the year. Culver was home to the 2006 Youth National Rowing Champion in the Men's Single Scull. CMA's Black Horse Troop is one of the nation's elite horsemanship groups for high school students and is usually invited to participate in the Presidential Inauguration Parade. Recently Culver's sailing team went to several national events. The Culver Academies Girls Soccer team is ranked 5th in the state (according to an ESPN poll), and made it to the State Finals in 2008. Culver is also considered one of the top fencing schools in the nation. In 2009, the boys' basketball team will be competing in the State Farm Holiday Classic basketball tournament in Bloomington-Normal, IL.


The Eugene C. Eppley Foundation donated the funds for the three classroom buildings that comprise the Gignilliat Memorial Quadrangle. The Eppley Auditorium, built in 1959, seats 1,500 people.

The campus sits on the shores of Lake Maxinkuckeemarker which allows the school to educate students on sailing and other water activities.

Henderson Arena is home to Culver Military Academy and Culver Girls Academy hockey teams.

Notable alumni

See also


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  2. Taylor, R.M., Stevens, E.W. and Ponder, M.A. (1992) Indiana: A New Historical Guide. Indiana State Historical Society. p 563.
  3. 1959 postcard. Retrieved 6/11/08.
  4. 1960s postcard. Retrieved 6/11/08.
  5. Dalstrom, H.A. "Eugene C. Eppley: His Life and Legacy," The Journal of American History. 57;2. September 1970. p 468.
  6. "SPORTS PEOPLE: YACHT RACING; Don't Tell Dennis Conner", The New York Times, July 15, 1992. Accessed February 14, 2008. "The America's Cup defender, BILL KOCH, capsized a sailboat on Lake Maxinkuckee in Culver, Ind., last weekend while racing students at Culver Academy, where he graduated in the 1950's."
  7. "Walter F. O'Malley, Leader of Dodgers' Move to Los Angeles, Dies at 75; Unqualified Success", The New York Times, August 10, 1979.

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