Minnehaha Academy (often
abbreviated MA) is a private school in Minneapolis, Minnesota for students in preschool
through 12th grade.
It is owned
and operated by the Northwest Conference of the Evangelical Covenant Church
the Cooper and Longfellow neighborhoods, Minnehaha
also has a preschool through grade 5 site in the city of Bloomington.
Students from Minneapolis, Saint Paul, and
throughout the Twin Cities area attend Minnehaha Academy.
Academy was established in 1884 by Swedish immigrants
Since 1913, Minnehaha has been located in
Minneapolis, Minnesota, on the banks of the Mississippi River.
Minnehaha was a high school serving grades 9-12 until 1972, when
grades 7 and 8 were added. In 1981, the South Campus was purchased
and the Middle School was established with the addition of grade 6.
The Lower School, grades 1-5, started in 1982. Kindergarten was
added in 1985, and then preschool in 1995. The following year,
Minnehaha expanded to another campus in Bloomington for preschool through grade 5.
Athletic Center at North Campus was dedicated in 2002, and the new
Chapel and Fine Arts Center in 2003. Renovation of the South Campus
(lower and middle school) was completed in 2008.
Minnehaha Academy is a member of the Tri-Metro Conference
known for its consistent winning seasons in girls' basketball
, girls' soccer
. Guido Kauls
was Minnehaha's first soccer coach, holding the position from its
beginnings in the 1960s until he retired in 2001, having
accumulated 500 career victories. Academically, Minnehaha features
teams that compete in regional math and science tournaments, as
well as a small classical debate
Minnehaha educational program, which begins at the Lower School in
preschool and goes through the Upper School in 12th grade, sends
many students on to both Minnesota-based colleges and universities and some very accomplished
out-of-state schools including, but not limited to, Dartmouth, Carleton
College, Georgetown, Princeton, Judson
University, Illinois, The University of Chicago, Northwestern, Normandale
Community College, the Eastman School of Music, University of British Columbia, Cornell, Yale and United States Air Force
- Reynold B. Johnson (Class of 1925): Inventor and
Dupre Hagstrom (Class of 193x): Expert in surface physics, elected
to National Academy of Sciences. 
- C. Donald Peterson (Class of 1935): Justice,
Supreme Court, 1967-1986.
- Philip Brunelle (Class of 1961):
Classical musician and founder of music group Vocalessence 
- Melody Beattie (Class of 1962):
- Rev. Mark Hanson (Class of 1964):
Current Presiding Bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran
Church in America and President of the Lutheran World Federation
- John Lundell (Class of 197x) :
Minnesota Radio/Television personality and Traffic reporter
- Geoffrey Gage (Class of 1985): Founder and President of
Geoffrey Carlson Gage Advertising, and part-owner of the Minnesota
Wild NHL hockey team
- Joe Roche, (Class of 198x), Iraq War
veteran and political commentator.
- Tom Carothers (Class of 1991):
Editor-In-Chief, Vype — High School Sports Magazine
- Micah Watkins
(Class of 1994): Former University of Minnesota Golden Gophers basketball player.
- Amy Sannes (Class
of 1995): Competed in the 2006
Winter Olympics in Torino, Italy 
- Leah McLean
(Class of 1997): KSTP-TV news anchor 
- Bryan Malley (Class of 1997) :
Chronicle Editor 
- Birungi Mutebi
(Class of 1998) : Former Carleton College Knights soccer player. All time leader at
the school in goals, points, and shots on goal. Currently working
for the Minnesota Timberwolves. 
- Matt Kretzman (Class of 1998) :
Plays keyboard for indie rock band
Tapes 'n Tapes. Performed on the
David Letterman Show. Played at Lollapalooza 2007. 
- MA's yearbook is named "The Antler," with its Middle School
counterpart the "Minneantler."
- MA's school newspaper is "The Talon," referring to the foot of
the Redhawk mascot. It is a member of the High School National Ad
- MA's quarterly news publication for parents and alumni is
called "The Arrow," despite recent changes to names related to the
- Minnehaha's current mascot, the Redhawk, was chosen in 1991
when the previous mascot, the Indian, was deemed to be politically incorrect. Minnehaha was
without a mascot from 1990 until the Fall of 1991.
- In 2005, one of Minnehaha's students, Sam Reinhardt, scored a
perfect SAT score while another, Adrian
Wood-Smith scored a perfect ACT
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- Notable rivals include Breck School and De La Salle and Carlson
school of recovering alcoholics.
- Student favorites include economics teacher David Hoffner and
the recently retired history zen master David Glenn.