Randolph-Macon Academy was founded in 1892 by Randolph-Macon College and the Baltimore Conference of the Methodist Church. The school was erected in order to prepare young boys and men for the rigors of college academics under the auspices of the Methodist Church.
An Academy is Born
In the beginning, it was a simple hill one-half of a mile away from the Shenandoah River, sitting at the foot of the Blue Ridge Mountains. This hill witnessed...
The Early Years
The early years of Randolph-Macon Academy (R-MA) were indeed difficult and characterized by struggle. The Academy debt was up and revenue was low due to many unfortunate circumstances. A typhoid fever struck the campus in 1913 and cost the school $12,000 to combat ($298,531.84 in today’s money), ministerial students and sons of ministers received significant discounts on their tuition, and a lack of retention among its students and faculty caused the debt to build over the years.