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Carson Long Military Academy Celebrates 175th Anniversary
The oldest boarding school in the U.S. to still provide military training, Carson Long Military Academy in New Bloomfield, Perry County, Pa., celebrates its 175th anniversary while receiving recognition at the borough, county and statewide levels.
“This is a special time at Carson Long Military Academy,” said Col. Matthew Brown, president of CLMA. “To reach a milestone such as this is a testament to the quality education and training provided at Carson Long. It speaks volumes about the academic programs, military training and the faculty and advisors as well as our cadets.”
Carson Long Military Academy has received commemorative 175th anniversary citations from Bloomfield Borough, Perry County and even Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett, whose office presented a Letter of Congratulations. CLMA also received a Congressional Citation, House of Representatives Citation, County of Perry Commissioners’
Carson Long has produced special two-year 175th anniversary calendars to commemorate the milestone. Other activities have been held as part of the ongoing celebration. A special Veterans Day event in November officially will cap the 175th celebration.
CLMA is the oldest boarding school in the United States that still provides military training. Carson Long and its predecessor, New Bloomfield Academy, have had an estimated 3,000 graduates. The academic program is designed to prepare a student for life, a college education or the service academies. Each year 150 cadets are educated in the classrooms, military facilities and athletic fields on the 50-acre campus.
“Carson Long Military Academy offers young men the ability to achieve academic excellence, character based leadership development, and opportunities that allows them to develop and grow into future leaders all in a boarding school education,” Col. Brown said. “A student may underperform at a large public school but can excel in sports, academics, and make lifelong friends in a 24/7 learning environment.
“By following the traditions of military training, discipline and education, Carson Long has continued for 175 years and will continue to develop young men of character. By adapting and changing when necessary, Carson Long has maintained the excellence of education it was founded on in 1836.”
Since its roots as a direct descendant of the New Bloomfield Academy founded in 1836, Carson Long Military Academy has molded the lives of thousands of cadets. In 1914, Theodore K. Long, a Chicago attorney and native of Millerstown, Pennsylvania, bought the school as a memorial to his son, William Carson Long, who had died at an early age. Under a new name and Long’s guidance the school continued to grow, and in 1919 became a full-fledged military school with an all-male student body.
In the decades that followed, Carson Long has grown and thrived. It has been accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools (MSA) since 1929. CLMA is a member of the Association of Military Schools and Colleges of the United States (AMSCUS), the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS), The Association of Boarding Schools (TABS), and the Pennsylvania Association of Independent Schools (PAIS).
“Being a part of this historical institution that has been around for 175 years and affected so many lives is unbelievable,”
“Parents tell me how Carson Long was the right choice and how they would easily send their son here again,” Brown continued. “We have had the opportunity to develop young men from all areas and countries. When you see them come back and walk the campus, return to their old room, or just sit on the steps and look out, you see the young boy they were reflected in the face of the man they have become. We, Carson Long, played an important part in that development. Any school can do academics and technology, but few schools can or do academics/technology and character based leadership development -- Carson Long can do exactly that.”
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