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Academy of Richmond County
The front entrance to current high school building built in 1926
910 Russell Street
Augusta, Georgia, 30904
United States
Type Public
Established 1783; 239 years ago (1783)
School board 1st District
School district Richmond County School System
Grades 9–12
Enrollment 1,175 (2018–19)
Student to teacher ratio 16.55
Campus type urban
School color(s) Purple and gold
Mascot Musketeer
Feeder schools All Richmond county public schools
Academy of Richmond County-1926 Campus
Built 1926
Architect Philander P. Scoggs, Whitley L. Ewing
Architectural style Collegiate Gothic
NRHP reference No. 03001491
Added to NRHP January 28, 2004
Old Academy of Richmond County
Old Academy of Richmond County, Augusta, GA, US.jpg
One of the previous Academy buildings built in 1857
Location 540 Telfair St.
Area less than one acre
Built 1857
Architect William Henry Goodrich
Architectural style Gothic Revival
NRHP reference No. 73000639
Added to NRHP April 11, 1973

The Academy of Richmond County is a high school located in Augusta, Georgia, United States. Known previously as Richmond County Military Academy, it is commonly known as Richmond Academy or ARC.

Chartered in 1783, it is listed as the fifth oldest existing public high school in the United States, and the oldest existing public high school in the Southern United States.

Richmond Academy is located at the edge of the Summerville historic district of Augusta.


Initially an all-male private school, as were most of the high schools in the 1700s, after the Civil War it was adapted as a military school. During the last half of the 20th century, Richmond Academy transitioned into a co-educational, traditional public high school. It has maintained a strong military Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps that is available, but not mandatory, for participation by students. Both the 1857, and the present 1926, Richmond Academy buildings are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

President George Washington delivered the commencement address at the graduation ceremonies at ARC in 1791.

In 1926, the academy moved to its present-day building on Walton Way. Principal Major George Butler described the school in 1927 as "second to none in the South in terms of facility." The 1926 building was designed in Gothic-style architecture.

Up until the 1950s, ARC was for white males only. The 1951–1957 Richmond Academy boys' baseball team was ranked as one of the top 10 Georgia state sports dynasties. It has teams in many sports.

During the 1950s the school became coeducational, admitting female students. In 1964, the school began to admit minorities and became desegregated.

Contemporary Richmond Academy


The Academy of Richmond County has 1,178 students in grades 9 through 12, with a student to faculty ratio of 16:1. It offers numerous Advanced Placement courses, has a GATE (gifted and talented education) program, and an International Baccalaureate Programme course of study that was added to the school in July 2003. It is for its highly motivated, college preparatory students. ARC is one of three schools in the Central Savannah River Area that offers an IB program.

The Mathematics Team won the 2005 National Society of Black Engineers Try-Math-A-Thon, which was held in Boston.


The school mascot is a Musketeer, and the school colors are purple and gold. The original school mascot was a bearcat.

Notable alumni

Name Class year Notability
Doug Barnard, Jr. n.d. Democratic member of the United States House of Representatives
Dudley Hollingsworth Bowen Jr. n.d. United States federal judge
Lloyd D. Brown n.d. United States Army Major General
Hervey M. Cleckley n.d. Psychiatrist; professor, author, and pioneer in the psychopathy field
Aquilla J. Dyess n.d. Medal of Honor recipient in World War II
Jack Fisher n.d. Professional baseball player (Baltimore Orioles, San Francisco Giants, New York Mets, Chicago White Sox, Cincinnati Reds)
William Henry Fleming n.d. Lawyer and politician, Member of the United States House of Representatives
William Dudley Geer n.d. First Dean of the School of Business at Samford University
Phil Gingrey n.d. Obstetrician and a Republican member of the United States House of Representatives
Isaac S. Hopkins n.d. First president of the Georgia Institute of Technology
Frank M. Hull n.d. Lawyer and U.S. Court of Appeals judge
Susan Still Kilrain n.d. NASA astronaut
John Pendleton King n.d. United States Senator
Joseph R. Lamar n.d. United States Supreme Court Justice
James Longstreet n.d. Confederate general of the American Civil War; post-war he commanded a force including African-American militia troops against a white supremacist paramilitary organization
Ray Mercer n.d. WBO world heavyweight champion
Dan Miller n.d. Journalist, television personality, featured nationally on CBS's The Pat Sajak Show and the Nashville Network
Steve Morse n.d. Guitarist
David M. Potter n.d. Pulitzer Prize-winning history professor, holding professorships including at Stanford University, Yale University, and Oxford University
Carl Sanders n.d. Governor of Georgia and lawyer; named partner of Troutman Sanders, an international law firm
Andy West n.d. Bassist
Ken Whisenhunt n.d. NFL head coach and player of Tennessee Titans
Jim Whitehead n.d. Republican politician
Judy Woodruff 1964 Television news anchor, journalist, and writer; has worked at CNN, NBC News, and PBS; board member of the International Women's Media Foundation; member of the Council on Foreign Relations
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