The Culver Academies is a college prep school comprised of The Culver Military Academy (CMA), founded in 1894 and The Culver Girls Academy (CGA), founded in 1971.CMA is based on a military system that is designed to teach the principles of leadership, integrity, self-discipline, manners and respect for self, others and authority. The Culver Girls Academy operates under a system of self-government known as a prefect system. Structured with legislative, judicial and executive branches, the CGA system allows each girl the opportunity to lead and progress to higher levels of responsibility.The redbrick buildings on the New Englandesque, 1800-acre campus contain military touches like turrets and parapets and are located on the shore of beautiful Lake Maxinkuckee.
The chapel houses the second largest pipe organ and clarion in the United States. The Vaughn Equestrian Center has the largest indoor riding arena located on an academic campus. The 47,000 square foot library is one of the most modern secondary school libraries in the country, with a shelf capacity for 150,000 volumes, providing the latest in technology.Perhaps the academy’s biggest source of pride, however, is its Black Horse Troop; the largest remaining mounted cavalry unit in the United States. The Troop has ridden in 13 Presidential Inaugural Parades starting with President Woodrow Wilson’s in 1913 through President George W. Bush’s in 2001.
Culver boasts such well-known alumni as Hal Holbrook and Gene Siskel, as well as scores of corporate chieftains such as Yankees owner George Steinbrenner and Tennessee Titans owner Bud Adams. Several Congressmen and Governors also attended the school.