Carson Long Military Academy is a direct descendant of Bloomfield Academy which was founded in 1836. It was started by Robert Finley in New Bloomfield, Pennsylvania as a Latin Grammar school with only six students.
In 1840 the school was moved two blocks up the hill to its present location. The first building of the original school was built in the same year and is still in use as a reception hall and a museum. In 1842 the trustees decided to make the Academy a coeducational boarding school.
For a short period of time in the early 1850's, the school was purchased and operated by the Perry County Commissioners. During the second half of the 1800's, the Latin Grammar academy added a Normal School, which was a training school for teachers.
In 1914 the school was purchased by Theodore K. Long, who graduated from Bloomfield Academy and Yale, and who became a prominent Chicago lawyer and city councilman. In 1916 he renamed the school Carson Long Institute as a living memorial to his son, William Carson Long, who died at an early age.
Carson Long: Oldest Boarding School with Military Training Carson Long Military Academy, featuring grades 6-12, is the oldest boarding school in the United States that has military training. It has been a nonprofit corporation since 1920 and is governed by a 15-member Board of Trustees.
Carson Long has been accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools since 1929. It is a member of the Association of Military Colleges and Schools of the United States, the National Association of Independent Schools and the Pennsylvania Association of Independent Schools.
CLMA's MissionTo inspire young men to strive for academic excellence, build strong character, and reach their highest potential as future responsible citizens and ethical leaders in a global community.
Founding PrincipleTo build and graduate young men with sound bodies, high faith, stout hearts, sound character and alert minds, with deep love for all mankind and high loyalty to the flag and to the country; well grounded in all those qualities which make for good leaders in time of war and great citizens in time of peace. And high in the resolve to be ashamed to die until millions yet unborn will find a better world because Carson Long boys lived.
Goals of a Graduate
Graduates of Carson Long are confident leaders committed to continual growth and development, are resilient in their ability to act rationally and decisively under pressure, self disciplined, and understand their opportunities in life to succeed. Academy systems and programs have been structured to contribute to instilling these characteristics in each graduate.