Our History

The Story of Blue Mountain Academy

Ground breaking for our first building was held on April 14, 1954. The succeeding eighteen months of construction enabled the school to open its doors to the first students in September 1955. The original buildings included the cafeteria, a single wing of the girls’ residence (Ellis Hall), and a double wing of the boys’ residence (Unruh Hall).

Additional land was purchased in 1958, for a total of 725 acres. The present administration building (Edison Hall) was completed in the fall of 1961, the second wing of Ellis Hall in the summer of 1965, the gymnasium (M.W. Schultz Gymnasium) in the summer of 1967, the airfield and dairy complex in 1970, and the tennis courts in 1971.

Construction commenced on the career education building in 1976. The auto body and auto mechanics sections were occupied in 1977, and the graphic arts section in 1979. In 1983 the chapel in Edison Hall was renovated and turned into a sanctuary. Also in 1983, the Adventist Book Center opened its doors. In 1992, the campus industry became operational, and in 1999 an outdoor pavilion was built near the tennis courts. The Blue Mountain Academy Church finished its Sabbath school addition on the North side of the church in May 2006.

The Story of Blue Mountain Academy is truly an adventure in faith—faith that God does what He promises to do for those who believe in His name. Experience the timeline of our school’s founding below.

The Founding of Blue Mountain Academy

The Ground-breaking Ceremony

E. E. Cossentine of the General Conference giving the address at the ground-breaking ceremony in April, 1954. Blue Mountain Academy opened its doors in September of 1955.

The Cafeteria is Built

The master campus plan included two dormitories, an administration building, a cafeteria, gymnasium, church, and industrial buildings. It was decided to build three units first in order to get the school going as soon as possible.

The First Classrooms

First students at Blue Mountain Academy getting a taste of pioneering as they attend classes held in unfinished, unheated buildings.

First Year Band Practice

Students were able to be involved in music classes, such as band and choir, even though some of the construction was still continuing on the classrooms.

Cooking in the Cafeteria

Students were able to earn part of their expenses through the school year by employment in the kitchen, dairy, farm, maintenance, library, and other departments.

First BMA Graduation

The first BMA students to receive diplomas, Jacqueline Rowand and Robert Albright of the class of 1956, being congratulated by J. Lee Bauslter, former owner of the land on which the school is being built. Looking on are Russell R. Adams, principal, and T. Edgar Unruh, board chairman and local conference president.