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Fork Union Military Academy (abbreviated as FUMA) is a private, all-male, college preparatory military boarding school located in Fork Union, Virginia. Founded in 1898, Fork Union is considered one of the premier military boarding academies in the United States.[2][3][4][5][6][7]

Fork Union Military Academy
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Cadets march into formation for the annual Mothers Day Parade at Fork Union Military Academy
Fork Union Military Academy is located in Virginia
Fork Union Military Academy
Fork Union Military Academy
4744 James Madison Highway

Coordinates37°45′40.7″N 78°15′37.6″W / 37.761306°N 78.260444°W / 37.761306; -78.260444
TypeMilitary schools
Military academy
College preparatory
Boarding school
Private school
Military high school
MottoBody, Mind, and Spirit
FounderDr. William E. Hatcher
PresidentCol. David L. Coggins, USMC (Ret.)
DeanCOL Mike Goad, FUMA
ChaplainLTC James Benson, FUMA
Teaching staff175
1 year post-graduate program
Campus size1,000 acres (400 ha)[1]
Color(s)          Blue & red
MascotBlue Devils
AccreditationVirginia Association of Independent Schools
NewspaperFront & Center
YearbookThe Skirmisher

Fork Union is a member of the Association of Military Colleges and Schools of the United States and the National Association of Independent Schools, and is affiliated with the Baptist General Association of Virginia. FUMA's curriculum extends from the 7th to 12th grade and also hosts a one-year postgraduate program.


The old Fork Union Military Academy's barracks in 1899.

Located on a 1,000-acre (400 ha) campus in the rolling hills of central Virginia's Piedmont region, Fork Union Military Academy was initially founded as Fork Union Academy in October 1898 by Dr. William E. Hatcher, a prominent local Baptist minister. The first class had nineteen students.

In 1902, the academy took on a military structure to provide organization, discipline, and physical development for the boys of what was a rapidly growing school. In 1913, the academy became an all-male institution and changed its name to Fork Union Military Academy. That same year, the academy began receiving support from the Baptist General Association of Virginia, which continues to this day.

Military organization is used to structure the daily routine. While the academy currently has no direct relationship with any branch of the military, the school's system has been in place for more than 100 years.[8]

Some of its buildings are named after benefactors that have helped with upkeep, for example, the Guy E. Beatty Library, the Estes Dining Center, Hatcher Hall, the Wicker Science Center, and Jacobson Hall.

FUMA's crest shows a pair of crossed swords, a book and a star, each representing an aspect of the school motto: body, mind, and spirit.


Hatcher Hall.

The school offers a variety of sports, clubs and organizations for cadet participation during free time in the week and on weekends. Athletics and clubs are a popular diversion from the rigors of cadet life at Fork Union.

Both Standard and Advanced High School Diplomas are offered. Graduating classes have routinely been awarded millions of dollars in scholarships.[9]

One Subject Plan
Fork Union follows a unique curriculum schedule in the upper school (grades 9–12 and postgraduate) known as the One Subject Plan. Cadets at Fork Union take one subject at a time, as opposed to a conventional schedule with six to eight classes per day or a block schedule. They remain with the teacher of that course all day, every day during that period.[10]

Military structureEdit

Fork Union Military Academy provides a structured military environment for its cadets. Military aspects of Fork Union's system include the wearing of uniforms, a military-style organization of personnel, accountability for personal appearance and the state of one's room, ranks, and a chain of command. The rank structure adopted by the Corps of cadets mirrors the US Army's enlisted ranks, with the exclusion of the ranks of PV2 and Specialist. Its officer ranks mirror those of the Army JROTC's rank structure, with the rank of Cadet Colonel rarely being used.

The Upper School consists of cadets from 9th grade through Postgraduate year. The Upper School cadets reside in Jacobson Hall which is home to Alpha, Bravo, Charlie, Delta, and Echo Companies. There is also a drill team company, Retan Rifle (which exists for special events only), that performs in parades across Virginia. Members of the Upper School marching band march in parades on campus and around the state along with Retan Rifles and Fork Union's Bagpipe Corps. Cadet Officers and Non-Commissioned Officers (NCOs) live as a part of each company. Each company is subdivided into three platoons, each with its own NCOs and Officers. Platoons are subdivided into Squads led by Cadet Sergeants. Squad and Platoon leaders are accountable to the higher company leadership and to adult members of the Commandant's Department, or Tactical Officers (TACs), who are assigned to each company to supervise the cadet.[11]


Snead Hall.

FUMA's campus is located on a 1,000-acre (400 ha) campus in the hills of the Virginia's Piedmont region. [12]

  • Hatcher Hall – Administrative offices and liberal arts classrooms
  • Wicker Science Building and Moretz Learning Center – Math and Science classrooms and Fork Union's planetarium
  • Vaughan Hall – Social Center / Student Activities[13]
  • Wicker Chapel
  • Veterans Memorial
  • Guy E. Beatty Library
  • Dorothy Estes Dining Hall
  • Thomas Gymnasium
  • Estes Athletic Complex - an 85,000-square-foot (7,900 m2) athletic center
  • Fork Union Aquatic Center
  • Jacobson Hall – The 90,000-square-foot (8,400 m2), 250 room barracks opened for cadets August 20, 2012 and now houses Alpha, Bravo, Charlie, Echo, and Delta companies, replacing both Snead and Memorial Halls at a cost of approximately $20 million. Ground was broken October 22, 2010.[14]


Fork Union's track & field program is one of the dominant teams in Virginia.

FUMA's athletic program is most famous for its football team, which has produced 117 NFL players, and for its track & field team, ranked as one of the best in Virginia.[15]

There are only two postgraduate athletic programs at Fork Union. The PG football team is led by head coach John Shuman. The PG basketball program was coached by Fletcher Arritt, the subject of a documentary titled "The Passing Game."[16]

The Prep teams fielding players from grades 9–12 include Football, Basketball, Baseball, Lacrosse, Wrestling, Soccer, Cross Country, Track and Field, Orienteering, Shooting Sports, and Swimming and Diving.

The Fork Union Outdoor Track team won its 20th straight VISAA state championship in 2008.

Many athletes have gone on from the academy to compete in collegiate athletic programs, and pursue careers on professional teams. FUMA alumni have included numerous famous athletes, who have played in the NFL, MLB, and in numerous other leagues and sports.

Student organizationsEdit

There are many different clubs and organizations that cadets can participate in while attending Fork Union.[17] Though new clubs are often started annually by new cadets to meet demand, the more permanent list of clubs includes: National Honor Society, Honor Council, International Club, IDEA Club, Scuba, Math club, Speech and Debate, Robotics, Drama Club, Catholic Cadet Association, Chess Club, Band, Pep Band, Bagpipe Corps, Choir, and Woodworking.

Notable alumniEdit

FUMA alumni include over 117 players in the NFL.





Literature, television and artsEdit

Track and FieldEdit



National Football LeagueEdit

At least 117 players from Fork Union Military Academy have been drafted or signed by NFL teams.[25] At least 12 players from Fork Union Military Academy have been selected in the First Round of the NFL Draft since 1954, 7 players have been selected to one or more Pro Bowl appearances, and at least 12 players have been on teams that competed in Super Bowl games.[25]

The list includes:

  • Michael Barber - Undrafted free agent. Signed with Seattle Seahawks in 1995. Played five years.[25]
  • Jim Davis - Undrafted free agent. Defensive End. Signed to the Jacksonville Jaguars in 2005.[25]
  • Josh Davis - Undrafted free agent. Signed by Miami Dolphins in 2005. Wide Receiver.[25]
  • Ernest Dixon - Undrafted free agent. Signed with New Orleans in 1994. Played six seasons in the NFL. Linebacker.[25]
  • DeMingo Graham - Undrafted free agent. Signed by the San Diego Chargers in 1999. Offensive Lineman. Played six years.[25]
  • Jay Hagood - Undrafted free agent. Signed by the New York Jets. Offensive Tackle.[25]
  • Dave Kadela - Undrafted free agent. Signed by the Atlanta Falcons in 2001. Played five seasons in the NFL.[25]
  • Zach Kerr - Undrafted free agent. Signed by Indianapolis Colts in 2014. Defensive End.[25]
  • Tom Miller - Played four season in the NFL (1943-46). A member of the Steagles in '43. Defensive End.[25]
  • Eric Moss - Undrafted free agent. Signed by the Minnesota Vikings in 1997. Offensive Lineman.[25]
  • Austin Pasztor - 1st round pick in the CFL in 2012. Later signed as an undrafted free agent in the NFL. Offensive Tackle.[25]
  • Olsen Pierre - Undrafted free agent. Signed with the Chicago Bears in 2015. Played four seasons with the Arizona Cardinals. Defensive lineman for the New York Giants.[25]
  • Bobby Phillips - Undrafted free agent. Signed by the Minnesota Vikings in 1995. Running Back.[25]
  • C.J. Spillman - Signed as an undrafted free agent in 2009. Strong Safety. Played seven seasons.[25]
  • Art Thomas - Undrafted free agent. Signed by the New York Jets in 2004. Corner back. Played four seasons.[25]
  • Stacy Tutt - Undrafted free agent. Signed with New York Jets in 2006. Full Back.[25]
  • Lee Williamson - Undrafted free agent. Signed by the Houston Oilers in 1993. Quarterback. Played four seasons.[25]


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  2. ^ USA Military Schools - Virginia
  3. ^ WRIC - New Jersey eighth grader wins scholarship at historic Fork Union Military Academy
  4. ^ Study International - Top Military Academies in the US
  5. ^ Niche - Fork Union Military Academy Rankings
  6. ^ Niche - Best Boarding Schools in Virginia
  7. ^ Military Schools of the USA - Fork Union Military Academy
  8. ^ "Our History". Retrieved 2012-07-09.
  9. ^ [1] Archived July 20, 2010, at the Wayback Machine
  10. ^ "One Subject Plan". Retrieved 2012-07-09.
  11. ^ Fork Union Military Academy - Cadet Life
  12. ^ "Our Campus". Retrieved 2012-07-09.
  13. ^ "Vaughan Hall". Retrieved 2013-11-26.
  14. ^ "Construction Underway on New Barracks at FUMA". 2010-10-22. Retrieved 2012-07-09.
  15. ^ "FUMA Track Team State Champions Once Again". 2010-05-16. Retrieved 2012-07-09.
  16. ^ "The Passing Game". The Passing Game. Retrieved 4 April 2019.
  17. ^ "Cadet Life". Retrieved 2012-07-09.
  18. ^ "History Project Discovers Alum William Knox Martin" (PDF). Fork Union Military Academy. March 2007. Retrieved April 4, 2014.
  19. ^ "Boeing's First Test Pilot". Fork Union Military Academy. Retrieved April 4, 2014.
  20. ^ "William Knox Martin". Virginia Aeronautical Historical Society. 2005. Retrieved April 4, 2014.
  21. ^ "Fork Union Photos". Fork Union Photos. Retrieved 4 April 2019.
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  26. ^ a b c d "Inductees The Best of the Best". College Football Hall of Fame.
  27. ^ "2003 Heisman Trophy Voting".

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