Fork Union Military Academy
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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.
|Fork Union Military Academy|
Cadets march into formation for the annual Mothers Day Parade at Fork Union Military Academy
4744 James Madison Highway
Military high school
|Motto||Body, Mind, and Spirit|
|Founder||Dr. William E. Hatcher|
|President||Col. David L. Coggins, USMC (Ret.)|
|Dean||COL Mike Goad, FUMA|
|Chaplain||LTC James Benson, FUMA|
1 year post-graduate program
|Campus size||1,000 acres (400 ha)|
|Color(s)||Blue & red|
|Accreditation||Virginia Association of Independent Schools|
|Newspaper||Front & Center|
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.
- 1 History
- 2 Academics
- 3 Campus
- 4 Athletics
- 5 Student organizations
- 6 Notable alumni
- 7 References
- 8 External links
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
- 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
- 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.
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."
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.
There are many different clubs and organizations that cadets can participate in while attending Fork Union. 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.
- Ike Franklin Andrews – Former U.S. Congressman from North Carolina
- Tim Holden – Former U.S. Congressman from Pennsylvania
- Harold Roe Bartle – Former Kansas City mayor, namesake of the Kansas City Chiefs and Alpha Phi Omega co-founder
- Robert Bloxom – Former Secretary of Agriculture and Forestry for the Commonwealth of Virginia
- Stanley C. Walker – Former president pro tempore of the Senate of Virginia
- Bo Gritz – Former Army Special Forces officer, Vietnam War POW/MIA activist and third-party presidential candidate in 1992
- Earle Davis Gregory – First Virginian to receive the Medal of Honor and called the "Sergeant York" of Virginia
- Samuel G. Fuqua - Retired U.S. Navy Rear Admiral, taught at Fork Union. He was the highest-ranking officer to survive the USS Arizona on December 7, 1941. For his actions, he was awarded the Medal of Honor
- John T. Chain, Jr. – Retired U.S. Air Force General, former Commander in Chief of Strategic Air Command
- George D. Miller — Retired U.S. Air Force Lieutenant General, former Vice Commander in Chief of Strategic Air Command. Following retirement he was the secretary-general of the United States Olympic Committee
- Robert H. Scales – Retired U.S. Army Major General, former Commandant of the U.S. Army War College
- William Knox Martin – Boeing's first test pilot and Chief Instructor, Officer in the U.S. Marine Corps Aviation Section during WW1, first man to fly over the Andes, posthumously inducted into the Virginia Aviation Hall of Fame in 2005
- Jeff Jones – CEO and President of H&R Block, formerly held executive posts with Target Corporation, Uber, and Gap Inc.
- Thomas Henry Davis – Founder and former Chairman of Piedmont Aviation, now known as US Airways
- Dan Panoz – Founder of Panoz Auto Development Company and Panoz Motor Sports
- Kevin Plank – CEO and Founder of Under Armour
- Jerry Richardson – Founder of the Carolina Panthers
- Ryan Wood, co-founder of the Under Armour company
- Edward H. Jennings – President of The Ohio State University from 1981 to 1990
- Aubrey H. Camden – President of Hargrave Military Academy from 1918 to 1951
- Joseph Hathaway Cosby – President of Hargrave Military Academy from 1951 to 1970
Literature, television and artsEdit
- Billy Campbell, actor 
- Lloyd Dobyns, former NBC reporter and correspondent
- David Huddleston, actor
Track and FieldEdit
- Ibrahim Mohamed Aden, runner
- Ali Khalafalla, 2016 Olympics Egypt
- Kevin Laue – First Division I basketball player with one hand; played on a scholarship for Manhattan College
- Dan Ruland – Former professional basketball player
- Donald Sims – Professional basketball player
- Khyri Thomas - Drafted 38th overall in the 2018 NBA draft, currently with the Detroit Pistons.
- Melvin Turpin – 1st round pick (6th overall) 1984 NBA draft. Center.
- Shammond Williams – Drafted 34th overall in the 1998 NBA Draft and played nearly a decade in the NBA.  On several Top 10 stats lists as a college player at UNC.
- Mike Young – Head coach at Virginia Tech
National Football LeagueEdit
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At least 117 players from Fork Union Military Academy have been drafted or signed by NFL teams. 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.
The list includes:
- Danny Aiken - Signed as an undrafted free agent in 2011. Long Snapper. Super Bowl XLIX Champion.
- Maurice Anderson - Signed as an undrafted free agent in 2000. Defensive Tackle. Super Bowl XXXVI Champion.
- Plaxico Burress - 1st round pick in the 2000 NFL Draft. Super Bowl XLII Champion. Wide Receiver.
- Dexter Coakley - College Football Hall of Fame Inductee in 2011. 3rd round pick in the 1997 NFL Draft. Three-time Pro Bowl. Linebacker.
- Ernest Dixon - Undrafted free agent. Signed with New Orleans in 1994. Played six seasons in the NFL. Linebacker.
- Rickey Dudley - 1st round pick in the 1996 NFL Draft. Played nine years in the NFL. Tight End. Super Bowl XXXVII Champion.
- Will Furrer - College Hall of Fame Scholar Athlete. 4th round pick in the 1992 NFL Draft. Quarterback.
- Eddie George - Winner of the 1995 Heisman Trophy. College Football Hall of Fame Inductee in 2011. Super Bowl XXXIV. 4x All-Pro running back. 1st round pick of the 1996 NFL Draft. Played nine years in the NFL.
- DeMingo Graham - Undrafted free agent. Signed by the San Diego Chargers in 1999. Offensive Lineman. Played six years.
- Robert Jones - 1st round pick in the 1992 NFL Draft. 1992 NFC Rookie of the Year. 3x Super Bowl Champion. Linebacker.
- Dave Kadela - Undrafted free agent. Signed by the Atlanta Falcons in 2001. Played five seasons in the NFL.
- Brian Kozlowski - Undrafted free agent. Signed by the New York Giants in 1993. Played in the Super Bowl XXXIII. Tight End.
- Brandon London - Undrafted free agent. Signed by the New York Giants in 2007. Wide Receiver. Super Bowl XLII Champion.
- Don Majkowski - 10th round pick by the Green Bay Packers in the 1987 NFL Draft. Played in 1989 Pro Bowl. Quarterback.
- Jimmy Martin - 7th round pick by the San Diego Chargers in the 2006 NFL Draft. Offensive Lineman.
- Steve Meilinger - College Football Hall of Fame Inductee in 2013. 1st round pick in the 1954 NFL Draft. Defensive End.
- Tom Miller - Played four season in the NFL (1943-46). A member of the Steagles in '43. Defensive End.
- Don Oakes - 3rd round pick by the Philadelphia Eagles in the 1961 NFL Draft. Offensive Tackle. 1967 Pro Bowl.
- Roman Oben - 3rd round pick in the 1996 NFL Draft. Super Bowl XXXVII Champion. Offensive Tackle.
- Austin Pasztor - 1st round pick in the CFL in 2012. Later signed as an undrafted free agent in the NFL. Offensive Tackle.
- 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.
- Chris Perry - Finalist (4th in voting) for 2003 Heisman Trophy. 1st round pick in the 2004 NFL Draft. Played five seasons. Running back.
- Vinny Testaverde - College Football Hall of Fame Inductee in 2013. Winner of the 1986 Heisman Trophy. First overall pick in the 1st round of the 1987 NFL Draft. 2x Pro Bowl. 21 seasons in the NFL.
- Art Thomas - Undrafted free agent. Signed by the New York Jets in 2004. Corner back. Played four seasons.
- Lee Williamson - Undrafted free agent. Signed by the Houston Oilers in 1993. Quarterback. Played four seasons.
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- WRIC - New Jersey eighth grader wins scholarship at historic Fork Union Military Academy
- Study International - Top Military Academies in the US
- Niche - Fork Union Military Academy Rankings
- Niche - Best Boarding Schools in Virginia
- Military Schools of the USA - Fork Union Military Academy
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