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Howe Military Academy is a private, co-educational, and college preparatory boarding school located on a 100-acre (0.40 km2) campus in Northeast Indiana. The school enrolls students in grades 7-12.[citation needed]

Howe Military Academy
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Howe, IN
Type Private, Boarding, JROTC
Religious affiliation(s) Christian
Established 1884
Head of School Dr. James H Benson
Faculty 16
Enrollment 60
Campus 100 acres (0.40 km2)
Mascot Cadets

Founded in the fall of 1884 Howe Grammar School, [1] later renamed Howe Military Academy, was established as a preparatory school for young men who were seeking ordination to the priesthood of the Episcopal Church.[1] The school's formation was largely the result of a bequest of John Badlam Howe, who died in 1883. His widow, Frances Marie Glidden Howe, and James Blake Howe, along with the Right Reverend David B. Knickerbacker third bishop of Indiana, and Dr. Charles Spaulding, the first rector at Howe, took the $10,000 bequest left by John Howe and increased it to $50,000 to establish Howe Grammar School for boys.[1] The school opened in the former home of Mr. and Mrs. Howe, built in 1844, with two boys.[1] The school became a military school in 1895,[1] and fully co-educational in 1988,[1] with Company A (Alpha) being the all-female company consisting of day students and those that live on campus full-time.[citation needed]

As of September 2008, Howe was one of 28 military schools in the United States, down from a high of 125 such schools.[1] In 2014 Howe auctioned off the property that contained its summer camp in order to focus resources on continuing winter school operations.[2][citation needed]

For many years, the Howe house has been the home of the chaplain who serves Howe Military Academy. This was the house in which John B. Howe drafted the 1851 Constitution of the State of Indiana.[citation needed] From 1986 until 2000 the Rev. Fr. Philip Morgan served as school chaplain, and later as a member of the Board of Trustees. St. James Memorial Chapel is on the National Register of Historic Places.

In 2017, the Episcopal Diocese of Northern Indiana ended its affiliation with Howe Military Academy. The school, which was founded under the direction of the Episcopal Church, had been linked with it for 132 years.[3][citation needed]

Old postcard of the school


Howe Military does not compete in a conference structure. Preferring to stay independent, Howe competes regionally against parochial, private and public schools. Currently Howe fields men's tennis, soccer, basketball, wrestling, baseball, lacrosse, drill, and track. For women soccer, volleyball, and tennis are available. Also Howe has a perennially nationally ranked rifle team that is available to both men and women.[citation needed]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g Currier, Rosalie, (23 September 2008). "Positive attention". Sturgis Journal. Archived from the original on 16 July 2011. Retrieved 5 January 2010. 
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  3. ^ "EDNIN Ends Relationship with Howe Military Academy". Episcopal Diocese of Northern Indiana. Retrieved 2018-01-25. 

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