Worcester Academy Founders Day, Feb. 28, is the “birthday” of the Academy. It was on that date in 1834 that then-Massachusetts Governor John Davis and members of the legislature approved the founding of Worcester Academy. At the time of its establishment, the Academy was known as the Worcester County Manual Labor High School—“a school for the education of youth in languages, arts and sciences; for promoting habits of industry and economy; and for inculcating the principles of piety and virtue.”
Isaac Davis—a Worcester man and the governor’s nephew—went on to become president of the board and the rest is history. Three locations, one name-change, and 184 years later, Worcester Academy is still thriving in the city Worcester. ________________________________________________
Won’t you be a part of the Hervey S. Ross ’46 Challenge—a $25,000 Challenge for Founders Day asking that 184 gifts be made in honor of 184 years of excellence and tradition since WA’s founding. Without you, we cannot honor the commitment, loyalty, and love for WA and its students that all those who came before us had for Worcester Academy.
Show your support now by making a gift at WorcesterAcademy.org/GiveNow. Designate “Founders Day” in the notes and we’ll ring the Founding Bell in your honor on February 28!