Wentworth Military Academy & College was founded in 1880 initially as Hobson’s Select School for Boys. A year later, the school became Wentworth Male Academy when the school’s benefactor, Stephen G. Wentworth, purchased the school and re-named it in memory of his recently deceased son, William. Its purpose was to prepare its graduates for college and professional life. That mission remains unchanged after 125 years and now applies to young women as well as men.
The evolution to a military school was gradual and prompted by the students themselves, who began to conduct drill and maneuvers with broomsticks as an extracurricular activity. The school’s leaders saw in their efforts good outcomes, such as improved discipline and fitness, and formalized military regimen into the overall boarding program. In the catalog for the 1884-1885 school year, they articulated the reasons for making the Academy a military school; foremost among them was this:
Students Learn More With Military Training Than Without It.
This core belief and the Academy’s mission of preparing young people for admission to the nations best colleges and universities remain central to Wentworth’s academic and boarding program today.
The Wentworth Song
Wentworth, Wentworth, Bless Your Heart,
Wentworth That We Love So Well,
We’ll Always Be True And We’ll Stand By You,
Wentworth That We Love So Well.