Minnehaha Academy Centennial

Minnehaha Academy is turning 100!

Celebrate the school's Centennial with a brief journey through the years.

1913-07-01 03:55:02

T. W. Anderson Accepts Call to the Presidency

Reverend Theodore W. Anderson accepted the call to become Minnehaha Academy's first president in July, 1913.

1913-09-15 00:00:00

Minnehaha Academy Opens

Minnehaha Academy opened on the banks of the Mississippi River on September 15, 1913.

1914-02-23 00:00:00

Helping Hands Society Formed

The Helping Hands Society was formed to take up the work of collecting money for the school, previously handled by the Corps of Collectors.

1916-04-01 00:00:00

Thousand Tens Campaign

The Thousand Tens Campaign was completed in 1916.

1917-04-25 00:00:00

Student Composes School Song

Rev. Daniel Bloomdahl graduated from Minnehaha Academy in 1917. Bloomdahl wrote the lyrics to the school song. Joseph E. Burns, head of the Music department, composed the music. The song was submitted to the U. S. copyright office and officially published April 25, 1917.

1920-10-01 00:00:00

Quiver Launched

The first issue of the student-produced Quiver newspaper was released in October, 1920.

1921-05-01 16:07:34

Antler Yearbook Released

The first production of the Antler yearbook was released.

1921-06-01 00:00:00

Auditorium Expansion

The school launched its third building campaign in 1921, raising $100,000—the largest amount ever raised in the Covenant denomination at the time.

1921-10-03 16:07:34

Bible Institute Opens

Minnehaha Academy opened a Bible Institute as a new department on October 3, 1921.

1927-10-12 16:07:34

Minnehaha Joins the National Forensic League

The Minnehaha chapter of the National Forensic League was established on October 12, 1927.

1934-03-27 20:10:21

Minnehaha Singers Founded

On March 27, 1934, the Minnehaha Singers, led by Robert Pearson, made their debut over station WDGY.

1938-09-01 00:00:00

Rev. E. O. Franklin Becomes Second President

Reverend Emanuel O. Franklin, younger brother of Nathaniel Franklin, became the second president of Minnehaha Academy in 1938.

1938-09-01 01:32:21

Football A New School Sport

Six-man football was inaugurated as a new school sport in 1938.

1943-09-01 00:00:00

Rev. Clarence A. Nelson Becomes Third President

Reverend Clarence a Nelson became Minnehaha Academy's third president in 1943.

1944-09-01 00:00:00

Girls' Athletic Association Formed

The Girls' Athletic Association was formed to allow more opportunities for girls to take part in school sports.

1946-05-17 01:34:14

Northwest-Minnehaha Advance Campaign

The Northwest-Minnehaha Advance Campaign was launched in 1946 under the leadership of Clarence A. Nelson.

1948-09-01 01:34:14

Industrial Arts Added

Industrial arts was added to the curriculum in 1948.

1950-09-01 23:32:36

Rev. Arthur Anderson Becomes Fourth President

Reverend Arthur W. Anderson became Minnehaha Academy's fourth president in 1950.

1952-09-01 23:48:38

Drama Allowed for First Time

Drama was not allowed at Minnehaha Academy until 1952.

1956-11-06 17:42:31

Lettermens Club Formed

The Lettermens Club held its first meeting.

1960-09-01 00:00:00

Rev. Wilbur M. Westerdahl Becomes Fifth President

Reverend Wilbur M. Westerdahl became Minnehaha Academy's fifth president in 1960.

1961-04-10 18:36:40

Soccer A New School Sport

Minnehaha Academy produced one of the first high school soccer teams ever in the state of Minnesota in 1961.

1962-06-01 18:36:40

Band Plays at World's Fair

Lelia Foote's band was invited by the Minneapolis Aquatennial Queen to represent Minnesota and Minneapolis at the World's Fair in Seattle.

1962-09-14 03:16:08

Lingua Trainer Language Laboratory

The Lingua Trainer Language Laboratory was installed at Minnehaha in 1962.

1967-09-01 03:16:08

Minnehaha Academy Enters the Computer Age

Minnehaha received its first computer in 1967.

1971-10-31 00:00:00

New Learning Center Dedicated

Minnehaha's new learning center and library were dedicated on October 31, 1971.

1972-09-01 19:38:17

Junior High Added

A junior-high program was added, expanding Minnehaha Academy's programming to 7th and 8th grades.

1973-09-01 02:28:58

Minnehaha Academy has Spirit

The annual student art and literary publication, Spirit, was launched.

1973-10-01 02:28:58

MA Joins Tri-Metro Conference

Minnehaha Academy joined a new league of seven schools to compete in its sports programs.

1974-11-01 00:00:00

First Tri-Metro Championship

The Girls’ Basketball team coached by Mary Carlson won the school’s first Tri-Metro championship in 1974-75.

1976-09-01 00:00:00

Fine-Arts Addition

The school's fifth major building program was launched for a fine-arts addition.

1977-09-01 02:28:58

Girls' Soccer A New School Sport

Guido Kauls organized and coached the first girls' soccer team at Minnehaha Academy in 1977.

1977-09-08 23:40:24

Rev. Craig Nelson Becomes Sixth President

Reverend Craig W. Nelson became Minnehaha Academy's sixth president in 1977.

1980-05-01 00:00:00

An Apple Left on Minnehaha's Desk

Minnehaha received a microcomputer for instructional use—an Apple II.

1980-06-30 15:50:19

Minnehaha Academy Gains A Second Campus

June 30, 1980 marked the closing date of Minnehaha's purchase of Breck's old campus.

1986-09-01 05:22:14

First State Championship

The Boys’ Varsity Tennis team became Minnehaha Academy’s first state champion team in 1986.

1986-09-01 06:23:00

Birds of a Minnehaha

The “Birds of America” was donated to Minnehaha Academy's library.

1987-11-01 19:27:20

Renaissance MA

The school hosted its first Madrigal Dinner.

1990-03-01 00:00:00

Dance on Campus

Dancing at school-sponsored functions was allowed by the school board for the first time in the school's history.

1990-03-13 11:05:02

MA Gets a New Mascot

Minnehaha Academy's mascot was changed from the Indians to the Redhawks.

1992-10-02 11:05:02

Quiver Becomes Talon

The student newspaper, Quiver, became the Talon following the change of Minnehaha Academy's mascot.

1994-09-01 00:00:00

Dr. John Engstrom Becomes Seventh President

Dr. John B. Engstrom became Minnehaha Academy's seventh president in 1994.

1996-09-01 00:00:00

Bloomington Campus Opens

Minnehaha Academy opened its first satellite campus in Bloomington in 1996.

1998-10-01 00:00:00

Perfect Champions

The Girls' Soccer Team became Tri-Metro Conference and class double A state champion.

1999-05-14 00:00:00

Students Produce Film

The student-produced film, How We Got Here, premiered at the Riverview Theater on May 14, 1999.

2001-09-01 00:00:00

Campaigns Renovate Both Campuses

Both the North and South Campuses received major renovations in the first decade of the 2000s.

2003-03-01 00:00:00

Lacrosse A New School Sport

Girls' lacrosse began its first season as an official MSHSL sport at the school in 2003.

2009-07-22 00:00:00

Dr. Donna Harris Becomes Eighth President

Dr. Donna Harris became Minnehaha Academy's eighth president in 2009.

2010-03-20 00:00:00

Basketball Champions

The Girls’ Basketball team won the class AA state championship for the first time in the school’s history in 2010.

2013-09-15 15:52:35

Minnehaha Academy Turns 100

Minnehaha Academy celebrates its Centennial in 2012-2013.

Minnehaha Academy Centennial

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