Anonymous donor gives millions to keep military school open

Howe Military Academy
Howe Military Academy

HOWE, Ind. (WANE)  A northern Indiana military school facing closure after operating a loss for several years will remain open.

On Monday, the school’s board unanimously voted to keep Howe Military Academy open after an anonymous donor gave the school the $2 million it needed in order to stay open. The donor is from Ohio and is a 1939 alumnus of the school.

From the release on the school’s website:

“[T]he projected enrollment and re-enrollment figures justified the school’s continuing operation. A purposed plan which provided financial and administrative reforms coupled with a generous donation by an alumnus was another crucial factor in deciding to keep the historic school open.

“Col. George Douglass, Howe Military Academy’s acting Superintendent, noted that the school’s faculty, staff, parents, guardians, and students can now proceed with their plans for the coming academic year free form uncertainty about the Academy’s future.”

There are currently 76 students enrolled at the military school, including 16 who graduated on Saturday. Douglass said the school expects to add 40 more students in the 2014-2015 school year.

The school was founded in 1884 as a preparatory school for men seeking ordination in the Episcopal Church. It became a military school in 1895.

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