I believe in Honesty and Truthfulness without which I cannot win the respect and confidence of my fellow men.
—Castle Heights viewbook
Founded by L.W.P. Buchanan in 1902, along with David Mitchell, A.W. Hooker and Laban Rice. The school began with more than 100 students and expanded rapidly, both in facilities and in enrollment.
Originally the academy was a non-military school, but the entrance of the United States into World War I prompted a conversion, and the school no longer accepted female students. By 1954, Castle Heights Military Academy had nearly 500 students and occupied more than 150 acres. The school included a Junior School and a hospital, and also conducted a boys’ summer camp.
In the 1970s, female students were permitted to attend, but low enrollment, due in part to the Vietnam War’s lasting effects, along with the high costs of operating a boarding school forced the school to close in 1986. A restaurant and offices for Cracker Barrel now occupy some of the school buildings.