Established in northwest Portland, Oregon, in 1901 as a private military school for young boys, Hill Military Academy built a solid reputation for developing the mind, body, and morals of its students for nearly 60 years. Joseph W. Hill, long-time headmaster of the Bishop Scott Academy (earlier the Bishop Scott Grammar School), founded the military school and served as its first headmaster until his retirement in the early 1920s. Under Hill's leadership the school grew in both size and prestige. After retiring, Hill's sons, Joseph A. Hill and Benjamin W. Hill continued the operation of the military academy and in 1929 moved the school to a larger facility in the Rocky Butte area of Portland, where it remained until its closure in 1959.
Records include: correspondence and other files (1911-1932) regarding Hill Military Academy students and finances; list of students (n.d.) arranged by hometown; student's autograph album from the Bishop Scott Grammar School (1881) signed by classmates; scrapbook of Joseph W. Hill; blueprint (n.d.) of second and third floor of Hill Military Academy; and reproductions of drawings of the building. Also includes one bound index of students at Bishop Scott Academy (1899), including names and hometowns. The collection contains materials formerly designated as Mss 81-1.
Restrictions on Access :
The collection is open to the public.Restrictions on Use :
The Oregon Historical Society is the owner of the materials in the Research Library and makes available reproductions for research, publication, and other uses. Written permission must be obtained from the Research Library prior to any use of reproductions. The Society does not necessarily hold copyright to all of the materials in the collections. In some cases, permission for use of reproductions may require seeking additional authorization from the copyright owners.Preferred Citation :
Hill Military Academy Records, Mss 81, Oregon Historical Society Research Library
The collection is arranged in one series.
Acquisition Information :
Gift of Mrs. Benjamin Wood Hill, 1982 Jan., Library Accession 15763. Autograph book gift of Mrs. Ivan W. Clark, 1979 June 7, Library Accession 14815.Related Materials :
Additional records of the Hill Military Academy and papers of Joseph W. Hill available as Mss 827, Oregon Historical Society Research Library.
Photographs relating to the Hill Military Academy can be found in the Photograph Collection of the Oregon Historical Society.
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