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Fishburne Military School
is located in Waynesboro, Virginia
Waynesboro, deriving its name from General Anthony Wayne, is an independent city surrounded by Augusta County in the U.S. state of Virginia. The population was 21,006 in 2010.....
. Founded by James A. Fishburne in 1879, it is one of the oldest military schools in the country. Fishburne still thrives today with a current (2008–09) corps of approximately 170 cadets.
Fishburne is a leading Army JROTC boarding school, having continuously held the honor school distinction for over 90 years. The JROTC staff supports rappelling, Raider Team (military skills other than close order drill), two drill teams: Regulation (Precision) and the Hudgins Rifle Exhibition Drill Team ("trick"), Military & Social Courtesies and the marksmanship team. In addition there are normally annual trips to Virginia Military Institute and Fort Pickett or Fort A.P. Hill to utilize their obstacle courses and other training facilities.
James A. Fishburne, a student and protégé of Robert E. Lee
Robert Edward Lee was a career military officer who is best known for having commanded the Confederate Army of Northern Virginia in the American Civil War....
, opened the coed Waynesboro High School
in 1879. The school became male only in 1881 and a series of name changes followed: Fishburne Home School
in 1882, Fishburne School
in 1883, and finally Fishburne Military School
in 1886, two years after the school adopted a military program. The school is listed on the Junior Reserve Officers' Training Corps
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charter and has continuously been rated an Army JROTC Honor Unit since 1924. In 1951, the Fishburne-Hudgins Educational Foundation, Inc. was formed as a Virginia non-profit and since that time has owned and operated the school.
The 1916 Gothic Revival
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barracks designed by Staunton architect T.J. Collins was added to the National Register of Historic Places on October 4, 1984 (Ref. # #84000058). It is the center of the Fishburne campus and dominates downtown Waynesboro as it sits on a hill overlooking the school's parade and athletic field. The barracks building is constructed in the form of an open three floor rectangle with cadet rooms, some offices, and most classrooms facing the open Quadrangle. Attached to the barracks themselves is a wing containing the chapel above the messhall which is above the soon to be modernized swimming pool.
Attached to the barracks by a breezeway is the administrative/gym building. The most recent occupied campus building, sitting on the southeast corner is Hobby-Hudgins Hall, combining a modern computer center and library with physical education facilities including locker rooms and weight room.
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