Winston Academy
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Winston Academy

Winston Academy is a private college preparatory school in Louisville, Mississippi. It was founded in 1969 as a segregation academy.[1][2]


When the Federal government enforced school integration, many white parents sought ways to keep their children from attending integrated schools. Winston Academy was founded in 1969 to provide white children a segregated education.

In 1969, the Louisville-Winston Educational Foundation voted to establish the school after receiving a report on the "public school situation facing our country".[3] Foundation president David Richardson told a crowd of 300 citizens gathered at the county courthouse that "The only choice open to parents who want their children to continue to receive a high caliber education is to support a private school system in Winston County."[3]

In the fall of 1970, the school stopped holding classes in local churches and moved into its permanent campus.[4]


Although the school posts a non-discrimination policy on their website,[5] as of 2012, the student population was over 99% white.[6]


Winston Academy competes under the nickname Patriots within the Mississippi Association of Independent Schools.[7]

6 Time MAIS Football State Champions (4 in a row from 97-00) 2 Time MAIS Basketball State Champions.

Notable alumni


  1. ^ Spencer, Mack (17 May 2004). "Public domain, private options". Retrieved 2017.Web Archive
  2. ^ Bolton, Charles C. (2005). The Hardest Deal of All. Jackson: University Press of Mississippi. ISBN 9781578067176.
  3. ^ a b "300 Attend Foundation Meet Friday". The Winston County Journal. June 12, 1969. p. 1.
  4. ^ "Winston County's Progress". The Winston County Journal. April 15, 1971. p. 16.
  5. ^ "About Us". Retrieved 2017.
  6. ^ "Students". Retrieved 2017.
  7. ^ ""Mississippi Association of Independent Schools". Retrieved 2017.

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