History [by William Shurtleff and Akiko Aoyagi]
Founding the School; E.A. Sutherland. In 1904 one of America’s most remarkable and innovative schools started in Madison, Tennessee, about 10 miles north of Nashville on the Cumberland River. Founded by seven pioneering friends, it was known from 1904 as The Nashville Agricultural and Normal Institute (NANI), but was renamed “Madison College” in 1937 (Neufeld 1976, p. 827-32).
Its revered president for over 50 years was Dr. Edward Alexander Sutherland. Born in 1865 and a devout Seventh-day Adventist, Dr. Sutherland was a graduate of Battle Creek College and a classmate of Dr. Harry Miller. He went on to become a professor at that college, and then the successful president of Walla Walla College in Washington state and, in 1897 (at age 32), of Battle Creek College. A leader of the country-life movement, he transferred Battle Creek College to a beautiful 300-acre fruit farm near Berrien Springs, Michigan and re-christened it Emmanuel Missionary College; today it is Andrews University (Sandborn 1953; Neufeld 1976). To read more click here.
Building on our rich heritage since 1904, Madison Academy is a Christian college-preparatory institution offering a curriculum that is challenging in its content, relevant in its focus, and spiritually-rich in its purpose. Our students engage in vibrant campus ministries, local and global mission service, a dynamic technology-integrated curriculum including AP and dual-enrollment options, character-driven athletics, and valuable work experience.