The Academy was founded by Dr. Lyman Ward in 1898 as a non-profit, non-denominational, co-educational institution for rural youth. The original purpose was to provide a secondary education for those with the ability to learn and the willingness to work. A long list of illustrious alumni attests to the need and the effect of the program. A charter was granted in 1901 by the State of Alabama, the school being incorporated in the name of "The Southern Industrial Institute, Inc." Shortly after the death of Dr. Ward in 1948, the military department was added and the school became "Lyman Ward Military Academy."
While keeping pace with modern educational methods over the years, much of the original philosophy of the school's founder has been retained. Precedence is given to the development of Christian ideals and self-reliance. The high standards set by the Academy have fitted Lyman Ward Military Academy students for acceptance by outstanding universities throughout the country.
Our purpose is to prepare the cadet for the responsibilities of life and offer the best in academic instruction coupled with discipline of a military program. Lyman Ward Military Academy will be recognized as the premier military boarding school for young men in the United States.
A private military boarding academy providing the best in academics, leadership and athletics structured on a foundation of moral and ethical values that develops young men of integrity, competence and excellence who are prepared for the work of life.
- Orient leader training and mentoring toward the development of "Servant Leaders" prepared to lead, and to exercise sound moral/ethical judgment.
- Encourage cadet leaders to adopt a Positive Leadership Model which supports all cadets being treated with dignity and respect regardless of the context of any training situation.
- Review the daily structure of cadet life to ensure maximum integration of cadet activities to increase opportunities for excellence in all cadet experiences. The cadet's daily schedule must be filled with challenging academic and physical activities within a military culture that demands accountability.