Heritage Academy was founded in 1964 by the Columbus Educational Foundation to serve the needs of the surrounding community by creating an effective learning environment for the students of the area. In the fall of 1965, thirty-three children in three grades attended classes that met at the First Presbyterian Church. Tuition was $385, and textbooks were supplied by the state.
In 1966, the school moved to First Baptist Church due to renovations at First Presbyterian. During this year, grades four, five, and six were added. Showing continued growth over the next five years, Heritage’s home moved to the five acre track on North Fifth Street where a permanent facility was built to house grades one through six. For the 1970-1971 school year, another building was opened to house grades seven through twelve which increase the school grounds to twenty-two acres.
In 1972, the football field was completed and was named after a founding supporter, C. L, Mitchell. The school’s first official homecoming was celebrated this year. The seventies were an era of first’s for Heritage Academy with the first Student Government Association being formed, the inaugural issue of the school newspaper, The Banner, and the school annual, The Heritor, going to press. Mr. Bill Farris became headmaster, and the first Athletic Director was Billy Brewer.
In June 2011, Heritage welcomed its tenth Headmaster, Dr. Greg Carlyle. As the 2014 school year began, Heritage Academy celebrated its 50th anniversary with a reception honoring former and current school board members.
With the first half-century for Heritage Academy in the history books, the next 50 years will provide many challenges and opportunities for our students to continue to excel within local and global communities.