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185th Celebration

Celebrating 185 Years - A Legacy of Excellence!

Founded February 22, 1839 

Elgin Academy was granted a charter by the Illinois General Assembly on February 22, 1839.  In a radical departure for the time, the seven-member Board agreed that Elgin Academy would be non-sectarian and coeducational. Throughout our 185-year history, Elgin Academy has remained true to our founders’ vision of an education that includes academic excellence and high moral character. 

Virtuti Et Sapientiae - Of Character and Wisdom

-EA’s Founding Moto

Elgin Academy is incredibly proud of its rich history and of our important role in educating thousands of students from around the globe. The country and world have changed in countless ways since the charter of this school in 1839, and yet the premises upon which an Elgin Academy education is built remains beautifully unchanged. 

Founders' Week Events

This year, our 185th, will be our last Founders’ Day Celebration. We hope the entire EA community will join in the celebration during Founders' Week. Please take a look at the events for planned for students, parents, faculty, staff, alumni and friends of Elgin Academy below.

Alumni Gathering

Saturday, February 24th
6:00-8:00 p.m.

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Sprit Week!

Tuesday, February 20th

Foxes, Foxes, Foxes
Dress in your fox gear, fox ears, and tails, etc.

Wednesday, February 21st

We are Hilltoppers! 
Dress as Hilltoppers through the ages (a decade or someone specific.)

Thursday, February 22nd

Founders’ Day 
Wear your orange 185th Commemorative t-shirt. 

Friday, February 23rd

Super Spirit Day
Dress in your EA Gear or orange and black!

Founders' Week Events

Thursday, February 22nd

Founders' Day
Elgin Academy 185th Assembly

Friday, February 23rd

Winter Carnival & Exhibits
5:00-7:00pm - Gym

Saturday, February 24th

Alumni Gathering & Exhibits
6:00-8:00 p.m.