Orangewood Adventist Academy (Garden Grove, California, US)

A coeducational day school on the senior high school level, operated at Garden Grove, California, by the churches of Orange County (Southeastern California Conference). Orangewood Academy traces its history back to the Centralia church school, which is believed to be the first Seventh-day Adventist church school in the state of California. The leading promoter in establishing the Centralia school in 1896 was Milton Henry Shirley, a local elder of the first church in Centralia. He was a teacher who in 1891 had come from the Dakotas, and shortly after arriving had joined the SDA Church. The first teacher was Carrie Hacker (1896-1897). According to Alma McKibbin, the second teacher, there were 30 pupils in nine grades, and the school day was from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., or even later. Because...

From the Seventh-day Adventist Encyclopedia. Published with permission from the Review and Herald Publishing Association.

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Garden Grove, CA
United States