Minnehaha Academy Celebrates Centennial

Written by Audrey Bergengren

Minnehaha Academy, founded in 1913, is celebrating its 100th year by a huge all-school, all-alumni celebration during Homecoming Sept. 21 and 22.

Minnehaha Academy Dedication Day, June 1912

At the school grounds on June 1912 at the dedication - from the Minnehaha Academy Archives

Minnehaha Academy was founded by Swedish immigrants on the West bank of the Mississippi on the River Road. The original building still stands at 3100 West River Parkway, where the Upper School is located, and a second campus was added later at 4200 West River Parkway that houses Lower and Middle School.

The school has created an Alumni Archive House ( a museum of sorts) across the street from the school (3105 46th Ave South) that is the home of 100 years of archives and original items such as the founder’s top hat, a yearbook from each year, a dress worn by a 1914 graduate at commencement, old cheerleading outfits, letterman jackets and much more. The Archive house will be open to the public on September 22nd from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and then by appointment after that. More than 30 former kings and queens are participating in the coronation on Friday- including the school’s first Homecoming queen crowned in 1944.

West River Road in 1914 near Minnehaha Academy - from the Minnehaha Academy Archives

For more information, visit Minnehaha’s Centennial website. The site includes an interactive timeline, photos, videos and event details.