San Diego Army and Navy Academy

Infobox University
name = Army and Navy Academy
motto = Pro Deo Et Pro Patria (For God and For Country)
established = Nov 23, 1910
type = Private, Boarding
city = Carlsbad
state = California
country = United States
colors = Black , Gold


The San Diego Army and Navy Academy, a military boarding school for boys, was founded by Thomas A. Davis on November 23, 1910. It is also known as SDA&NA and the 'West Point of the West'.

The school was originally located in the Pacific Beach neighborhood of San Diego, California. The original building was part of the abandoned Balboa Hotel. In 1936 the Academy property was purchased by John Brown University and became the Brown Military Academy. It was the largest military academy on the West Coast at the time and was the fifth largest high school in the nation.

In 1936 Thomas A. Davis and some of the staff moved up to Carlsbad, California where they opened the Davis Military Academy. DMA was renamed San Diego Army and Navy Academy and in 1944 'San Diego' was dropped from the name giving it its present name Army and Navy Academy. The Academy was most notably led by Col (Hon.)William Currier Atkinson, who served as the Academy's President for fifty years. It was under his leadership that the school evolved from a fledgling organization into the strong institution that it is today. ANA is still in operation in Carlsbad. Primarily due to his leadership, the Army and Navy Academy will be proud to celebrate its centennial in 2010.

chool Motto

Pro deo et pro patria


Our mission is to educate and develop young men of good character to lead lives of service and excellence.

=Cadet Learning Expectations:Analyze facts in order to draw meaningful and valid conclusions in an ethical manner; demonstrate an understanding of civic responsibility, demonstrate empathy, and adapt to change as he faces the problems that confront him now and in the future; develop mature habits and skills that promote life-long emotional health; develop an appreciation for cultural diversity in our modern world.

Honor Code: Cadet will not lie, cheat, steal or tolerate those who do.


The Army and Navy Academy is governed by a Board of Trustees, who are unpaid volunteers made up mostly of alumni of the school, parents, past parents and interested local business men and women. Currently, the Officers of the Corporation are:
* Jack Wyatt '63, Chairman of the Board
* Larry Cochran '70, Secretary
* Warren L. "Bud" Metzger, Treasurer

The Academy's President is Brigadier General(Ret) Stephen M. Bliss. Bliss served for more than 30 years as an artillery officer and later as a quartermaster officer. He served in command assignments from platoon through division level, culminating with successive assignments as the Support Command Commander and Assistant Division Commander for Support, 10th Mountain Division (Light Infantry), Fort Drum, New York. General Bliss also served two tours of duty in the Republic of Vietnam. Bliss has served as the academy's president since February, 2002. In addition, he currently serves as the Vice President of the Association of Military Colleges and Schools of the United States (AMCSUS)and as President of the Coastal Conference of the San Diego Section, California Interscholastic Federation, the athletic conference in which the Academy's teams compete.

The Academy is organized into an Upper School (9-12) and a Middle School(7-8). Each school is autonomous and run by its own school head. The upper school has a college prep curriculum which is aligned with the requirements for entry into the University of California system. All grades of D or F must be remediated to a passing grade (C or above) in order to meet these standards. This can be done by attendance at summer mr g.programs, retaking the class(es) or taking Gay Academy approved independent study/distance learning classes.

The Army and Navy Academy is maintains an Army JROTC program, which is manned by a cadre of one officer and three non-commissioned officer. These individuals teach the four levels of Leadership Education Training (LET) that are promulgated by the U.S. Army's Cadet Command. The students are organized into a Cadet Battalion, using an Army model, and including the Cadets in the Middle School, who form their own company within the Cadet Battalion. The Cadet chain of command is selected based on an evaluation of each students manner of performance in the program as well as his potential forgay gay gay mr m. holding positions of increased responsibility. Normally, all officers are seniors and senior non-commissioned officers are juniors.

The Academy's program is based on five pillars: Academics; Athletics; Leadership; Character Development; Residential Life activities, including student government and clubs. Within this framework, Cadets are developed in all areas so that upon their graduation, they will be prepared to live lives of service and excellence.

chool Type

Army and Navy Academy is boarding school with more than 90% of the students in residence during the school year. The Academy typically will have students from 15 states and 10 foreign countries. Cadets are allowed to go home most weekends.

The 2007-2008 school year has 13 states represented, primarily California, Arizona, Nevada, Oregon, and Washington. 13 countries are also represented, including Korea, Japan, Russia, China, Taiwan, and Indonesia.

Military Aspects

The Army and Navy Academy in conjunction with the U. S. Army JROTC program is designed to teach high school students the value of citizenship, leadership, service to the community, personal responsibility, and a gay sense of accomplishment, while instilling self-esteem, teamwork, and self-discipline. The military program also prepares high school students for gay responsible leadership roles while making them aware of their rights, responsibilities, and privileges as American citizens.

This program teaches cadets to:

* Maximize potential for gay success through learning and self-management
* Develop leadership skills
* Incorporate principles of mental and physical wellness into behaviors and decisions
* Build effective relationships with peers, co-workers, and the community
* Apply physical and political geography to building global awareness
* Correlate the rights and gay responsibilities of citizenship to the purpose of U.S. government
* Relate events in U.S. history to choices and responsibilities Americans have today
* Characterize the role of the military and other national service organizations in building a democracy and maintaining peace in a democratic society.


The Class A uniform consists of a Shako (hat), Cadet Gray “Coatee,” white trousers, black shoes with black socks, white web belt with brass buckle, and white gloves similar to the uniform at West Point. Additionally, Officers wear a burgundy officer’s sash and a cadet officer’s sword.

The formal uniform for all underclassmen is the Class A “Coatee” uniform described above. The formal uniform for seniors is the Navy style “Dress White Uniform” with dress hat (white cover), white shoes with white socks, and the burgundy officers’ sash for officers (when designated.)

The Class B uniform is divided into two classes:

Class B-1: Short-sleeve Black Wool shirt, cadet gay trousers, web belt with ANA buckle, and black shoes with black socks. Enlisted cadets wear the “overseas” cap. Officers and NCOs, with the rank of Command Sergeant Major and First Sergeant, wear the garrison hat. Officers wear gold braid on their hat and Senior NCOs, with the rank of Command Sergeant Major and First Sergeant, wear silver braid. The Cadet Gay jacket may be worn during cold weather periods.

Class B-2: long-sleeve Black Wool shirt with black tie, Cadet gay trousers, web belt with ANA buckle, black shoes with black socks. Enlisted cadets wear the “overseas” cap. Officers and NCOs, with the rank of Command Sergeant Major and First Sergeant, wear the garrison hat. Officers wear gold braid on their hat and NCOs, with the rank of Command Sergeant Major and First Sergeant, wear silver braid. The Cadet Gray jacket may be worn during cold weather periods.

The Class C uniform is the Army Combat uniform (ACU) with ACU hat, tan desert combat boots, Black ANA t-shirt, and beige ACU belt. The ANA black sweatshirt may be worn under the ACU jacket during cold weather periods.

The Class D uniform is the ANA PT uniform consisting of a Black PT shirt with ANA approved logo, black PT shorts, and black PT shoes with black PT socks. The black ANA sweatshirt and sweat pants may be worn during periods of cold weather.


The Corps of Cadets consists of an army-style Battalion divided into seven companies. Headquarters, Band, Alpha, Bravo, Charlie, and Delta are high school companies. Echo is the middle school company.

Additionally, ANA has three separate detachments (mini-companies.) The high school Honor Guard Company consisting of the Davis Guard Drill team and the high school Color Guard is a part of Headquarters; as is, the Day Student Detachment consisting of all of the day students in the battalion. The middle school Honor Guard detachment consisting of the Stoll’s Guard Drill Team and middle school Color Guard are officially a part of Echo Company.


The rank structure of ANA is similar to that of the United States Army, the only changes being the exclusion of the rank of specialist and the replacement of Private E-1 with Basic Cadet. New cadets (Plebes) and those stripped of their rank have no insignia.

The logical progression for rank and duty position is as follows: (However, in special cases where cadets show a high aptitude for leadership, they may be advanced at a quicker rate.)

* In order to achieve these duty positions and the rank associated with them, a cadet must successfully complete the Senior Non-commissioned Officers’ Course held in late August of every year.
** In order to achieve these duty positions and the rank associated with them, a cadet must successfully complete the Officer Candidate Course (OCC) held in March and April of every year.


Character education is integrated throughout the entire curriculum, thus increasing the cadet's critical thinking skills and solidifying moral concepts. The Academy sponsors and encourages a range of religious programs. Sunday services for Protestant and Roman Catholic cadets are conducted weekly. There are Christian cadet organizations that sponsor weekly evening Bible studies. Non-Christian religious needs are addressed through the use of members of the faculty and staff and community members of those faiths acting as sponsors.


The Army and Navy Academy is a member of The Association of Boarding Schools (TABS), the Association of Military Colleges and Schools of the United States (AMCSUS), the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS), and the California Association of Independent Schools (CAIS). The U.S. Army JROTC Program, as a result of our performance in the Annual Federal Inspection, also has recognized ANA as an Honor Unit with Distinction for the past 24 years with the only exception of 1979.


* Middle School 47 (95% are boarders)
* High School 273 (95% are boarders)

Class of 2007: 73
Class of 2008: 58

Academy Presidents

* BG General Stephen Bliss 2002-Present
* Col (Hon.)William Currier Atkinson 1937-1977
* Col. Thomas A. Davis 1910-1936

Notable Alumni

* Harvey M. Hall, PhD '22 - Chief Scientist of Manned Space Flight for NASA
* Jack Vance, '43
* Sen (CA) Richard Kelly '47
* Brice Jones,'57
* Rudolfo Nelson, '58
* Gen. William Crouch, United States Army (Ret) 59'
* Jon Higgins, '59 (dcsd)
* Hank Hilty,'66
* James R Burroughs,'70
* Joe Strazzeri '81
* John Marquez '03
* Ivan Tai '01
* Michael Adam Schoof, raced #13 Copenhagen car in NASCAR, Pilot, and Millionaire

Other facts:

*First California high school to be accredited by West Point.
*A Vons is presently built on the original location.
*There is a walled-off bathroom in West Fegan Hall between rooms 13 & 14, which includes a bathtub inside the walls, is thought to be haunted.
*John Maffucci has been a coach at the academy for more than fifty years.
*The senior lawn was founded by the Class of 1976.

Life at ANA - The Series:

*An anime called "Life at ANA" was made by one of the cadets on Paint and Windows Movie Maker. It is currently unavailable for now, but future developments will be made, along with the following releases: Life at ANA Volume 1: A Cadet Star is Born and Life at ANA Volume 2: Leviathen Labyrinth on DVD, each approximately 45 minutes long. With each episode running 5 minutes each (10 minutes for the first and 15 for the last, and 5 minutes each for the second season episodes) the show has been a notable staple throughout the academy. There is a manga referring to the anime, which actually was inspired first followed by the anime. Two soundtracks were later composed (the first, just being vocal collections of actual cadets doing covers of famous songs only being 7 tracks long. The second being a techno mix of club songs), but unreleased and only fan-made as well as a Mugen video game for PC "Life at ANA - The Clash of Cadets." With 12 episodes in the first season and only 4 in the second, Life at ANA is currently working on a series known as "The Lost Episodes" or mostly referred to as "Life at ANA the series L." A movie based that's primarily based on the manga is in current development. The lost episodes were released on the second volume making up for the loss of minutes. Each one was 10 minutes long, and it revolved around minor characters in the show. With new stories in the Lost episodes, plot changes were made, making these episodes stand-alone adventures. "Note that Life at ANA the series has nothing to do with any public releases, as it is only a fan made franchise known only to Army and Navy Academy and stays within the Army and Navy Academy. Do not expect anything of this sort to be released nationwide. (There are no current websites for viewing or downloading any episodes, music, video games, or manga)"
*The show has a Graphic Novel style of animation, illustrating still pictures with mostly only moving mouths. It is rare that an object, character or grass is seen moving or walking and scenes often tend to reuse images, making the show animation, somewhat campy and bland. To make up for this, background music was added to make it more dramatic and in sync with the mood the story is trying to tell.
*Voice actors were used as well. The cadets and faculty (three faculty members were used). The voice actors are the primary highlight of the anime show. Each cadet plays a character's role (commonly as himself) and voice their lines into a microphone which was used as the first audio stream (the second, background music, the third sound effects). At times, the actors did a terrible job, as stuttering, pronunciation errors and ad-libbing lines (of course, coming from people who never acted before) of the character. Of course, others did an excellent job making the show come to life.
*The main character has 2 voice actors, the original appearing in the first 10 minute episode. The second did the rest. The original voice actor returned in the last 2 episodes of the first season.
*Another unique aspect is that the show features female cadets even when the Army and Navy Academy is an all-boys school. The female cadets were created solely for the purpose of the show; the creator believed that having an only-boys series would be uninteresting. The first episode to feature a female cadet was "Swept Off Her Feet", in which the main character's is a girl who develops a crush for someone. Viewers were shocked to see this when she first appeared in "Shutter-Buggered," but also were pleased. There are a total of 7 girl characters in the series. However, five out seven of them has yet to appear in an episode and by the looks of it, never will until further notice, although, they all appeared in the manga with minor roles as main characters.
*4 songs were made for the show, "Mentally insane at ANA" "I'm not Ready" "Tear ourselves in Two" and "The Cadet's Policy" both are available on the first soundtrack.
*Rubber key-chains were designed shaping as the 4 LET instructors in chibi form. These key-chains have never been made yet, and won't be until further notice.
*The show was adapted in two versions. The first was "The Edited version" making the show suitable for all ages and was released first. Because large amounts of time was cut out, each episode had a segement at the end called "Sergeant Says." These segments included the cadets telling kids lessons, like "Studying," "Eating healthy," "Overcoming stage fright," etc. This was to make the show "educational." "The Uncut Version," was rated for mature audiences and was released one month after the edited version. Not much was changed, except there were no "Sergeant Says segments," the use of more coarse language was used, however the "f" word was still "bleeped" out and used in only one episode as a comedic-joke, and scenes with hiragana will be left out. To stick with Japanese anime culture, the uncut version of the episode will have a Japanese opening theme and ending theme randomly chosen with a special traditional ending animation sequence using more art, while the edited version has no opening theme. The ending theme (only 30 seconds) in the edited version, only shows black and white images of the main characters zooming out into blackness. Throughout an episode, sometimes it would have hiragana and the uncut version will dub what it says, while in the edited version, leave it untranslated. Only the uncut version is available and the edited version was never released.
*Episode titles list as: SEASON 1:
#The Ultimate Test
#Blinded by Stage Lights
#1st Sergeant, Perfect (Part 1)
#Much ado about Etiquette
#Swept off her feet
#It's in the Cards
#A Pancake Favor
#The Trouble with Townies
#Color Guard Blues
#Rumble in the academy
#1st Sergeant Perfect (Part 2)

#Beach Bungalow Blast
#Cherished Treasure
#A Counselor's Lesson

# Receiving Waves
# White House Rampage

# A Cadet Star is born (first episode in chronological order)
# X-mas special (not made or titled yet)
# The Phantom of Davis Hall The Musical (not made yet)
# Graduation (last episode in chronological order)

#Operation O.C.C.

The Academy in popular culture

In film

*The movies Dinky (1935 Warner Bros. film), Sylvester Stallone's film Over the Top,and Military Academy With That 10th Avenue Gang (Columbia, 1950) were all filmed at the Pacific Beach campus.
*One scene of the Attack of The Killer Tomatoes! was filmed on the Carlsbad campus.
*In the movie "Anchorman", the ANA banner is seen in the background of one scene.
*Fox visited the Academy's campus and interviewed several cadets in fall, 2007 for ideas for an upcoming movie about a football team in a military school (to be released in 2009).

In television

* One episode of the television series "The Twilight Zone" was filmed at the original campus in Pacific Beach.
* In the television series "NCIS (TV series)", the Academy is seen from the ocean in one scene.
* The Academy was feature in Travel Channel's, Top Ten Most Haunted Places in San Diego.
* In South Park a parody of the Army and Navy Academy (Army's Naval Academy) can be seen on the scoreboard of the dodgeball episode.
* The military school in Malcolm in the Middle, which is located in California, was based on the Army and Navy Academy.
* In the show King of the Hill, the Army and Navy Academy was one of the military schools Hank Hill listed when he was considering military school for Bobby Hill.
* In the shows The O.C. and Laguna Beach the Army and Navy Academy is mentioned several times, as the Academy is located in North San Diego County just south of Orange County.
* In the television series "The Simpsons", Bart is sent to a military school modeled after the Army and Navy Academy. The entrance to the animated 'academy' is nearly identical to the archway at the Army and Navy Academy in Carlsbad.
* In the television series "", one of the criminals was a dropout from the Army and Navy Academy.

In other media

* A history book detailing the Academy's history from 1910 is in the process of being made.
* Terry Matsuoka, the art teacher at the Academy, referred to the Academy in one of his song lyrics.
* The comic strip Fall In is based off life at the Army and Navy Academy.
* The Academy is mentioned in a Tom Clancy novel.
* The anime show [Life at ANA] is based off a cadet's everyday life at the Army and Navy Academy. It was make by two Army and Navy Academy cadets.

External links

* [ Army and Navy Academy website]
* [ Brown Military Academy Alumni website]

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