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Admiral Farragut Academy
501 Park Street North

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United States
School typePrivate, Private School boarding school, and day school
MottoSuccess is Never Accidental
Established1933; 91 years ago (1933)
PresidentKevin Lockerbie
Facultyapprox. 100
GradesLower school: Kindergarten7
Upper school: 812
Boarding school: 812
Number of studentsapprox. 500
Student to teacher ratio17∶1
Campus35 acres (140,000 m2)
Color(s)  Blue
Last updated: February 16, 2019; 5 years ago (2019-02-16)

Admiral Farragut Academy, established in 1933, is a private, college-prep school serving students in grades K-12. Farragut is located in St. Petersburg, Florida in Pinellas County and is surrounded by the communities of Treasure Island, Gulfport, Pasadena, Tierra Verde, and Seminole. Farragut also serves North Pinellas County, which includes the communities of Clearwater, Belleair, and Palm Harbor.


Founded in 1933 on the banks of the Toms River in Pine Beach, New Jersey, Admiral Farragut Academy was a college prep school named after Admiral David Glasgow Farragut, the first American naval officer to rise to that rank.[1] Over Farragut's first 12 years, the school became so popular that a second campus was purchased in 1945 on the shores of Boca Ciega Bay in St. Petersburg, Florida. Since then, the school has undergone many changes, such as accepting day students, becoming co-ed, and adding an elementary school.

The school's New Jersey campus in Pine Beach closed at the end of the 1994 school year after financial difficulties.[2]

Notable alumni

Two of the 12 men who walked on the Moon graduated from Admiral Farragut:

  • Rear Admiral Alan Shepard, USN, was the first American in space and, in 1971, became the fifth person to walk on the Moon as part of the Apollo 14 mission. Shepard graduated in 1941 from the New Jersey campus.
  • Brigadier General Charles Duke, USAF, was a 1953 graduate of the St. Petersburg campus and, in 1972, became the tenth person to walk on the Moon as part of the Apollo 16 mission. In the spring of 2006, NASA presented a Moon rock to General Duke, who then donated it to the school. It is displayed in a showcase in front of the Quarter-Deck at the entrance to the main building, Farragut Hall.

Other notable alumni:

The NJROTC Program

An integral part of an education at Admiral Farragut Academy is the required involvement in NJROTC. Every eighth-grade student in the Upper School takes one year of Naval Science–an in-depth study of the history, operation and core concepts of the United States Navy. Upper School students may join the NJROTC program and continue taking Naval Science courses.

Student body

There are approximately 500 students in K-12th grade with a 3:1 ratio of boys to girls. There are 330 students in the Upper School and approximately 50% of the Upper School students are boarding students.


  1. ^ "Admiral Farragut Academy History". Admiral Farragut Academy. Archived from the original on 27 August 2022. Note: much of the historical information is contained in the CSV module at the bottom of the page which is not renderable in the archived save
  2. ^ Campbell, Douglas A. (8 May 1994). "Growing Deficit Finally Sinks Prep School In N.J. Admiral Farragut Academy Will Close In June. Cadets And Parents Are Crushed". The Philadelphia Inquirer. Archived from the original on 10 July 2015. Symbolically, only one of the heavy wood catboats, resting last week on the shore by Admiral Farragut Academy's dock, was ready to be launched on the cedar-stained waters of the Toms River, where the prep school's cadets have, since 1933, learned to sail.... Farragut's students, 120 boys and 20 girls in Grades 5-12, who wear naval- style uniforms and salute their superiors, were told at 7:30 a.m. Monday that on June 4, their school would close forever
  3. ^ Zimmer, Dave (2008). Crosby, Stills & Nash: The Biography. Da Capo Press. p. 8. ISBN 978-0786726110. Retrieved 2018-12-12.

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