Northwestern Military Academy (founded 1888) was a high school in
Linn, Wisconsin which was founded by Harlan Page Davidson. Originally
located in Highland Park, Illinois, the school was relocated to the
Linn, Wisconsin on the south shore of
Geneva Lake near the
city of Lake Geneva in 1915 and was renamed Northwestern Military and
Naval Academy (NMNA).
During the academy's century of operation, its primary goal was to
mold young men, grades 9-12, into outstanding citizens, eager and
ready for higher levels of education. The institution adhered to the
visions and principles of Davidson which adopted military structure
and religious principles into an exceptionally sound educational
program. The results were a capstone curriculum which ranked the
academy as one of the most prestigious schools within the nation.
Within the later years of its operation the institution decided to
expand upon its enrollment spectrum and began accepting students from
the 7th and 8th grade level.
Two large 60" x 336" murals of
John Kinzie and party first encounters
Potawatomi Indians around 1841 were painted by Chicago artist
Louis Grell. The first mural was a gift of the class of 1939 and the
second a gift by the class of 1940. The large murals hung in the grand
west and east wings of Davidson Hall for many decades until St. John's
acquired and merged with the Academy in 1995. The murals are now in a
controlled storage vault on the campus in Delafield, WI.
In 1995, the institution merged with rival school St John's Military
Academy to form St. John's Northwestern Military Academy. The Lake
Geneva property was abandoned for a few years, which fell victim to
vandalism and became the late night choice of neighboring kids. Before
the beginning of the 21st century, the property was sold to a
developing company. The several acres of NMNA land have been
transformed into an affluent community peppered with expensive homes.
The Davidson Building in Lake Geneva no longer exists, but in its
place is a piece of stone from the school with a plaque of
2 Notable alumni
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Harlan Page Davidson
Colonel Royal Page Davidson
Father James Howard Jacobson 
Colonel Walter S. Hahn
Daniel P. Snow
Curtis Roosevelt (1948 ) - eldest grandson of President Franklin D.
Roosevelt; served as a delegate to the United Nations
Marshall S. Roth (1925) -
U.S. Air Force
U.S. Air Force
Spencer Tracy (1919-1920) - actor (did not graduate)
Arthur W. Wermuth
Arthur W. Wermuth (1932) -
U.S. Army Major, WWII
^ Grell, Louis (2 December 2012). "
Louis Grell artist file". Marquis
Who's Who in America on Demand. access-date= requires url=
^ Critique 1966, 1966 yearbook, NMNA
Louis Grell Foundation
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