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Houston Academy

901 Buena Vista Drive
Dothan, Houston County, Alabama, 36303

Houston Academy
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Houston Academy is a non-profit independent college preparatory school in Dothan, Alabama. It offers day schooling for grades 3P to twelve, and numerous after-school arts and sports programs.
The school was founded in 1970 in response to integration of the public schools in Dothan, as a way to maintain segregated schooling under the guise of private education. This history received national attention in 2016, when Bill Clinton revealed in a campaign speech that his wife Hillary Clinton had made an undercover visit to the area investigating segregation academies in 1972. In 1970, the IRS allowed the school to retain its tax exempt status despite its policy of discriminating on racial grounds.

While the school no longer enforces a ban on non-white students, in 2015 only eight black students were enrolled and only thirteen percent of the student population were minorities of any kind.

The campus, which was renovated in 1995, has four buildings connected by covered walkways. Included in the facilities are forty-five classrooms, two daycare rooms, a library, a Lower School science laboratory, Upper School laboratories for chemistry, biology and physical science, a Middle School science laboratory, state of the art Lower and Upper School art rooms, two gymnasiums, a classroom for music and band, and a cafetorium.

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