SMA Alumni Foundation Legacy Fund Project


Thanks for visiting the SMA Alumni Foundation (SMAAF) Legacy Fund Project section of the SMA Website.

If the words Staunton Military Academy and Truth, Duty, Honor mean something special to you, you have come to the right place. For many of us it is a reminder of our teenage years when we were sent way too far away from family and friends. However, as the years have passed and our lives have taken focus, hopefully your memories, like mine, of SMA and its traditions lead you to the undeniable conclusion that our alma mater laid the foundation and direction upon which we built our adult lives.

While SMA closed its doors in 1976, and the last cadet graduated 44 years ago, “The Hill” and our legacy lives on through the combined efforts of the SMAAF and Virginia Women’s Institute for Leadership (VWIL), at Mary Baldwin University. Mary Baldwin generously provides us with space to house the SMA Museum in the former SMA supply room and in conjunction with VWIL the SMAAF holds an annual all-class reunion welcoming SMA alumni back to Staunton every spring.

The long gray line of SMA alumni gets shorter each year and with that in mind it is imperative that we make every effort today to provide the funds to build appropriate endowments to sustain our Legacy long after the final Alumnus passes away. This is the only way we can assure that the values that Staunton Military Academy stood for – Truth, Duty, and Honor – will survive us all. This is what the SMA Legacy Fund is all about. You will find materials on this site for this initiative and I trust you will find our case deliberate and focused toward the future and the legacy that is Staunton Military Academy: Truth, Duty, and Honor. Please consider making a gift today!

Should you have any questions or if you would like to discuss gift options please give me a call at; 713-819-1980 or email me at

Sincerely yours,
Peter Birckhead, SMA `73


A History Of The Staunton Military Academy

SMA Worth Field Dedication Video
Donated by Peter Worth, SMA ’57

SMA Alumni Foundation Legacy Fund Project


Vision Statement.

The vision of the SMA Alumni Foundation (SMAAF) Legacy Fund is to preserve in perpetuity the legacy of Staunton Military Academy, its core values of “Truth, Duty and Honor” and its heritage.

Mission Statement.

The mission of the SMAAF Legacy Fund is to support its vision through the Staunton Military Academy Alumni Foundation and by supporting scholarship recipients or organizations, such as the Virginia Women’s Institute for Leadership (VWIL) Program, which exhibits the core values of “Truth, Duty, and Honor”.

Our Core Values.

  • Truth – we are committed to always be honest with ourselves and others.
  • Duty – we are committed to fulfilling obligations with the highest degree of integrity.
  • Honor – we are committed to exhibiting respect and dignity to ourselves and others.

See cool SMA campus photo below

The aerial birds eye overhead picture below was taken by Les Taylor’s, SMA ’66, father Leslie S. Taylor. According to Les, his father operated a Cessna C-180 with a K-10 vertical camera sticking out through the bottom.

Note – the Junior School building had not been constructed at the time this picture was taken (ca. 1965).

SMA Aerial View
Photo courtesy of Les Taylor, SMA ’66