The history of PTA is a very important project, and one that will be accomplished over time. There's a good deal of work to do, but we hope to post it here soon.
The original Pine Tree Academy was operated on a farm four miles out of Auburn, Maine from September 1921 to June 1933 when it was closed due to The Depression.
In 1957 a search committee located an abandoned farmhouse on the Pownal Road in Freeport, Maine. The farmhouse and accompanying 100 acres were purchased for $5000!
Groundbreaking was conducted on June 14, 1961 and the new Pine Tree Memorial School opened its doors on September 18, 1961 under rather pioneer conditions. The liquid tar and crushed stone were not applied to the roof until two weeks after the school opened. The tar was melted on a big sheet of metal over an open fire and hoisted to the roof by a rope in a watering can. The three ministers from the constituent churches who first had the vision for the school in 1957, engineered, directed and worked until the job was done.
Ninety two students were enrolled in grades one through ten.
In 1969 a wing was constructed, and in 1973 a large 100' x 200' addition was built to provide for a gymnasium, offices, classrooms and a library. In 1973-74 the elementary and secondary school (now a four year academy) were separated, with a principal hired for each.
Pine Tree Academy is fully accredited by the Board of Regents of the General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists. We presently enroll 120 students. Approximately one-third are associated with other faiths. It is operated by a 25 member Board of Directors who represent a cross section of the constituency, such as pastors, church members, business leaders, parents and teachers.
Further, Pine Tree Academy provides its students with opportunities to develop as leaders, and challenges them to utilize their leadership skills by participating in various aspects of service to their churches and communities, locally and globally.
Since 1987, Pine Tree Academy students have raised from $15,000 to $60,000 annually. In place of the typical egocentric senior "class trip", Pine Tree's seniors travel to El Salvador, Mexico, Dominican Republic, Barbados, Fiji, etc., to build churches, schools and medical facilities.
We are proud of the fact that 95% of our graduates go on to higher education, or attend technical institutions. We have produced hundreds of alumni who are productive citizens, successfully serving their communities in such areas as education, tourism, law, medicine and business.
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