Salem Academy (Salem, Oregon, USA)

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Salem Academy, located on Lancaster Drive in Salem, Oregon, an interdenominational evangelical school, had its beginning in small Bible classes held in the Dallas Mennonite churches in 1930-38 with N. N. Hiebert, H. H. Dick, and Herman D. Wiebe as instructors. In 1938 a district school building was secured and what was then known as Beacon Bible School was organized by a Bible School Society composed of interested members of the Grace Mennonite, Evangelical Mennonite, and Mennonite Brethren churches of Dallas.

In 1944 an evening Bible Institute of an interdenominational nature was begun in the Mennonite Brethren Church in West Salem. In 1945 the efforts of Dallas and Salem together with interests of others of the area were united and the Salem Academy came into being. Classes were begun in the West Salem Mennonite Brethren Church with an enrollment of 75, John W. Ediger as principal, and A. A. Loewen as the first chairman of the Board of Trustees.

In 1946 property was purchased two miles west of Salem and in 1947 a large concrete block building was erected on an imposing 24-acre hill site campus. Enrollment had risen to and maintained itself at 200-250 during the ensuing years. By the late 1950s a teaching staff of some 15 offered fully accredited instruction in grades 7-12, with competent Bible instruction included. The school later was moved to Lancaster Drive in the eastern part of Salem, and today offers K-12 education.

Author(s) G. H Jantzen
Kevin Enns-Rempel
Date Published March 2016

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Jantzen, G. H and Kevin Enns-Rempel. "Salem Academy (Salem, Oregon, USA)." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. March 2016. Web. 22 Sep 2023.,_Oregon,_USA)&oldid=133817.

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Jantzen, G. H and Kevin Enns-Rempel. (March 2016). Salem Academy (Salem, Oregon, USA). Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved 22 September 2023, from,_Oregon,_USA)&oldid=133817.


Adapted by permission of Herald Press, Harrisonburg, Virginia, from Mennonite Encyclopedia, Vol. 4, p. 403. All rights reserved.

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