American Heritage School History

Jun 19

American Heritage School History

American Heritage School History

When the Brigham Young Academy closed in 1968, Dr. H. Verlan Andersen met with a group of other BYU professors and parents with the intent of establishing a private school and continuing the spiritual and book learning families enjoyed at the Academy. They desired to have their children’s academic learning enhanced and enlightened by principles of morality, religion, liberty and patriotism. Finding a building was also a priority – so Dr. Andersen conveyed to then Elder Ezra Taft Benson the school founders’ interest in locating a building suitable for the school.

Elder Benson indicated that an old LDS church in Pleasant Grove was for sale and that Dr. Andersen would have to move quickly to get it. Others were interested in the building. Soon thereafter, Dr. Andersen and his wife met with the LDS church officials responsible for the disposition of the building. A contract was signed and the Andersens paid $1,000 down on it. It took most of their savings – and they still had a mortgage to pay on the building – but they were elated to have successfully obtained a location for the school.

Now, 43 years later, American Heritage School continues in a beautiful, new campus next to the Mt. Timpanogos Temple.  The school has expanded to include a full K-12 opportunity, a growing homeschool and distance education program, and a Best of State Lyceum Youth Orchestra.  Despite the growth and change, the mission and spirit of the instituion remains ummoved and many continue to make great sacrifices to perpetuate education founded on Christ and His principles.

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