The school began with a Board of Directors being elected December 1969. The first board was made up of the following: Dr. James S. Poole, President; Dr. R. J. Field, Jr., Vice President; Mrs. S. E. Field, Sr., Secretary; Mr. Allen Rollins, Treasurer; Mrs. E. B. Robinson, Sr.; Mr. W R Trask; Dr. Warren Dye; Mr. Joe E Brian; Mr. William H. Smith and Mr. Donnie Nutt.
The first Headmaster was Mr. Hillery Horne. The date of January 19, 1970, the first classes were held in the local churches and the office was located in the Archer House next to the Presbyterian Annex. Our beginning faculty members were Mrs. Louise Johnson, First grade; Mrs. Jerry Lucas, Second grade; Mrs. Ann Netterville, Third grade; Mrs. Lucille Anderson, Fourth grade; Mrs. Ruth Trask, Fifth grade; Mrs. Janet Etheridge, Sixth grade; Mrs. Roma Fern Germany, English; Mrs. Minna Erstling, Science; Mrs. Willadean Robertson, Commerce; Mrs. Charlotte Redhead, Math; Mrs. Ruth Smith, English and Librarian; Mr. Jimmy Randall, Social Studies; Mrs. Katherine Chapman, Home Economics and Mr. Al Moore, Coach.
Centreville Academy’s first graduation was May 26, 1970, at the Centreville Baptist Church where 27 graduates received diplomas.
Formal ground breaking ceremonies were held on May 7, 1970 at the site of Centreville Academy today located at 1419 Academy Street. Thirty-one acres were initially given by several generous individuals. The two buildings, Elementary and High School, were constructed first and dedicated on September 27, 1970. The cost for the two buildings plus the furnishings and equipment was approximately $94,000.00. The gym (served as cafeteria and auditorium) was built between the two buildings and joined with covered walk ways and a large patio in the spring of 1971 and the cost was approximately $60,000.00. There were a lot of dedicated volunteer workers to help construct the buildings and that has continued to be an asset to maintaining Centreville Academy as a progressive educational facility to this day.
Additional facilities have been established through the years being a lunchroom, weight room, and football and baseball field houses. A press box has been added for baseball, football, softball and track. Four concession stands are equipped to handle many varieties of foods for sale during game times. A set of beautiful bleachers were added to the visitors and home side of the football field and of course there are adequate bleachers for the baseball and softball field.
With the athletic facilities being updated along came some great coaches and players to give us 9 football State championships, 1 State Boys track championships, 5 State Girls track championships, 3 Back to Back State softball championships and 2 baseball State championships. We received recognition when Coach Bill Hurst broke the record in 2013 for the most wins of a football coach in the history of Mississippi for 347 games.
Academically we have excelled through the years with Science Fairs winning 7 of 11 years the School of Excellence Award, Quiz Bowls, Spelling Bees, Math Bowls and Academic Betterment Competition. Our school is a member of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools along with membership in the Mississippi Association of Independent Schools. It is great to have some of our former graduates holding positions of lawyer, physicians, certified public accountants, banking officers, school and hospital administrators, teachers, nurses, engineers, architects and many other note worthy professions. As of May 2016, we have graduated a total of 1,764 students from Centreville Academy.
We give praise to God first for this fine educational institution and then a big thank you to the many parents, teachers, students and volunteers that have made it what it is for the past 45 years.