Millersburg Military Institute

Millersburg Military Institute (MMI) was a military boarding school founded in 1893 in Millersburg, Kentucky, about 30 miles (48 km) northeast of Lexington, Kentucky.

Millersburg Military Institute
1122 Main Street

TypeMilitary boarding school
MottoEst Nulla Via Invia Virtute
(There is No Way Except The Way of Virtue.)
FounderCol. C. M. Best
Campus18 acres
Color(s)Blue and Gold          

Founded in 1893, it survived for over 113 years until closing in July 2006 due to a declining student population. The school had been temporarily closed in 2003, but was reopened by a rally of support from alumni and parents.

The campus sits on 18 acres (73,000 m2) in north-central Kentucky, in the town of Millersburg, Bourbon County. The property is bounded to the northwest by KY-68, to the southeast by railroad tracks and open land, and to the north and south by residential properties. The school was founded in 1893 on the property of the former Kentucky Wesleyan College and moved to its current location in 1920. Upwards of 250 students were enrolled during the school's peak operating times; however, class sizes steadily declined through the early 2000s, resulting in the school's closure in 2006.

The U.S. Army Cadet Corps purchased the property in September 2008 and turned it into its national headquarters, as well as a National Cadet Training Center. The facility served again as a military boarding school as Forest Hill Military Academy starting in August 2012.[1] In 2014, the US Army Cadet Corps began a reorganization and closed the school.

It was announced in September 2015 that the grounds will once again be auctioned leaving the future of the school uncertain.[2] The school filed for bankruptcy and stopped the sale and is currently restructuring its debt.[3]

The restructure referenced above failed. Forest Hill Military Academy went into bankruptcy and its campus was foreclosed on 2016.

Notable alumni


  1. Warren, Jim (2008-09-12). "Millersburg Military Institute saved by eBay". Lexington Herald-Leader.
  2. "Kentucky's only military school scheduled to be auctioned". Retrieved 2015-09-25.
  3. Kocher, Greg. "Former MMI files for bankruptcy, cancelling sale".
  4. Schmidt, Neil (16 February 2002). "Five questions with Jason Conley". The Cincinnati Enquirer. Retrieved 2 June 2010.

WKYT News Coverage, December 2011:

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