Indian Springs History

To date, over 4,000 alumni have experienced our vision. We invite you to join them in contributing to the history of Indian Springs.

Harvey G. Woodward, a Birmingham industrialist who attended MIT, had a dream and a vision. But for the commitment of others, his dream could have died along with him in 1930. His enterprising peers understood what he wanted to do: create an educational center of excellence in Alabama, where young men could learn, develop, and grow. Woodward had bequeathed the money and the means to make such a dream happen. All that was required was a person with the commitment.

Dr. Louis E. (“Doc”) Armstrong was such a man. In 1952 he led ten faculty and 62 students onto campus. Filled with the belief that learning was as much about the capacity to better the world as it was about the ability to process information, Armstrong created the environment through which Woodward’s dream was achieved. Young men graduated and went to America’s best colleges and universities, knowing they could make positive contributions to humankind’s betterment.

Over the subsequent decades, that belief has never wavered. Students and faculty work together in a shared governance model, approaching life on campus as they would in a small town; they use town meetings to build understanding, model behaviors, and reflect the values embodied in the school’s written constitution.

The best way to evaluate this approach is in its outcomes. Student-directed learning in the classroom and student-initiated activities are key. The choir is renowned worldwide for its participation in concerts across the globe, while the soccer team—the first-ever in a school in Alabama—reflects the school’s values of courage, teamwork, and innovation.

Most importantly, both the dream and the vision continue to expand. From opening the school to coeducational students in the 1970s to reaffirming its commitment to boarding students with the construction of new dorms in 2006, Indian Springs considers its mission and the enduring importance of Learning through Living in every decision it makes. Our successes are measured through the support that Indian Springs receives from its parents and alumni, including Springs Eternal, our largest-ever capital campaign, which made our state-of-the-art classrooms equipped for virtual learning.

Historical Timeline

190 Woodward Drive, Indian Springs, Alabama 35124
Phone: 205.988.3350
Indian Springs School, an independent school recognized nationally as a leader in boarding and day education for grades 8-12, serves a talented and diverse student body and offers admission to qualified students regardless of race, gender, religion, national origin, ethnicity, or sexual orientation. Located in Indian Springs, Alabama, just south of Birmingham, the school does not discriminate on the basis of race, gender, religion, national origin, ethnicity, or sexual orientation in the administration of its educational policies, admission policies, scholarship and loan programs, or athletic and other school-administered programs.

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