Massanutten Academy is a private co-educational boarding school chartered by the Virginia Commonwealth in 1899 in Woodstock, Virginia, the county seat of Shenandoah County. The name means "Great Mountains" and orginated from the Indian name for the mountains east of the Shenandoah Valley. It was created as a non-denominational Christian school primarily for boys but with some female day students. It adopted a military program in 1917. At the time of the speech, a small number of students lived in Woodstock while many were from out of state and a few from Cuba. The JROTC program was introduced in 1930. In 1965, the open racial policy was adopted. Girls were admitted as boarders in 1972. It currently educates grades 7 through 12 and is accredited by the Virginia Association of Independent Schools (VAIS), the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS), and the Virginia Council for Private Education.