San Diego Military Academy Alumni

A page dedicated to preserving the history of San Diego Military Academy, Solana Beach, CA.

San Diego Military Academy was a school for 1st through 12th grade from 1959 to 1979.

Mission: To reconnect past students, staff and friends, share memories, photos and information. Admiinstered by Terry Madory - SDMA 1976-77

It was about this time of year SDMA started up the Good Neighbor Christmas Program. Betty Kastner gets the volunteer cadets looking the part for the toy collection in 1975.

An extremely early photo. An awards presentation in the first couple of years of the academy’s existence. Roughly 1959-1963. Persons in the image unknown.

Do we have any members of the Class of 1965?

We are sad to announce the passing of Kelley Akin, SDMA Class of 1977, on August 11, 2019.

Always in our Hearts.
Forever in our Memory.

Did you order a class ring back in the day? Chances are very few did. They weren’t cheap. If you still have one, share a pic.

Thank you Piyapote Pisalyaput for sharing this:

"Article from our alumni Gene Lewis, Class of 1967. About Rear Admiral E.M. Senn.
...He was at SDMA during our time (Class of 1967)"

Were you a Good Neighbor? The Good Neighbor Club circa 1975. Col. Clode: Advisor, Chet Williams: President, Fred Davis: Vice-President, Thomas De Shon: Secretary-Treasurer.

Falcons Baseball 1966

Vintage San Diego Military Academy SDMA Hat Cover Badge 1958 - 1977 | eBay

SDMA hat badge currently for sale on EBay. For your buying consideration, we are selling a neat vintage hat badge from the San Diego Military Academy. The SDMA was active from 1958 to 1977 in San Diego and we have acquired a badge, but no other items such as patches or ribbons. This little hat badge is in good shape and has the small nut on....

For a few cadets, Thanksgiving was spent on campus. If so, you likely spent Thanksgiving with the dining hall crew. Happy Thanksgiving to all SDMA alums.


A quick question...

Question = What was the circumstances that made you attend SDMA ???

Aloha Stephen Arruda! Thank you for sharing this photo with us!

I was thinking SDMA was the first time I was exposed to "the mainland" after a peaceful upbringing in Hawai'i what an experience


Calling all 1977 SDMA alumni...

Doesn't seen like there are too many people on here from the last graduating class of '77. If you're here, hit me up.

This is the official SDMA Roll Call. Please comment and state the years you attended San Diego Military Academy.

Thank you Gary Markham for sharing this newsletter from 1970!

Did you receive the San Diego Military Academy introductory brochure when you enrolled in SDMA?

[08/10/18]   We have been informed of the passing of David Jenest. He most likely attended SDMA in the 1960s or earlier. If you have any photos of David, please post them here so we can share them with his family.

Condolences to the Jenest family.

Forever Rest Chris.

Bandmaster Myron Collins receives his Major’s oak leaves from Mr. Bitterlin and Dean Collins. 1971

The SDMA Graduating Class of 1966!

Thank you Piyapote Pisalyaput for sharing these photos with us!

From a SDMA alumni.

Eddie Ruelas 1973

Are there any SDMA alumni from 1970?

A message from a SDMA alumni and a fantastic look at 1967! Thank you Piyapote Pisalyaput for sharing!


A message from a SDMA alumni!

I hope that all are well remember our days at

We received a message from a SDMA Alumni Edward Ruelas. He attended SDMA in 1973.

vintage San Diego Military Academy patch

Who new our school uniforms would become such a treasure! Check out this Etsy listing! This is a vintage Sand Diego Military Academy patch. The red and black patch features a creme eagle and yellow trimming. The back of the patch is lined with fabric. • vintage patch • San Diego Military Academy • large patch with eagle CONDITION In good condition with wear consistent

The Class of 1971 raised money for their senior gift by hosting a Slave Day. 26 seniors auctioned themselves off to the underclass cadets. Purchased seniors found themselves cleaning rooms, shining brass and shoes and carrying their owners around campus. The Seniors raised over $500.

Emery Slocum uses his Slave, Tim Koehler, for a ride.

[05/23/18]   BE ADVISED:

We have been contacted, twice within the last month, about two male facebook users, who claim to be in the military and graduates from San Diego Military Academy. We have been able to verify that these males have not attended SDMA and believe it is actually one person 'Catfishing' (to lure someone into a relationship by means of a fictional online persona) female Facebook users. If you, or anyone you know, is friended by anyone with the same story, please use caution.

Here are the two profiles in question.


Does anyone know?

I was just remembering back to when I graduated in 1973 John Hanley was our Batallion commander back then, I wonder what happened to him?

Your life was a blessing,
Your memory a treasure...
You are loved beyond words
And missed beyond measure.

Forever Rest Cadet Christian Mann.

Good morning SDMA Alumni! We received a message from one of our members...

Probably the most used,or abused, pool table known resided for many years at the SDMA post exchange. The pool table gave many hours of enjoyment to after school cadets.


A message from one of our members.

Hey am Fred Davis I was wondering has anybody seen or heard from Ray Pedraza Since school closed if anybody has word on him leave a message thank you

Can you believe that a can of soda at SDMA back in 1972 was only 20 cents! The problem was finding 20 cents!

We just received a message from Enrique Victoria Class of 1974...

If you wanted to know what was coming up at SDMA you went to the events board by the mess hall. You might see your name there too if you made honor roll, got promoted or did something extra cool.


Thank you for sharing George Driver! Great video!

this video is from the 60's. The photos were taken from year books from the beginning of the Academy when it relocated to
Solana Beach until 1966 until later Cadet Driver

How's your football team doing this year? Your 1971 SDMA varsity Falcons were 6-2 for the year with a narrow upset by rival Army- Navy. Still an excellent season in conference!

To all the SDMA cadets and staff who served their country in the armed forces we wish you and your families a happy Veterans Day.

Another blast from the past! The 1973 Varsity Basketball team. Mike Butler, Clarence Clark, Jose Fabian, Bryan Olds, Glenn Smith, Jorge Swayne, Don Tavie, Bill Yaeger, coached by Rich Stewart.

Mr. Steve is your day! Please share some of your fondest SDMA memories with us!

Now available through Texas A&M University Press and Amazon, by John Alfred Coulter II, CADETS ON CAMPUS, The History of US Military Schools. $50.00, hardcover, 464 pages.

Thanks for sharing, Norm!

Many of you will recall "FM 22-5", which we as cadets practiced as part of our daily life. If you search on the internet you will find the 1968 version which Col. Stone held on high.

Did anyone participate in the 'Letterman's Initiation'?

Pictured here are Cadets from 1964.

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