A Vision for Christian Education – 1884-1913

Portrait of Skogsbergh

In 1884, Rev. Erik August Skogsbergh had a vision for education that inspired Minnehaha Academy. He believed in the importance of quality education with Christian faith as its center.

The original incorporation from 1905 stated: “The purpose of this institution shall be to furnish young men and women with the essential elements of a liberal education, and to foster the development of character under the personal influence of Christian teachers.”

In 1911, Rev. Skogsbergh and Andrew L. Skoog gathered a group of 11, called the Core of Collectors, who were to raise $100 each toward a new building on the campus.

The goal was $25,000, and they exceeded that figure and broke ground on June 30, 1912. On Monday, Sept. 15, 1913, Minnehaha Academy welcomed its first class of high school students.

Expanding to Lower & Middle School – 1972-1995

Grades 7 and 8 were added in 1972.

In 1981, a building and land were purchased for a Lower and Middle School. A chapel was added, and by 1982, the school served students in Grades 1 through 8. Kindergarten students were welcomed in 1985 and ten years later, a preschool was started.

Celebrating Minnehaha’s Centennial – 2012

In 2012, Minnehaha Academy celebrated the Centennial with special events and a look back at 100 years of educating students.


Tragic Explosion – 2017

On August 2, 2017, a natural gas explosion destroyed the center portion of the Upper School. It was an explosion that shook the entire building, and it shocked thousands of people who have known, loved, and called Minnehaha home. Upper School students were relocated to a temporary campus in Mendota Heights for two years.

Upper School Re-Opens – 2019

In the fall of 2019, Minnehaha Academy welcomed Upper School students to the rebuilt campus. Later that school year, students and teachers quickly pivoted to online learning due to the COVID-19 pandemic.  With safety protocols in place, students were welcomed back to Minnehaha Academy for in-person learning in August 2020.