On January 13, 1906, Loma Linda Academy humbly began with six students in a tent pitched on the side of Sanitarium Hill in Loma Linda, California.
The following year, enrollment grew to twelve. This class with teacher Mrs. Otis Fisher, posed for the picture. By 1917, high school students were also attending and LLA graduated its first class in 1921. In order to meet the needs of the thriving school, a building, later known as Franz Hall, was built in the 1930s.
Through the years, LLA has gratefully counted many blessings and dealt with many challenges, including fires and floods. More than 7,000 alumni have filled the hallways since that humble beginning. Now, over 100 years later, the school has undergone major renovations including new classrooms, gymnasiums, administration facilities, and student "quad" areas. Although the Children's Center, Elementary, Junior High and High School now have their own areas of the campus, they are one in purpose.
The largest Protestant Christian school system in the world is the Seventh-day Adventist educational system. The Seventh-day Adventist Church has a total of 6,966 educational institutions operating in over 100 countries around the world with over 1.3 million students worldwide. The North American Division Office of Education (Adventist Education) oversees 1049 schools with 65,000 students in the United States, Canada, and Bermuda.
Currently, LLA is educating more than 1,200 students for eternity.