Maranatha Baptist Academy was founded in 1973 as a ministry of Maranatha Baptist University due to the vision of Dr. B. Myron Cedarholm. Maranatha Baptist Academy was started to meet a growing demand for a Christian high school, as well as, to provide a quality Christian education for university faculty and staff children.
By the late ’70s and early ’80s, the Academy was developing an identity of its own. The rooms on Old Main’s second floor became full-time Academy classrooms. Lockers were added, and the walls were painted in school colors and symbols. Special rooms were designated for Academy dorm students.
By the mid ’80s and into the ’90s, MBA had become fairly independent from the university in administration, operation, and daily activities. The high school moved into the lower level of Old Main with five brand new classrooms and four office areas. Some facilities such as the library, gym, and computer labs are still shared with the university. Maranatha Baptist Academy has always stressed strong academics, and Bible classes have remained part of the core curriculum.
Sports and music are an important part of Academy student life. Concert choir, concert band, percussion ensemble, Ministry Team, speech, and drama classes are options, as is the annual Academy play. Those wishing to participate in sports can join the football, volleyball, and basketball teams.
Since its founding there have been over 900 graduates that have received their education from MBA. The success of the school may be seen reflected in its graduates: missionaries, pastors, teachers, and others successful in secular fields while serving faithfully in their local churches.