Midland Adventist Academy

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In 1970, the New Haven Seventh-day Adventist School in Overland Park, Kansas and the First Seventh-day Adventist School located on 18th Street in Kansas City, Kansas, were consolidated to form Midland Adventist School, a 1-10th grade school. Located on 88th Terrace in Overland Park, the school used a building that was originally a radio station. 

In 1980, Midland Adventist School moved to its present location in Shawnee on Maurer Road, east of I-435. This 44-acre site includes woods and a pond. 11th and 12th grades were added consecutively in 1996 and 1997, and the first senior graduation took place in May 1998. Currently, Midland is a co-educational K-12th grade school complete with a gymnasium, library, cafeteria, science lab and computer center, as well as athletics and music pro­grams. Midland offers a Christ-centered curriculum to approximately 155 students.

Midland currently serves the constituents of the Chapel Oaks (Shawnee, KS), New Haven (Overland Park, KS), and West Lenexa (Lenexa, KS) Seventh-day Adventist churches, as well as students from the surrounding communities.

Midland is accredited by the following bodies: The North American Division Commission on Accreditation of the Accrediting Association of Seventh-day Adventist Schools, Colleges, and Universities, Inc. and NCPSA (National Council for Private School Accreditation). We are also a member of KAIRS (Kansas Association of Independent and Religious Schools).

The following notes regarding the 18th Street Church School are courtesy of Lila Davis Shawver:

   At one time the school was located at 2844 N. 12th Street (north of Quindaro Blvd & 10th St). Peter W. Peters was teacher from 1930-1938, and lived behind the school at 2841 Roosevelt. I attended this school from 1936-1938. 
   Mary Wakefield came later as teacher. She was a member at the 18th St. Church from November 1945 to October 1951. Her son Gene Wakefield married Sarah Jane Gaelitzer, and her daughter Iris married Henry Darrell. Iris taught the church school for several years [ed. 1963-1964 for example]; the school was probably in the church basement. During the time that Elder Meyers was pastor, Iris was instrumental in getting an addition/expansion added to the church building.

Daddy of the Mustang

Back in the 1990s, Midland's logo was a four-part black and white shield, with a small mustang in one corner. Wanting a more lively logo, Midland asked Tom Michaud to create a new symbol, and the familiar Mustang-and-cross was born.

Mr. Michaud is currently an assistant professor of web design at Andrews University, and published his first textbook, Foundations of Web Design: Introduction to HTML and CSS, in 2013. For more information on Tom and his new book, continuing reading here.

One would hope that somewhere in the book there might just be a small, red and black mustang!