Camden Military Academy (CMA), the official military academy of South Carolina, will celebrate a huge milestone this spring: 60 years of operation. Last fall marked the 60th school-year registration at CMA, and 2019 seniors will march across the stage in May for the 60th presentation of diplomas.
While CMA’s roots extend back to 1892, the academy has operated on the current campus since the 1958-1959 school year. Col. James Risher owned Carlisle Military School in Bamberg. Risher operated Carlisle at capacity and had a tremendous opportunity to extend the Carlisle experience to more young men by opening CMA in Camden. Risher’s son, Col. Lanning Risher, opened CMA in 1958.