POINT LOOKOUT, Mo - In 1906 School of the Ozarks was founded by Reverend James Forsythe near the town of Forsyth. It served 180 high school students; then in 1956 the school added two years of junior college.
In September 1965 it became a four year college and in 1990 the name was changed to College of the Ozarks. Beginning this August, School of the Ozarks, a thing of the past; is about to become a thing of the future.
They're turning the R.M. Good Memorial Center into their new College Prep High School; School of the Ozarks. School Administrators say the new school will have the same old mission they always have; and the 'Hard Work U' label still applies. "Gratefully we already have an auditorium and there's classroom space," says Dean of Character Education Sue Head as she shows off the blueprints for the new building.
Head has high hopes for their new college prep high school. "The purpose of this school is to provide an education in that spiritual formation that we want high school students to be able to have," says Head, "We want this to be different and a very hands on environment for these high school students and that's what they are going to get and we think this is a unique opportunity in all of this region."
With an emphasis on what made College of the Ozarks so successful; hard work. "We have the chance to show them what's really great about America and teach them those things that are foundational for their education. Heavy emphasis on Reading, Writing, Math, Science, the basic things you would get in high school, but school of the Ozarks will be infused with Biblical World view and Patriotism."