Farrell Ackley Memorial Scholarship Fund

The Farrell Ackley Memorial Scholarship Fund, established in 2009 to honor the memory of a dear friend, teacher, coach and colleague.

Farrell Ackley came to The Summit in 1972 as Social Studies teacher and dean of the new Boys Upper School. In that year’s Rostrum, when asked for self-appraisal, he quipped that he was “a warm loveable Thomas Jefferson fan … who thinks school should be fun for the students and that subjects taught should be those that interest them.”

Mr. Ackley left his indelible imprint on the school in a variety of ways. In the spring of 1972 when the Upper School was admitting boys for the first time, he and the principal met with the new boys and decided on the colors of blue and silver, as well as the Silver Knight mascot – unique in Ohio. He also designed the boys’ winter uniforms. In 1973, he started the first Upper School football program and remained coach until 1987. He was honored as the Enquirer Coach of the Year and twice coached 10-0 seasons. In May 2009, The Summit named the home-team sideline in honor of his long stewardship of the team.

At the beginning of his tenure, Mr. Ackley introduced the idea of inquiry learning to the teaching of social studies and spent several decades inspiring students to read beyond the textbook, to immerse themselves in primary sources and to come to their own conclusions regarding historical truth. During his nearly 40 years at The Summit, he mentored hundreds of students. When he died in 2010, the Summit flag flew at half-staff.

Today, the Ackley Historical Inquiry and Civic Awareness Award is given annually to one junior and one senior. The annual Upper School Talent Show supports the Farrell Ackley Scholarship Fund.

The following students have received a Summit Upper School education thanks to the Farrell Ackley Scholarship.

Lennox Brooks ’17

Macrae R. Durban '20


Farrell Ackley

If you would like to contribute to this scholarship, donations may be made via credit card through a secure online site by clicking the Donate Now button. Or you may mail your check to The Summit, c/o The Development Office, 2161 Grandin Roac, Cincinnati, OH 45208. Please note that it is for the Farrell Ackley scholarship. You may also contact Sandy Champlin at (513) 871-4700 ext. 244.