The academy admitted young men and women in the higher grades to prepare them for college or business. Both founders had served on the faculty of Cumberland College in Lebanon, Tennessee before coming to Birmingham. By 1888 the school had an enrollment of 100 students.
- Nathan Miller, Lieutenant Governor of Alabama
- Frank Yeilding, founder of Yeilding's department store
- Charles Whelan Jr, physician
- North Alabama (Illustrated) (1888) Birmingham: Southern Commercial Publishing Co.