Kavanaugh School.Rhoda C. Kavanaugh founded school on Woodford Street which became known as "Little Annapolis." First boarding student came to prepare for Naval Academy in 1914. From then until 1945, Mrs. Kavanaugh launched 150 future Navy officers from her "dry-land harbor." She also instructed students for West Point. Fifteen later became Army officers. Success of the school was due to her superior teaching methods. Students also received rigorous physical training coupled with stern but impartial discipline. Kavanaugh School merged with city schools in 1949.
Distinguished Naval Officers - Alumni of Kavanaugh.Admiral Edmund Tyler Wooldridge - 1920 · Vice Adm. Charles K. Duncan - 1933 · Rear Adm. John Huston Brady - 1923 · Rear Adm. (Ret) Rhodam Yarrott McElroy - 1935 · Rear Adm. (Ret) Andrew Irwin McKee - 1917 · Rear Adm. (Ret) Logan McKee - 1921 · Rear Adm. (Ret) Elliott West Shanklin - 1924 · Capt. J. Wade Adams, Jr. - 1924 · Capt. (Ret) Warfield Clay Bennett, Jr. - 1936 · Capt. Fred "Buzz" Borries, Jr. - 1935 · Capt. (Ret) James Beattie Denny - 1933 · Capt. (Ret) Hugh Murrey Durham - 1942 · Capt. (Ret) James Gilbert Franklin - 1933 · Capt. (Ret) Joseph Howard Gibbons, Jr. - 1924 · Capt. (Ret) George Russell Lee - 1935 · Capt. (Ret) Percy Anthony Lilly, Jr. - 1941 · Capt. (Ret) Malcolm Wood Pemberton - 1922 · Capt. (Ret) Hugh Trent MacKay - 1930 · Capt. (Ret) William S. Manning - 1939 · Capt. (Ret) Frank Smith - 1935 · Capt. (Ret) Ronald Francis Stultz - 1939.
Distinguished Army Officers - Alumni of Kavanaugh.Graduates of U.S. Military Academy, West Point: Maj. Gen. William Mattingly Breckinridge 1928· Brig. Gen. William Robards Buster 1939· Col. (Ret) Robert Pepper Clay 1925· Col. John Hiley Cobb, Jr. 1943· Col. (Ret) John Richard Knight 1940· Col. (Ret) Thomas Washington Woodyard 1935.
(Graduates of Kavanaugh often remarked that the academic courses and the physical discipline at this school were more strenuous than at the service academies.)