Perry W. Lindsey
Role Model and Trailblazer
Recognized as a role model and trailblazer, Perry W. Lindsey became Long Beach's first African-American principal in the 1960's, more than 20 years after he served as one of WWll's famed and highly decorated Tuskegee Airmen.
Born in New Albany, Indiana, Lindsey was a gifted athlete. After graduating from Corydon High School in southern Indiana, he attended Indiana State Teacher's College. His studies were interrupted in 1941 by America's entry into WWll.
Drafted into the US Air Corps, he became one of the select few servicemen chosen for an experimental new program to train African-American fighter pilots and crews for dangerous combat missions. This elite group, known as the Tuskegee Airmen, became one of the most highly decorated units of war. He flew combat missions again during the Korean conflict from 1951 to 1953.
Following his service in Korea, Lindsey and his wife, Evelyn, moved to Long Beach. He taught at Eugene Field and Roosevelt Elementary schools before becoming vice principal at Roosevelt and Burnett Elementary schools.
In 1969, he became the first African-American principal when he was appointed to the leadership post at College Intermediate School. He later served as principal at Whittier Elementary School. He was also director of compensatory education for the district before retiring in 1987.
Perry W. Lindsey died in 2004 at the age of 81, leaving a legacy of excellence that continues to inspire educators, students and anyone who values hard work, determination and courage.
Perry Lindsey Academy is a neighborhood school nestled off a cul-de-sac located in north Long Beach. The main office building was constructed in 1952, and the school was remodeled in 2014 and finished in 2018, with the addition of a brand-new gymnasium, locker rooms, remodeled auditorium and cafeteria, and air-conditioned rooms.
Lindsey Academy has a total student population of approximately 750. School Site Council, English Language Advisory Council, and local community business partners provide support for a variety of programs serving the needs of a diverse student population and the surrounding community.
Lindsey Academy's vision is to prepare every student to be high-school, college-, and career ready. Lindsey is a community of dedicated teachers, staff, parents and students who work together as partners to develop inquiring, knowledgeable, caring young people who actively seek understanding through respect. Our students learn to be life-long learners and continue striving for constant improvement by developing a growth mindset. Lindsey has strong partnerships with the local high schools aligned with the Health Sciences Pathways. Lindsey is one of the only middle schools in the state that is a certified HOSA chapter, Health Occupations Student Association.
At Lindsey we believe:
• All students can learn by receiving a high-quality instruction aligned to the Common Core State Standards
• All students are entitled to a safe and secure school environment.
• All students deserve a quality education which acknowledges and celebrates diversity.
• The staff will engage in systematic collaboration to determine and respond to areas of focus
• Parent engagement and communication promote the learning process.
• Students will be prepared for college and careers
Lindsey Academy offers many elective classes such as: orchestra, band, chorus, Long Beach Scholars, Male and Female Leadership Academies, Robotics, Forensics, Computers, Yearbook, and student council. Moreover, students participate in competitive district-sponsored sports teams, in which Lindsey have claimed League and/or All City Championships in previous years.
Lindsey Academy focuses on educating well-round, caring and contributing
members in not only their community but to the ever-growing technological and global society.
Our school partners with WRAP of Long Beach to provide an after-school program for students. The program offers three hours of after-school care for students in grades 6-8; providing one hour each of enrichment, academic support, and physical activity. Lindsey teachers also supervise additional after school "Homework House" to provide students a safe, quiet place to do their homework and/or seek assistance.
Through the efforts by all stakeholders, Lindsey is continuously seeking improvement in all academic areas, attendance, and climate/culture. Based on state test scores, there has been some growth over the last few years in ELA, while math scores have remained steady. However, the climate/culture has improved, especially with satisfaction measurements by staff and parents within the CORE survey.