Hal Moore Leadership Academy

Auburn High School

"There is always one more thing you can do to increase your odds of success."--General Hal Moore
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The focus of the Hal Moore Leadership Academy at Auburn High School is for students to understand the meaning of leadership and what makes a strong leader. Students research and learn from the past and present world, community, and local leaders. As well, instruction focuses on organization, communication, and other skills that will enhance students’ understanding of his/her own leadership capabilities. Finally, students are asked to look for ways to improve the world around through service-learning and encouraging positive relationships with peers, faculty and staff, to live with integrity, and encourage others.

About General Hal Moore...

Hal Moore is best known for the Battle of Ia Drang, well-detailed in his 1992 book We Were Soldiers Once… And Young, which was made into a movie in 2002, entitled We Were Soldiers. The Battle of Ia Drang began in November 1965 when 450 men of the 1st Battalion, 7th Cavalry were dropped by helicopter into a small clearing in the Ia Drang Valley, South Vietnam. Unbeknownst to Moore and his commanders, this clearing was adjacent to more than 4,000 North Vietnamese soldiers, who quickly surrounded the small unit. Encircled by enemy soldiers with no clear landing zone that would allow them to leave, Lieutenant Colonel Moore managed to persevere despite overwhelming odds that led to a sister battalion only two-and-a-half miles away being massacred. Moore's dictum that "there is always one more thing you can do to increase your odds of success" and the perseverance and courage of his entire command are credited with this astounding outcome.


The Purpose of the Academy...

The Hal Moore Leadership Academy focuses on each student's character leadership (wellness of body, mind, and soul), leadership purpose (setting personal and professional goals and objectives), and leadership governance (private and public sector influence).  The program's goal is to enhance these student leadership qualities with the unlimited potential of advanced thinking, independence, competence, and self-confidence in a student's ability to learn by serving others.






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