When Carl Zello died April 10 at the age of 93, he left a legacy to the students at Heritage Academy.
In 1968, when a group of parents was looking for land on which to build a school, Zello donated 10 acres five miles west of Hagerstown for the school.
After the Supreme Court voted to remove prayer and Bible reading from public schools in 1968, a group of parents began to meet for prayer and to discuss the possibilities of beginning a Christian school in the Hagerstown area.
As they prayed for God's direction, they began contacting already-established Christian schools in other states to gather necessary information.
That was the beginning of Heritage Academy.
The school founders hired Principal William Vimont and Administrator James Billings. Billings began visiting local churches to present the idea of a Christian school and to share what would be needed if it were to become a reality.