What does academy means and where does it come from?
The ancient Greek historian Plutarch wrote that the Athenian king Theseus (the slayer of the Minotaur) abducted the beautiful 12-year-old Helen of Troy (long before she married Menelaus, met Paris and was the cause of the Trojan War). Due to this outrage, her twin brothers Castor and Pollux invaded Attica to liberate their sister and threatened to destroy Athens. One local bloke called Akademos spared the city by telling them where she was (hidden at Aphidnae).
For this, Akademos was venerated by the city as a saviour. Long story short, Akademos owned an olive trees orchard, which was called, guess what, Academia. The place was later chosen by Greek philosopher Plato to talk with his followers and give his lectures, and thus arose the phrase “the garden of Academe”. Due to this, Akademos’ name has been linked to the archaic name for the site of Plato’s Academy, the Hekademeia, outside the walls of Athens.
Nowadays, there are Academies (read schools) everywhere in the world. We even have one in Warrnambool: the Robotics Academy.