A lot of famous and innovative people in history have called Elgin, Illinois home at one point in their lives.
This is because of the incredible education system in the area.
The Elgin Academy is one of the oldest and most revered institutions in America, and for generations it has schooled the best and the brightest this country has to offer. I know a lot about local history, but I never attended the Elgin Academy. Who could afford it? I come from a blue collar family, so while I love to read and fill my mind with knowledge, I will always be an HVAC tech. This is what my family does, historically speaking, so it behooves me to be enthusiastic about the family business. Over the last 30 years we have become the most successful heating and cooling company in Elgin. I am fascinated by the Elgin Academy and its proven record of success, but it doesn’t have anything to offer me. One day I will be running this HVAC company, so maybe I can retire early and enroll in the Elgin Academy as a senior citizen! Every member of my family that has run this HVAC company has moved away from Elgin as soon as they retired. And every subsequent member retires a little bit earlier. I want to follow in those footsteps, and move from Elgin to someplace on a tropical island, and I want to do it as quickly as possible. I love Elgin, and I am good at HVAC work, but I would rather sit on the beach and read books.