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The History of The Oakwood School

In early 1996, 42 founding families committed resources to create a non-sectarian, independent school in Pitt County. On April 2, 1996, under the leadership of Barbara Packer Brown, the first Board of Trustees was elected and The Oakwood School officially came into existence. The Oakwood School mission at its inception was the same one that exists today: The Oakwood School seeks to instill in our students the strength of character, the creativity, and the wisdom to make a difference in the world. Oakwood opened its doors on a site leased to the school by the Ironwood Golf & Country Club on September 5, 1996, with an enrollment of 42 students in kindergarten through grade 5.

In 1998, anonymous donors contributed 25 acres of land at the school’s current MacGregor Downs Road location to serve as Oakwood’s permanent home. The first two buildings -- Founders’ Hall (Lower School) and Joyner Hall (Middle School) -- were completed on June 1, 2001, and grades K through 8 moved into the new buildings that fall.

During the next five years the school’s enrollment, campus, and programs expanded and in October of 2004 the multipurpose building, Agnes Q. Monk Hall, was constructed.  Monk Hall at that time contained administrative and technology offices, a library, art studio, science lab, music room, Extended Day and Eagles’ Landing service spaces, as well as a gymnasium/performing arts stage.

Oakwood launched its Upper School with its first ninth grade in the fall of 2005. In April of 2006, the Upper School building, Clark Hall, was completed, located across the campus from the Lower and Middle School buildings and beyond the baseball and softball fields. 

In the summer of 2013 the Board approved the construction of a 6-room addition to Agnes Q. Monk Hall to expand our performing art spaces among other space needs, as well as a substantial addition to Clark Hall and expanded parking for both. The addition was completed in January 2014.

Over the 20 years of our history, the outdoor campus space has been developed to include: two playground areas; soccer, baseball and softball fields; six tennis courts, and a cross country course.

During the 2015-2016 school year, Oakwood celebrated 20 years! We now serve 400 students and offer a rich and outstanding college-preparatory curriculum with a proven and excellent college acceptance record.

View the video below to learn more about how Oakwood was started 21 years ago.