Betty Garton, who retired in June 2019 as director of the Early Childhood Center, served Oakridge for 37 years. She discusses the warm sense of family that so many of our students, faculty, and staff come to know and feel.
Choosing a school that is a good fit is important. As we celebrated 40 years, longtime French teacher, Debbe Sable, explained how "fit" factored into her children's successes at Oakridge. Debbe retired in 2020 after more than three decades at Oakridge.
He captured thousands of stories through his lens. Retired School Photographer Monte Borders reflected on the moments that mattered most to him as Oakridge marked its 40th anniversary in 2019.
From the moment most people step onto our campus, they remark about its beauty. As we celebrated our 40th anniversary in 2019, Head of School Jon Kellam reflected on his first time seeing Oakridge and discussed the school's outlook.
Businessman, former pro athlete, and alumnus Jay Fitzgerald in 2019 talked about Oakridge's commitment to preparing students for college and life.
Educator Ashley Read has a unique perspective. The "Alpha and Omega" Owls talks about what it is like to be a student, alumna, parent, and staff member at Oakridge.
Owls today enjoy a beautiful Fine Arts Performance Hall, spacious library, and well-resourced administrative offices. In the late 1990s, a capital campaign raised $6 million to make these campus staples possible. John Esch, then-campaign chair, along with his son, alumnus Gregor Esch, talk about what stands out in their minds about that special time in Oakridge history.
From the very beginning, faculty and staff worked diligently to attain accreditation and national recognition. Retired Oakridge Administrator Rick Horvath discusses the early building blocks.
While much has changed since the opening of Oakridge, the heart and soul of who we are has not. In 2019, Head of School Jon Kellam and Retired Headmaster and President Andy Broadus explained.
Corliss Elsesser is a founding Faculty Member and Alumna Parent. She experienced much during her time in education, but see why she calls Oakridge "one of the most special schools" she's ever been involved with an how Oakridge prepared her daughter for a top college.
Culture is everything. Oakridge Regent and Alumnus Parent Michael Heiskell in 2019 discussed the nurturing feeling of community that allowed him to entrust Oakridge with educating his children.
Former Regent, Staff, and Alumna Parent Marilynn DeVore reflects on her daughter's time at Oakridge, which helped her to explore her many interests and to succeed in college and beyond.
Dr. James Shadle is among the early founders who helped to set the parameters for what Oakridge would become. The former Regent, Board Chair, and Alumni Parent discusses the dreams, which are impacting students today.