Sharing Stories about Oakridge's Past, Present, and Future  


Dr. Richard Enos, a retired Oakridge Regent, Alumni Parent, and TCU Professor, reflects on our school's mission, which seeks to bring out the best version of each and every student.

Early founders of The Oakridge School talk about how the story all began in 1979.

Retired Head of School and President Andy Broadus is known for his favorite word, empathy. Listen to why he says that one word will never let you down.

Nancy O'Shea, a lifetime member of the Board of Regents, discusses the early days of Oakridge and our school mission.


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.

From the moment most people step onto our campus, they remark about its beauty. Head of School Jon Kellam reflects on his first time seeing Oakridge and discusses the current outlook.  

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.

Educator Ashley Read has a unique perspective. The "Alpha and Omega" Owl talks about what it is like to be a student, alumna, parent and staff member at Oakridge.

Choosing a school that is a good fit is important. Longtime French teacher Debbe Sable explains how "fit" factored into her children's success at Oakridge.

Businessman, former pro athlete, and alumnus Jay Fitzgerald talks about Oakridge's commitment to preparing students for college and life.

Longtime teacher Jana Kurrasch sees something special in every child. She's just one of the many Oakridge educators who make the difference in our students' lives.

Oakridge's diverse community includes many international students. College Advising Coordinator, Parent, and Alumnus Paulo da Silva, talks about his journey to Oakridge.

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.

Culture is everything. Oakridge Regent and Parent Michael Heiskell discusses 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.

He captured thousands of stories through his lens. Retired School Photographer Monte Borders reflects on the moments that mattered most to him at Oakridge.

Corliss Elsesser is a founding Faculty Member and Oakridge Parent. She experienced a lot during her time in education, but see why she calls Oakridge "one of the most special schools" that she's ever been involved with and how Oakridge prepared her daughter for a top college.

It takes commitment to achieve almost anything, including opening a new school. Founding Parent Susy Sportsman discusses the dedicated individuals who gave their all to Oakridge.

While much has changed since the opening of Oakridge, the heart and soul of who we are has not. Head of School Jon Kellam and Retired Headmaster and President Andy Broadus explain.

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