History

 

1979

 

The Oakridge School was formed by a group of concerned parents and educators who wanted to provide a quality education for their children and for future generations.


Handley United Methodist Church (1979-1982)

In 1979, enrollment began with 85 students in Pre-K through 8th grade. The education building at Handley United Methodist Church served as the main campus while land was acquired and construction began on a permanent campus. 

1981

New Headmaster

Andy J. Broadus was appointed Headmaster.

 

 

1981

House on Meadowbrook Drive (1981-1982)

By its third year, the Oakridge School was growing and began offering enrollment through 10th grade. The upper school classes were held at the house on Meadowbrook Drive, affectionately known as “Taco Bell.”

1982

Handley Middle School Building (1982-1987)

As the school continued to grow, a larger campus was needed. The Handley Middle School provided the space on a temporary basis.

1984

 
 
 
 
 
Early Childhood Center

In the fall of 1984, the Early Childhood Center opened.

The ECC opened with three pre-kindergarten classes and three kindergarten classes.

1985

 
 
 
 
 
The Upper School

The Upper School moved to the permanent campus in the fall of 1985.

1985

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
The First Graduates

In 1985, seven students became the first Oakridge graduates.

 

1986

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Lower School, Middle School, and the Student Activity Center

The Lower School, Middle School, and the SAC opened for the 1986-87 school year. These buildings completed the move to the permanent campus.

 

1989

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
The Oakridge School Flag

The Oakridge flag is raised for the first time at the 10th birthday celebration.

 

1993

 
 
 
 
 
ECC Extension

The extension allowed the ECC to offer classes to 3-year-old students.

1994

 
Multi-Purpose Activity Center

The MAC was built to provide extra athletic space and to serve as a Fine Arts performance area.

In May 1995, the MAC was dedicated as the Amon G. Carter Activity Center.

1998

 
 
 
 
 
Extension to the Lower School

The extension was built to provide a space for foreign language and a state-of-the-art technology lab.

1999

 
 
 
 
 
Information Center and Fine Arts Center

The Information Center was completed in December 1999 and houses the library and the technology lab.

The Fine Arts Center was completed in May 2000 providing 32,000 sq. ft. dedicated to the arts. The Performance Hall has a 400 seat capacity.

2000

 
 
 
 
 
Garden

The Garden area was established to provide an outdoor classroom dedicated to horticulture.

2002

 
 
 
 
 
National Wetlands

The National Wetlands Project was completed in 2002 and is a nationally protected area and serves as a habitat for nature.

2005

 
 
 
 
 
Football Stadium Dedicated

The football stadium was named in memory of alumni Jeff Conatser (class of 1993).

2006

 
 
 
 
 
47.5 Acres Purchased 

The purchase of this property allowed for Oakridge to begin construction on a state-of-the-art athletic complex.

2007

 
 
President & New Headmaster

Andy Broadus was appointed as President.

Jon Kellam was appointed as Headmaster. 

 

 

2007

Security Center

The Security Center was completed in September 2007 and provides a friendly and secure welcome to the campus

2011

Quinn Family Kindergarten Center

The Kindergarten Center was completed in the summer of 2011.

It provides four innovative classrooms and a multipurpose area.

2011

 
 
 
 
 
Building Named Betty Garvin Garton Quinn Family Kindergarten Center

2012

 
Campus Named Andy J. Broadus Campus

2012

 
Building Named John P. Flavin Fine Arts Center

2014

Frank Field Opens at the Oakridge Athletic Complex

2017 and Beyond

 
The Oakridge School - Looking Ahead to the Future…

Over the past 35 years, the Oakridge family has strived to maintain the core values set forth by the founding families.

It was and continues to be our mission to inspire students to seek their full potential in academics, the arts, and athletics in a challenging and nurturing environment that cultivates social responsibility, mutual respect, and personal integrity.

Our vision for the future is to attain national recognition as a college preparatory school that provides educational excellence grounded in responsible character development and ethical leadership.

“The Oakridge School… a school like no other!”

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