The Falcons

How did we become the Falcons? Pretty simple, there was a vote. In 1972 when sports started at Wallace O’Neal Day School, Headmaster Bob Haarlow asked the students what they would like for a team name. It was narrowed down to The Minutemen and The Falcons. There was a vote among the student body and The Falcons won.

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Field Day

Tug of war at private school field day 2021

Field Day!  The whole school divides into two teams. Relays and other competitive activities earn points for each team and the points are totaled at the end of the field day event to determine the winner. It is an annual occurrence that happens in the spring, close to the end of the school year, though when it began, back in 1974 it happened in the fall.

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O’Neal Runners

The varsity boys track team won the state championship a few weeks ago. The headlines read, “first time ever champions” – we were wrong. There is very little written about the boys state title earned in 2005, but we’ve recently discovered it happened. It’s amazing what our track and field teams have accomplished since the sport started at O’Neal 23 years ago and yet still – without a track.

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First Graduates

In a little more than a week, O’Neal will be holding its 44th annual commencement. For the first time in a long time, it will be held outside on campus with a private audience consisting of the families of our graduates, faculty and staff. Cameron Compton Sadler ’84 will be the commencement speaker.

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May Dedications

This year on Saturday, May 22nd there will be a small gathering to recognize the upper school scholarship recipients as well as commemorate the 10th year anniversary of the dedication of the Hannah Marie Bradshaw Activities Center as well as the 20th year anniversary of the groundbreaking ceremony for Bradshaw Hall which was named in memory of Helen Marie Bradshaw, the mother of Stan Bradshaw.

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The Blackbird’s Eye

Tuesday, May 18th O’Neal will hold its annual dedication ceremony of the Blackbird’s Eye – a literary publication featuring poetry, prose and art of students from all three divisions over this school year. The first issue was in 1974, only two years after the School opened and though it may have changed its look and some content, the publication has withstood the test of time.

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Golf

O’Neal Varsity Boys Golf team won their conference championship this week and seventh-grade student Jack Halloran won medalist honors, all-conference, and Conference Player of the Year. The Falcons have been fortunate to carry strong golf teams throughout its history. In all fairness, when world-renowned golf courses are a stone’s throw away, a private school within the vicinity of the capital of golf in the United States oftentimes can produce a young stellar golf team.

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Science Olympiad

The Scrambler Event at O'Neal's first Invitational tournament.

O’Neal’s varsity Science Olympiad team will be participating in the state competition this weekend. The tournament will take place via the satellite method – where the team can work together at their school and compete with the other teams virtually. Though O’Neal’s middle school has made multiple team and individual state appearances, this marks the first time the entire varsity team, comprised of students in the Upper School, has qualified for state competition.

We wish them the best this weekend!

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