What do basketball games, pep rallies, homecoming parades, and community fun runs have in common? — Cheerleaders! Records show O’Neal having a cheer team starting in 1974. There have been a few years O’Neal cheerleaders have not been on the scene, but for the most part O’Neal’s cheerleaders have the floor for our famous pep rallies. They perform awesome routines, especially for “Silent Night” and Homecoming games. They lead the way for homecoming parades and were the best motivators for O’Neal runners during the former beloved Reindeer Run held in Aberdeen every year. Most of all, those students who participate on an O’Neal cheer team have great memories to last them a lifetime.

“A good cheerleader is not measured by the height of their jumps but by the span of their spirits.” ~ Unknown

Falcons Fly to 50

O’Neal is excited to share its history with readers as it quickly nears its 50th year in educating and cultivating youth in becoming successful, effective contributors to communities large and small. The official celebration starts school year 2021/2022. This weekly blog will focus on different aspects of the School as it grew through the years. With every entry, there is just as much more information to gather than what is already written. Readers who have been a part of the O’Neal community are encouraged to reach out and share their O’Neal memories. It is with great hope that the efforts of many in contributing information and photography can be published into a book for reflection and reference as the School continues to prosper for the next 50 years.

Please send your memoirs and photos to:
The O’Neal School
c/o Kathy Taylor, Director of Communications
P.O. Box 290
Southern Pines, NC 28388

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