Performing Arts

The O’Neal Players will be performing Schoolhouse Rock Live! Jr. this weekend for the School’s annual musical. Though the lower school students were unable to be included this year, due to the COVID-19 protocols, students from the Middle and Upper Schools are ready to perform! This event will mark the fifth annual all-school musical in recent years.

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Student Leadership

Through the years, O’Neal has experimented with student governments and leadership programs. In 1975, when Wallace O’Neal Day School served students in grade 3-10, there was a Lower School Senate (grades 3-7) and an Upper School Senate (grades 8-10). Both divisions held full blown student elections for their governing groups. In 1986 there was evidence of class presidents and a student government association in the Upper School and the Lower School retained the Lower School Senate structure. For a few years after, the student government association was called the Advisory Council. The 1987/88 school year saw the creation of an official middle school division. By the 1990’s standard student government structures existed in the Upper and Middle School, with the Lower School sticking to a Senate.

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The O’Neal Trail

When studying the westward expansion, life on the Oregon Trail is hard to imagine. But for O’Neal second and fifth graders, a glimpse of traveling over uncivilized territory was experienced firsthand. An event the parents, teachers and students looked forward to every year, The O’Neal Trail was “traveled” for 22 years!

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The Global Front

As we approach our spring break, we are reminded of what would typically be a time for student travel abroad. Though we are soon to experience our second consecutive spring break with no student trips in light of the COVID-19 pandemic, we can reflect on O’Neal’s long history of giving its students opportunities for global awareness and immersion into other cultures.

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Celebrating 50 Benefits

What do puppies, quilts, wine collections and raffles have in common? You will experience them all at nearly every annual O’Neal Benefit. “Common” is not a typical word used as of late and as we trudge through a historic pandemic, we turn a new leaf and for the first time ever, we host our 50th benefit online and virtual.

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It’s Official!

February 18, 1971 – Fifty years ago today, the articles of incorporation for Sandhills Independent School Corporation were signed and later filed on February 22nd. Endorsed by three representatives of the 14-member Board of Trustees, it was full steam ahead to have Wallace O’Neal Day School up and running by the fall. The initial Board of Trustees as listed in the articles of incorporation were: Edward T. “Ted” Taws, Jr, Robert C. Fisher, A.B. Hardee, Mrs. William P. Davis, Warwick Fay Neville, Mrs. Mary Toerge, Mrs. William R. Bonsal, III, Dr. Charles W. Lowry, Mrs. Robert S. Ewing, William Durward P. Grady, Mrs. Robert L. Huffines, Jr., Capt. Asbury Coward, III, Dr. Cecil H. Neville, Jr., and Earl Hubbard.

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