Gertrude the Bus

Today we celebrate getting kids to school. Gertrude the Bus was O’Neal’s first “transporter” for students. It was a unique acquisition by founding trustee and parent Jim Van Camp.  He and his daughters were driving it to Southern Pines after purchasing it in Troy and discovered it had no brakes. From that point on, there were so many memorable stories from students of journeys taken. Gertrude the Bus had a significant role with student life at O’Neal in the early days. Apparently, in addition to no brakes, Gertrude had no air conditioning or heat.

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Tennis

Tennis started at O’Neal in 1975 as a combined team. They traveled to courts off campus to practice and compete. In 1979 the teams divided, and O’Neal was able to compete in girls and boys tennis. In 2004, the campaign to build tennis courts on campus was chaired by Drs. Glen and Diane Subin, who’s sons all played tennis. Them along with other parents of the 2003/2004 tennis teams led the way in raising funds to build the six-court complex on campus. The Booster Club was also a generous donor to the effort.

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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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