A Fascinating History of The Orme School
The Orme School is one of the very few western independent schools of high academic standing whose origins are entirely in Arizona and the West. Long–time residents of Phoenix , Ariz. , The Orme Family moved to the remote Quarter Circle V-Bar Ranch in 1929.
Faced with the problem of providing an education for their three children while operating a ranch remote from any nearby community, the Ormes arranged for the opening of a county accommodation grammar school. The number of students grew as friends in various parts of the country became interested in having their children share in the wholesome environment, home life, and outdoor living of the ranch and, at the same time, follow a rigorous college preparatory course of study.
The late 1940′s and 1950′s represented the developmental period for Orme. As Founding Headmaster, Charles H. Orme Jr. directed the physical plant design and construction of the 350-acre campus amidst the 26,000-acre working cattle ranch and farm. In 1952 the School graduated its first high school class and affirmed its objective of establishing a high–quality independent secondary school. During the early 1960′s, it was decided that the School should establish itself as an independent legal entity from the Orme Ranch. Non-profit status was accomplished in 1962.
Today, The Orme School of Arizona has nearly 150 students and is building a dynamic future physically, socially and spiritually. For over 80 years, the Orme School has remained committed to the founding family’s traditional educational values of trust, community, responsibility, leadership, competition, and academics. A student who attends Orme today will meet the same challenges, reach the same goals and achieve the same level of scholastic excellence as expected of the first students who attended Orme over 80 years ago. Every year at Commencement the graduating class joins the ranks of Orme alumni who for three generations have pursued their college aspirations and become strong, active citizen leaders in their community and the world.