Orinda Academy History
Orinda Academy founder and Head of School, Ron Graydon, opens the doors
of North Bay Secondary School Incorporated in Point Richmond, with 24
students and a small group of credentialed teachers and administrators.
This school became what is today The Marin School in San Rafael, California.
A second campus, North Bay Orinda School, opens in Orinda, California at
Wagner Ranch School, to accommodate the needs of students living in the
San Francisco East Bay.
After a decade, the school experiences growth in enrollment and course
offerings. International students begin to be accepted and an ESL program
begins. More college prep courses and electives are offered.
The school moves to its current site at 19 Altarinda Road, Orinda, with
proximity to the Orinda BART station. The facility provides ample classrooms,
science labs, office space, sports fields and transportation access to
support North Bay Orinda School’s growing student population.
A commitment is made to provide more scholarship opportunities in order
to cultivate a larger, more diverse population.
North Bay Orinda School changes its name to Orinda Academy.
Program offerings expand with the addition of two buildings that house
a fitness center with a weight room, dance studio, music room, art room
and a science lab. To better serve students’ academic needs, a learning
center with a learning specialist is added. Sports programs grow with
the creation of the Small School Bridge League, under the aegis of the
North Coast Section of the CIF.
The Small School Bridge League’s first championship trophy was awarded
to the Orinda Academy Women’s Basketball Team.
The Educational Adventures program begins.
Our growth continues and is best exemplified by the successes of our graduates
in colleges, universities and in the communities where they live and work.
Orinda Academy adds new 8th grade humanities & high school prep classroom.
International student program improved and increased.
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