Join us in celebrating a century of academic excellence! Oak Knoll is proud to mark its 100th anniversary and we invite you to be a part of this historic moment. With a rich history of providing quality education and shaping the future of countless students, our school has stood the test of time and emerged as the leader for transformative Catholic education in our community.
Celebrating 100 Years of Holy Child Education at Oak Knoll
As we reflect on the past 100 years, we are grateful for the generations of students, teachers, and families who have contributed to our school’s cherished legacy. To honor this milestone, we have planned a series of events and activities that will bring together current students, alumni, and the wider community.
From alumni gatherings to special exhibitions and fun-filled activities, we have something for everyone to enjoy. This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to reconnect with old friends, make new memories, and be a part of our school’s history.
Don’t miss this chance to be a part of our school’s 100th anniversary celebration. We look forward to welcoming you and celebrating this momentous occasion together!
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Share Your Stories
As we prepare to celebrate our school’s 100th anniversary, we invite all alumni to share their memories and experiences with us. From your time in the classroom to memorable moments outside of it, we want to hear your stories and celebrate Oak Knoll’s impact on your lives.
Your stories are a testament to our school’s rich history and traditions, and we want to preserve them for future generations. Whether you have a funny anecdote, a touching memory, or an inspiring story of how our school helped shape your future, we want to hear it all.
To share your story, simply fill out our online form or send us an email. Stories that adhere to our guidelines for submission will be featured on our website and considered for our special anniversary publication.
Six Sisters of the Holy Child Jesus and seven lay teachers crossed the Atlantic to transform Summit’s Larned Estate into Oak Knoll School of the Holy Child. Their dedication to “Simplicity, Humility and Charity” began with the education of 17 children who became Oak Knoll’s “pioneer” students when they entered on September 24, 1924.
After World War II, new buildings were needed as enrollment increased and programs developed. In 1954, Bonaventura Hall was constructed for the elementary grades, and in 1956, construction on the new Upper School, Connelly Hall, was completed.
Under the direction of a Strategic Plan, Oak Knoll modernizes its campus with renovations to Grace Hall, including state-of-the-art science laboratories, evidence of Oak Knoll’s early commitment to women in science.
Renovation and growth characterized the ’90s — the renovation of the Lower School’s Bonaventura Hall Library in 1992; the addition of the Tisdall Hall athletic complex and expansion of the Upper School’s Hope Memorial Library in 1993; the renovation of Grace Hall Chapel in 1994; the completion of the Mother Campion Center for the Performing Arts in 1995; and modernization of the Aileen Maury Dining Hall in 1997.
To ensure the preservation of Oak Knoll’s rich Holy Child heritage for future generations of students, the board of trustees announced the establishment of the Acorn Fund Endowment Campaign. This long-term development effort continues to raise vital funding for Oak Knoll’s endowment, providing the financial reserves necessary to sustain a student body reflective of today’s world.
Building for the future of athletics, Oak Knoll begins to acquire property in Chatham to develop an athletic complex.
Oak Knoll opens a 13-acre complex in Chatham, affording the school a field house and two multi-purpose playing fields.
From its modest beginnings, Oak Knoll’s current enrollment now exceeds 500 students. Growth and change continue to be evident at Oak Knoll as the school endeavors to fulfill Cornelia Connelly’s exhortation to “meet the wants of the age.” Cornelia Connelly’s educational philosophy, dedicated to the growth of the whole child “in all learning and all virtues,” has guided Oak Knoll School of the Holy Child throughout its nine decades of existence, providing over 2,000 young women and men with an excellent foundation for lives of achievement, service, and fulfillment. In 2012 and 2013, as part of a $12 million Inspiring Action capital campaign, Oak Knoll’s visual and performing arts facilities in both the Lower and Upper schools were renovated. The Lower School science lab and Upper School science wings were upgraded.