The Orme School of Arizona

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The Orme School
Orme School Logo (2).png
Excellence. Tradition. Character.
Mayer, Arizona, 86333
United States
School type Private Boarding & Day School
Established 1929
Headmaster Bruce Sanborn
Enrollment 100 students
Color(s) Red and white [1]
Mascot Warriors

The Orme School is a private boarding and day college preparatory school for grades 8 through 12 in Mayer, Arizona, USA. It is located along Ash Creek and surrounded by public land and an operating cattle ranch. Its symbol is the "Quarter Circle V Bar", a name once used for the school and cattle ranch. In 1929, it began as a one-room school with seven students from the area's ranches. It currently enrolls 100 students from 12 U.S. states and 11 countries. International students comprise more than 33% of the school's enrollment.[2] Many international parents send their students here to master the English language and possibly go to an American college.


In 1929, Charles H. Orme, Sr. and Minna Vrang Orme (inducted into the Arizona Women's Hall of Fame in 1989) left their dairy farm in Phoenix and bought a ranch in the high grassland of central Arizona. Both graduates of Stanford University, the Ormes believed in the necessity of a good education. To educate their three children and those of the ranch employees, they opened a one-room school in an old ranch house that same year.[3] That same ranch house, called "Old Adobe" continues to stand on the school grounds and is still in use as an English classroom. [4][5]

The school expanded and facilities were added and improved. Charles H. Orme, Jr. became the School's first Headmaster in 1945; he accelerated the growth of the institution when he decided to make the School a college preparatory boarding school. In 1962, the School was incorporated as a not-for-profit institution governed by a Board of Trustees. Mr. Bruce A. Sanborn is now the School's 10th Headmaster.

The school's symbol, pictured above, is the historic brand of the Orme Ranch, which surrounds the school on three sides. Called the "Quarter Circle V Bar", it has been the brand of the ranch and the symbol of the school since their founding. It is a registered brand with the State of Arizona's Department of Agriculture.[6][3]


The Orme School campus, amidst the ranch, is set on 0.5 square miles (320 acres). The campus consists of the Phillips Library, the Willits Gymnasium, Student Commons, Founders' Dining Hall, the Old Main Administration Building, Buck Hart Horsecollar Theater, Morton Vrang Orme Memorial Chapel, Center for Teaching and Learning, Lecture Hall, Burns Health Center, Mosher Math and Humanities Center, Mosher Science and Math Center, and seventeen residence halls.[5]

Classrooms include a planetarium, smart classroom, four science labs, a greenhouse, a photography darkroom, a computer center, four art studios, and a music room.

Athletic facilities include the Willits Gymnasium, a lighted football field, baseball, softball, and soccer fields, five tennis courts, paintball arena, fitness center, and an outdoor swimming pool. The school's extensive equestrian facilities include a lighted rodeo arena with stock chutes, an English equestrian arena, 15 fenced grazing pastures, 25 private stalls in the "Mare Motel", 2 round pens, a modern tack room, and 26,000 acres of wilderness riding trails.[5]


The school's athletic's programs has been within the Arizona Independent Athletic Association of independent and private schools and later in the Arizona Interscholastic Association. Our boys' football team won the CAA State Championship in the fall of 2013. The school's boys' basketball team went undefeated and won the AIA 1A state title in 2011,[7] with a starting lineup composed of two Turkish students, one from England, one from Switzerland, and one from China. The use of international players at Orme and at Westwind Preparatory Academy, another basketball school that won a state title in 2011, forced the AIA to change its rules about those students. In response, Orme left the AIA and joined the Canyon Athletic Association (AZCAA).[8]

Orme School team sports include football, volleyball, cross country, basketball (girls and boys), softball, baseball, soccer, and track and field. [9]