The Orme School of Arizona
|School type||Private Boarding & Day School|
|Headmaster||Dr. Michael G. Gemma
city = Mayer state = Arizona
|Color(s)||Red and white |
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 enrolls 120 students from 12 U.S. states and 11 countries. The international students comprise more than 40% of the school's enrollment. Many of the 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.
The school expanded and facilities were added and improved. Charles H. Orme, Jr. became the school's 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.
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, the Buck Hart Horsecollar Theater, the Morton Orme Memorial Chapel, the Center for Teaching and Learning, Lecture Hall, the Burns Health Center, and seventeen residence halls.
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, a lighted rodeo arena, four tennis courts, an English equestrian arena, an outdoor swimming pool, and 100 miles of wilderness riding trails.
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. The school's boys' basketball team went undefeated and won the AIA 1A state title in 2011, 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 is leaving the AIA and joining the Charter Athletic Association for the 2012-2013 school year.
Orme School team sports include football, volleyball, cross country, basketball, softball, baseball, tennis, and track and field.