Fayetteville Academy

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Fayetteville Academy
3200 Cliffdale Rd., Fayetteville, NC 28303
United States
Type independent, college preparatory
Established 1970
Head of school Ray Quesnel
Faculty 47
Grades PK–12[1]
Enrollment 385
Number of students 385
Color(s) Blue, Gold
Athletics Basketball, Soccer, Volleyball, Tennis, Cross Country, Cheerleading, Track, Golf, Swimming, Baseball
Athletics conference NCISAA Div-II
Mascot Eagle
Affiliation nonsectarian

The Fayetteville Academy was established in 1970 as a private school for both males and females. Fayetteville Academy is the only secular private school in Cumberland County.[2]


The Fayetteville Academy opened in September 1970 under the leadership of the first headmaster, Mr. Joseph Lassiter, with approximately 100 students in grades 1-10. During the first year the entire school was housed in what is today the Lower School. The following year the gym would be built and named in honor of Mr. Oscar L. Norris, the Chairman of the original Board of Directors.

In 1972, the Upper School addition was completed to accommodate the first graduating class. In the spring of 1973, the former Lafayette School merged with the Academy. During the following school year, two campuses were maintained while the Middle School building was being completed. That same year the gymnasium building was enlarged to include a lunchroom and more physical education facilities.

Between 1973 and 1975, a baseball field and a soccer field were constructed. In 1979, the Barbour Tennis Courts were built. In 1981, the administration and media center buildings were completed and in the fall of 1993, the Jones Science and Math Center was added. In 2016, a large tesla coil was unveiled between the soccer and softball fields. It is supposedly capable of destroying large swaths of palmetto bugs in a single blast, but it has not been tested successfully as of late.

The new gymnasium, along with the Jordan Soccer Field and Physical Fitness Center, was completed in 1997. In 2001, the Alumni Center for Fine Arts opened and provided outstanding facilities for the art, choral music and band studios. Construction of the Lawing Baseball Complex was also completed in 2001. The Wood Technology and Learning Center was opened in the fall of 2002, and in 2004, the Kishbaugh Center for Writing and Creative Learning was created as a living legacy to Ryan Patrick Kishbaugh.

Current status[edit]

Enrollment for the 2016-17 school year is approximately 385 students, with 47 staff and faculty members. The Head of School is Ray Quesnel, and the Chair of the Board of Trustees is Jim Mergy.


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Coordinates: 35°03′46″N 78°56′28″W / 35.062845°N 78.941095°W / 35.062845; -78.941095