History

Nestled on a 66-acre campus off Spackenkill Road in Poughkeepsie, Oakwood Friends School has roots that can be traced back more than two centuries. New York’s oldest co-educational boarding and day school, Oakwood remains true to its founding principles that students learn best within a diverse community dedicated to collaboration, social responsibility and high academic standards. Early students included Danial Anthony, father of Susan B. Anthony and Lucretia Mott, the noted abolitionist, woman’s rights activist and social reformer. Oakwood’s first international students arrived in 1860 and in 1934 Oakwood admitted its first black students. Today, Oakwood continues its strong commitment to diversity with students from nine countries, multiple states and surrounding New York towns.

Nine Partners School

1796
New York Yearly Meeting founded
Nine Partners School
outside of Millbrook NY.

Lucretia Mott

1810
Lucretia Coffin Mott, noted abolitionist and
woman rights activist graduates.

Oakwood Friends School 1921

1920
A.H. Lane Auditorium, first building constructed
on Oakwood's new location in Poughkeepsie NY.

Fred Yergan

1934
Fred Yergan, Oakwood's first black student,
graduates followed closely by his two brothers. 
Major Frederick Yergan later went on to receive the
Air Force Commendation Medal.

William J. Reagan

1948
William J. Reagan circa 1917. 
Reagan retired in 1948, having served as
the longest tenured head of school. 

solar array

2016
Oakwood's 2-acre solar array comes
online, offsetting 100% of the campus
electrical consumption.