Oak Hall Private School opened its doors on September 8, 1970. The school was founded by a group of 20 parents who wanted a quality private education for their children.
"The intent of every member of the Board was to create a prep school - an excellent prep school for these youngsters who wanted to go on to college," said founding member Aden Keeter.
That first year, Oak Hall School was temporarily housed at Highlands Presbyterian Church, and eight teachers welcomed 35 students.
One of the first tasks the student body faced was organizing the student council. Spirited campaigns were conducted, elections held, and a sponsor was chosen. They supervised the selection of the school colors - burgundy and gold - and the school mascot - the eagle.
Despite limited facilities, varied sports activities were available to students. A flag-football team was organized and competition was held with other private schools in the area. Later in the year basketball games were held with these same schools. By leasing community facilities, physical education programs in bowling and swimming were also available. Organized early in the year were the cheerleaders. Dressed in the school colors, the cheerleaders boosted the morale of the teams.
The Indo-American Club was organized by students in Spanish and Latin American History courses. They sponsored the highly-successful Latin-American dinner attended by over 100 guests. Classes created exhibits for display, and students dressed in Latin-American costumes and served the dinner. The club was also responsible for the school's trip to St. Augustine.
The yearbook staff was organized during the second semester. Unsure at first if a yearbook was financially feasible, students received tremendous support from parents and friends of the school. After much discussion, the staff decided upon the name The Aerie, or the eagle's nest, as the title for the yearbook.
During the first year students, faculty, and parents worked hard to build a strong school. Students organized clubs, participated in athletic and many other extra-curricular events. Pleased with the first year's beginning, all of Oak Hall looked forward to moving to the new school campus located on Tower Road in west Gainesville.