There are approximately 400 students currently enrolled at Oakwood in grades Pre-Kindergarten through fifth grade.

Each child at Oakwood learns alongside students from a variety of cultural backgrounds representing various countries. We strive to ensure a safe learning environment for all staff and students by maintaining an updated safety plan and through character development of our students.

Classes begin at 8:30 a.m.
For those students who ride with parents we ask that they arrive at school no earlier than 8:00 a.m. unless they plan to attend the Community Schools Program. Breakfast is served in the cafeteria beginning at 8:00 a.m. The school day ends at 3:20 p.m. Car riders are dismissed first. Car riders are to be picked up by 3:30 p.m. Bus riders are dismissed to the different bus rooms until their bus arrives.

About Oakwood


Old North School, Est. 1903
Oakwood Elementary, Est. 1933

School Song, Circ. 1962

To dear old Oakwood School will there be true

And we will fight for rights in all that we do, and will work for thee both day and night, and all our teams will always fight with all our might Ra, Ra, Ra!

Colors are white and blue. They stand for sportsmanship and honor too. And throughout all our years we'll give a cheer. Give a cheer Oakwood School.

Historical Facts
(parts are reprinted from a report by Amy Nicks; Oakwood class of 1963)

1. Hickory Graded School (later named North School; then Oakwood) opened in December 1903 and was the first public school in the Hickory system. Its construction was financed by nine local businessmen with a $10,000 personal loan.
2. It took 3 years to build the school.
3. The name was changed to Oakwood in 1933 after several additional schools had been built in Hickory. The name was selected in a contest and the winner received theater tickets as a prize.
4. 200 students first attended the school
5. There were 9 teachers the first 6 years; D.K. McKrea was the first principal
6. In 1918 Dr. R.W. Carver was principal and later appointed Superintendent of Hickory Schools, a position he held for 30 years.
7. Also in 1918 there were 8 classrooms.
8. The grading system was A-B-C-D-E
9. In 1950 there were 17 classrooms
10. The Oakwood Principals have been:
Mr. McKrea, Mr. Sigmon, Dr. R.W. Carver, Mr. Rinehart,
Mr. Moore, Mr. Deaton, Mr. Sox, Mr. Starnes, Mr. Guy,
Mr. Ketner, Mr. Bridgeman, Ms. Mary Arnold (interim),
Mrs. Peggy Besse, Mrs. Dale Abernathy, Dr. Ann Stalnaker,
Mr. Jeff Hodakowski, Dr. Pam Helms, Dr. Ryan McCreary, Dr. Jennifer Griffin, Ms. Terry Ashley  and currently, Mrs. Kqisha Dagenhart 


We will learn and grow together. We will focus and try our best. Today, we will be Blue Jays! 

Mission Statement

The mission of Oakwood Elementary School is to provide a stimulating educational environment tailored to individual needs, while maintaining a need to teach students the importance of being a responsible, courteous, and caring citizen.

School Colors: Royal Blue and White

Mascot: Blue Jay


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