|Cannon School, established in 1969 as Cabarrus Academy and renamed in 1998, originally occupied the historic Concord residence of textile entrepreneur J.W. Cannon. In the four decades since, Cannon School has transformed itself from a small school in downtown Concord to one of the Charlotte region’s top independent college-preparatory schools.|
In 1994, the School relocated to a 65-acre campus on Poplar Tent Road, one mile east of Interstate 85 – a major step toward regionalization and growth. Today, under the leadership of Head of School Matthew E. Gossage, Cannon School serves more than 900 students from Charlotte, Davidson, Huntersville, Mooresville, Cornelius, Kannapolis, and Salisbury, in addition to Concord.
Cannon School provides strong academics, integrating its Core Values – Courage, Teamwork, Respect, Integrity, Passion, and Kindness – into its curriculum. It boasts an award-winning character development program, excellent fine arts opportunities, a strong record of student placement at top colleges and universities nationwide, and provides students a safe and nurturing learning environment.
Cannon’s athletes have won state and conference championships between 2001 and 2011, and compete on two baseball/softball fields, a lacrosse/soccer field, a state-of-the-art track, six tennis courts, and in two gymnasiums. Cannon’s Cougars are members of the highly-competitive Charlotte Independent Schools Athletic Association (CISAA) with Charlotte Christian School, Charlotte Country Day School, Charlotte Latin School, and Providence Day School.
Campus facilities include approximately 90 classrooms, two media centers, a wireless laptop environment, a multipurpose auditorium, a lecture hall, four computer labs and a technology center, four music suites, three art studios with a dark room and pottery area, nine science labs, a full-service dining center, an arts wing, and a dance studio.
In 2008, Cannon School completed two campus improvement projects that expanded its Upper School educational facilities and modernized its track and field. A nearly 18,000-sq. ft. addition to the Upper School building added 18 new classrooms and three new state-of-the-art science labs. Additional learning space for arts and theater education complement the school’s existing 400-person auditorium, Taylor Hall.
Cannon’s newly configured, modern track and field accommodates the school’s track and field, soccer, lacrosse, and football programs and gives every student a new place to exercise as part of Cannon’s physical education curriculum. In addition, the school is now able to host state track championships and regional invitational meets on a new eight-lane, rubberized track.
On October 10, 2009, Cannon School marked another major milestone in its 40-year history of excellence. On that date, the Cannon community came together to celebrate the School’s 40th anniversary.