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About Cannon


50 Years of Growth and Learning

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 five 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. Today, under the leadership of Head of School Christopher Jones, Cannon School serves more than 980 students from Charlotte, Davidson, Huntersville, Mooresville, Cornelius, Kannapolis, and Salisbury, in addition to Concord.

Milestones in Cannon's History

1969 - Cabarrus Academy opens its doors at 65 Union Street in Concord, NC, in the childhood home of Charles A. Cannon. There are 89 students enrolled in grades 1-10, and Herbert Buttrick is the first Headmaster.

1972 - The first Cabarrus Academy senior class graduates eleven students and welcomes second Headmaster John Hughes.

1975 - Cabarrus Academy eliminates Upper School; Walter Blanchard is named third Headmaster.

1976 - Kindergarten is added.

1981 - Charles Elbot is named as the Academy’s fourth Headmaster.

1984 - Cabarrus Academy achieves its first accreditation.

1986 - The Board votes to drop Middle School, making the Academy K-6.

1988 - Richard Snyder is named the fifth Headmaster.

1994 - The school relocates to a 65-acre campus at 5801 Poplar Tent Road, one mile east of Interstate 85 – a major step toward regionalization and growth.

1997 - Board decision to add back the Upper School grades beginning with ninth grade in 1998-1999.

1998 – The school changes its name from Cabarrus Academy to Cannon School. A groundbreaking is held for Lower and Middle School additions, as well as the new Upper School facility.

2002 - Cannon graduates its first senior class, consisting of fourteen students.

2005 – The "Outback" is built, providing additional Middle School classrooms.

2006 - Matthew Gossage is hired as Cannon School’s sixth Head of School.

2007 - Cannon adopts the educational philosophy of “Adaptive Expertise.”

2008 - Cannon School expands its Upper School educational facilities and modernizes its track and field. A nearly 18,000-sq. ft. addition to the Upper School building added eighteen new classrooms and three new state-of-the-art science labs. Cannon's newly configured track and field accommodated 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. Cannon is invited to join the Charlotte Independent Schools Athletic Association (CISAA), and adopts "Go Beyond" as its motto.

2011 - A new front entrance is added, providing a warm welcome to Cannon families and visitors.

2014 - Construction is completed on the Cindric Performing Arts Center, Andrews Strength and Conditioning Center, Randy Marion Family Field House, enhanced locker spaces, coaches' offices, the Bryant Central Green, and an expanded Middle School - all part of the Building Bright Futures campaign. 

2015 - The Randy Marion Field is completed, allowing for field-use in different weather conditions, and expanding the ability of all students to use the field for athletic events and PE classes. Also, the Dining Hall Expansion, which added 175 seats and provided a covered, open air seating area, is completed.

2018 - Doors open to the new Middle School addition and "The Mill" thanks to the parent-initiated Imagine Tomorrow campaign. The Mill is a state-of-the-art Technology and Design Studio for Upper School students which includes a makerspace, media arts studio, fabrication studio, and video/audio recording studio.
2019 - Cannon School has grown to serve more than 980 students,  welcomes seventh Head of School Christopher Jones, and celebrates a half century of growth and progress.
    • Charles A. Cannon, former chairman of Cannon Mills

    • 1969 Cabarrus Academy on Union Street

    • 1994 Ribbon Cutting Ceremony on Poplar Tent Road Campus

    • Current entrance to the Lower and Middle Schools, named for 5th Headmaster Richard H. Snyder

    • Current entrance to the Upper School, named for 6th Head of School Matthew E. Gossage and his wife Linda

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