Smack dab in the middle of Union Street, steps away from the bustle of downtown Concord, sits a grand white house. It was built in 1905 in the Queen Anne style, spans nearly 10,000 square feet, and features distinct turrets and a dramatic cupola. 65 North Union Street once belonged to J.W. Cannon, founder of the Cannon Manufacturing Company—but back in 1968, it had been sitting vacant for years.
At that same time, a group of local parents had come together to discuss the possibility of opening a new school. There seemed to be enough interest, so the committee set their sights on a location. Jane Liles approached J.W. Cannon’s grandson, Charles, about the possibility of using the house on Union Street as the site for the school.
And the rest, as they say, is history.
From our roots as Cabarrus Academy on Union Street to our current 65-acre campus on Poplar Tent Road, Cannon School has experienced change and growth few could have imagined back in 1969.
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. Read on to learn about the timeline of the last fifty years.
G. Christopher Jones began his tenure as Cannon’s seventh Head of School in July 2019. Read his welcome message and learn more about the Cannon community.
Meet the directors and division heads that comprise Cannon's Leadership Team.
Cannon's Board of Trustees are responsible for guiding the character, mission, and culture of the School. Meet this year's Board Leaders and Members.
The Board of Visitors at Cannon School brings a talented group of volunteer leaders together to discuss with each other and with Head of School Christopher Jones the key strategic issues facing the school and the surrounding area.
Our new mission statement is a clarification of who we are as a school community—one that nurtures all relationships in order to engage each individual learner in finding his or her own path to growth.