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 980 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 2015, and compete on two baseball/softball fields, a lacrosse/soccer/football 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 ninety classrooms, two media centers, 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 eighteen new classrooms and three new state-of-the-art science labs. Cannon's newly configured 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 hosts state track championships and regional invitational meets on an eight-lane, rubberized track.
On October 10, 2009, Cannon School marked another major milestone in its history of excellence. On that date, the Cannon community came together to celebrate the School’s fortieth anniversary.
From 2012 to 2014, more than 400 Cannon families, friends, alumni, faculty, and staff raised more than $7.4 million for the Building Bright Futures Capital Campaign. Together, the Cannon community created new opportunities for Cannon's artists, athletes, and scholars with six construction projects including the new Cannon Performing Arts Center, Andrews Strength and Conditioning Center, Randy Marion Family Field House, and Central Green, along with enhanced locker spaces, coaches' offices, and an expanded Middle School.
The new Cannon Performing Arts Center (CPAC) provides a gathering space for the entire Cannon community with a 450-seat auditorium, an art gallery, a full stage and backstage, and state-of-the-art acoustics, audio and video capabilities. The CPAC also provides a collaborative learning space for students participating in chorus, band, theater, dance, and visual arts.
Expanded and modernized athletic facilities include the new Andrews Strength and Conditioning Center, renovated locker spaces, and the new Randy Marion Family Field House. These spaces enhance physical education for students in all grades and enable student-athletes on Cannon's forty sports teams to reach the next level of athletic performance. The Randy Marion Family Field House is a permanent welcome center with a press box, restrooms and concession stand.
The Middle School expansion has transformed the school's current facilities to create a well-equipped technology center, a multi-purpose room, a second science room, and a hallway with administrative spaces.