Athletics and physical education programs are an essential element of The O’Neal School’s experience. Student-athletes benefit physically, psychologically, and socially. They learn skills and practice habits that help maintain lifelong health and fitness.
Our athletic programs focus on building the essential skills and personality traits to develop student-athletes into high performing people. We create a climate of teamwork, cooperation, and sportsmanship while encouraging students to develop new skills and talents, often with dramatic results. The athletic program engages our students in developing teamwork by driving toward common goals and learning how personal sacrifice can benefit the whole. Each student-athlete is asked to contribute to a program designed to challenge themselves as well as to learn the art of self-advocacy, build self-esteem, and confidence.
The O’Neal School has a rich tradition of hard work and fair play. O'Neal's interscholastic athletic schedules are very competitive. Frequently, teams compete against much larger schools. As a result of sound coaching, hard work, talent, and quality sports performance instruction our teams and student-athletes compete for conference and state championships regularly. O’Neal annually ranks as a top athletic program in the NCISAA, winning the Wells Fargo Award representing the #1 athletic department among Division 2A independent schools in North Carolina. The list of O’Neal alumni who have continued their passion for athletics after leaving O’Neal is an outstanding one. Graduates have competed at the collegiate level and also a select few O’Neal alumni have worked to enjoy professional sports careers. Most importantly, O’Neal competes with pride and is dedicated to sportsmanship in victory as well as in defeat.
O’Neal is a member of the North Carolina Independent Athletic Association (NCISAA) and the Triangle Triad Athletic Conference (TriTAC). O’Neal’s full range of varsity and junior varsity teams in the middle and upper divisions includes 13 sports and 25 teams.

Athletics News

List of 5 news stories.

  • 2021-2022 Sports Recognition Ceremony

    Enjoy the full video of the 2021-2022 Sports Recognition Awards Ceremony for JV and varsity teams. Toyin Koleoso '18 was the keynote speaker.
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  • Falcons Make History – Tri-TAC Champions

    Lulu Brase
    Friday night might have had its share of excitement courtesy of afternoon showers pregame, yet the Falcons stole the show to end the night. In an offensive explosion the Falcons mercy ruled conference foe Burlington Christian, grabbing the 13-3 win in just 5 innings to secure their place as the 2022 Tri-TAC Conference Champions.
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  • Falcons Sweep SEMSAC Regular Season and Tournament Championships

    After multiple years of runner up finishes, the Middle School Girls Soccer Team left no doubt this season who the top team in the SEMSAC was on their way to winning both the SEMSAC Regular Season and Tournament Championships! 
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  • History Made at Tri-TAC Conference Meet

    In the long record of the track and field program at O’Neal, numerous conference championships have been won, yet one feat has eluded the Falcons, until last evening. Both varsity boys and girls track and field teams made O’Neal history by sweeping the Tri-TAC Conference Championship on Thursday evening, marking the first time that both the boys and girls teams were crowned Conference Champions in the same season!
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  • McHarney and Brown Celebrate College Commitments

    O’Neal’s Jace Brown and Caelan McHarney celebrated their college athletic commitments in a signing ceremony before their peers on Thursday, April 28th.  Brown has committed to Stevenson University Men’s Swimming and McHarney signs with St. Lawrence University Women’s Basketball.
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