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.

  • Falcons Nest - March 24th

    Lulu Brase, Assistant Athletic Director
    The spring sports season is in full swing.
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  • Falcons Nest - March 17th

    Lulu Brase, Assistant Athletic Director
    Despite the winter weather plaguing the Carolinas this week, the Falcon spring sports never skipped a beat.
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  • Falcons Nest - March 10th

    Lulu Brase, Assistant Athletic Director
    The Spring season is officially underway and Falcon teams hit the fields, courts and courses this week to open their season with strong victories! Track and Field and Boys Tennis will kick off their competitions next week.
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  • Varsity Girls Basketball Finishes at State Semifinals

    The Falcons finish another successful winter season losing in the NCISAA 2A Final Four against Grace Christian of Sanford last week. The Falcons finished the season with a 26-3 record and were crowned the Tri TAC Regular Season and Tournament Champion. This marks the 5th 20+ win season since 2017, including four NCISAA final four trips in those five seasons.
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  • O'Neal Varsity Girls Basketball - Regular Season and Conference Tournament Champions

    6- Peat: Falcons Crowned Regular Season and Tournament Champions

    The Falcons finished another undefeated conference season capped off with a regular season and tournament championship last week. The streak, dating back to the 2017-2018 season, now extends to 52 regular season conference victories (64 total including tournament games) since the Falcons have lost in conference play.
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