About Us: History
Orinda Academy History
Orinda Academy is a fully accredited, independent, college preparatory school, serving boys and girls in grades 6-12.
Orinda Academy founder and Head of School, Ron Graydon, opens the doors of North Bay Secondary School Incorporated in Point Richmond, with 24 students and a small group of credentialed teachers and administrators. This school became what is today, The Marin School in Sausalito, California.
A second campus, North Bay Orinda School, opens in Orinda, California at Wagner Ranch School, to accommodate the needs of students living in the San Francisco East Bay.
After a decade, the school has experienced growth in enrollment and course offerings. International students begin to be accepted and an ESL program begins. More college prep courses and electives are offered.
The school moves to its current site at 19 Altarinda Road, Orinda, with proximity to the Orinda BART station. The facility provides ample classrooms, science and computer labs, office space, sports fields and transportation access to support North Bay Orinda School’s growing student population.
A commitment is made to provide more scholarship opportunities in order to cultivate a larger, more diverse population.
North Bay Orinda School changes its name to Orinda Academy.
Program offerings expand with the addition of two buildings that house a fitness center with a weight room, dance studio, music room, art room and a science lab. To better serve students’ academic needs, a learning center with a learning specialist is added. Sports programs grow with the creation of the Small School Bridge League, under the aegis of the North Coast Section of the CIF.
The Small School Bridge League’s first championship trophy was awarded to the Orinda Academy Women’s Basketball Team.
Our growth continues and is best exemplified by the successes of our graduates in colleges, universities and in the communities where they live and work.