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Oxford's History



The Oxford Academy's unique educational method was initiated by the school's founder, Dr. Joseph M. Weidberg. Concerned about the inability of some students to profit from traditional classroom instruction, Dr. Weidberg looked to the great teachers of the past for inspiration. His model was Socrates, whose goal was to help his students know themselves — to think, to understand, to use initiative, to express themselves with confidence. Socrates' active, personal approach to asking and seeking answers became the model for The Oxford Academy.

1906
School founded by Dr. Joseph M.
Weidberg in New York City.

Dr. Joseph M. Weidberg, Founder

Oxford Academy, Pleasantville Campus, Main Hall
1934
Oxford acquires property in Pleasantville, New Jersey and becomes a boarding school.
1947
Dr. Knight succeeds
Dr. Weidberg as Headmaster.

Dr. Edward R. Knight, Headmaster

Oxford Academy, Pleasantville Campus, Main Hall


1971
Fire destroys main building in March.
1973
Dr. James L. Courthouts moves
Oxford Academy to its new campus
in Westbrook, CT in September.

James L. Courthouts
Frank Efinger, Headmaster


1973
Frank Efinger, Headmaster
1975
Dr. Jonathan A. Woodhall,
Headmaster

Dr. Jonathan A. Woodhall, Headmaster
Philip H. Davis, Headmaster

1983
Philip H. Davis, Headmaster

1986
School establishes accreditation and non-profit status.
1997
Board enlarged.
Alumni Council established.
Campus improvements approved.




2006
Centennial Celebration of the founding of The Oxford Academy


2010
Philip H. Davis retires after 27 years
as Headmaster. Philip B. Cocchiola
appointed Head of School.

Philip Cocchiola
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