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The ORME SCHOOL

(on the Quarter-Circle-V-Bar Ranch!)

The Orme School is a college preparatory school founded in 1929 by Chick and Minna Orme on their 40,000- acre cattle ranch located in central Arizona, about 1/2 way between Phoenix and Flagstaff, initially to provide education for their three children, Kate, Mort and Charlie, but then expanded at the behest of Chick's Stanford University classmates who relished the idea of their children being educated on a working cattle ranch where ranch chores, including roundups and milking were a part of the curriculum.

On the Orme trail . . . Chick & Minna

Years of Service

The Fearsome Horned Lizard of the Arizona high plains Dorothy arrived at the Orme School in 1951, her son Chigger only 3 years old . . . for the next 26+ years, she devoted her professional life to the improvement and success of the Orme School. From the horsemanship program, to a flying club, to the development of the various art and music programs, her influence on the development of the School was immense. Her support and loyalty during periods of uncertainty kept the growth of the School steady in the difficult world of private schools. Her many students, advisees, her teacher colleagues, the ranch hands, trustees of the School, parents and visiting artists would all testify to the profound influence her values and advocacy had upon the development of the School. Situated on a 40,000 acre working cattle ranch, the Orme School continues to offer a unique educational experience to those students lucky enough to be enrolled there. (Orme School)

The Fine Arts Festival

Jay Dusard, Photographer The Orme Fine Arts Festival During her teaching career at the Orme School on the Quarter Circle V Bar Ranch, she taught Biology, Physics, History, Art, Horsemanship, and Flying, and established a unique program for the students, the Orme Fine Arts Festival, bringing professional artists in many disciplines to teach the high school students for one week, an exciting experience both for the students, who begin to realize that it is possible to have a career in Art, and for the Teacher/Artists, who enjoy remembering the excitement of their own youth and forces that led them to their careers. This program, which achieved national acclaim for the school, continues to this day.

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