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History of Riverfield

Riverfield Country Day School was founded in 1984 by a group of parents and teachers working with Marty and Tom Clark.  This group’s motivation was to provide an enhanced opportunity for educational growth and personal development for their children, with an emphasis on the whole child.

The school opened in August 1984 in a remodeled post office, with 40 children from three months old to second grade. The long-range plan included a country campus with outdoor learning. However, when enrollment more than doubled in five months, plans were accelerated to move “to the country,” across the Arkansas River in a field, thus the name Riverfield Country Day School.

In 1991, Riverfield relocated to the first wing on its current campus. The following year, an additional wing with a library and music room was added to serve the growing demand for elementary grades. The Middle School opened in August 1994, bringing the total facility to more than 40,500 square feet serving more than 400 students. Two donations of property from grandparent and former Board member Steve Jatras and a school-funded purchase brought the total acreage to 90.  

Riverfield began a new era in August 2002, with the addition of a freshman class. The school embarked on the “Spreading Our Wings” capital campaign in order to build facilities to accommodate the growing student body. The campaign was successful, thanks in large part to the generosity of Tulsa philanthropist Genave Rogers. On Visiting Day in November 2004, the Clark Gymnasium and Genave Rogers Upper School were dedicated with the help of Dr. Jane Goodall who joined us to dedicate the Science Lab in memory of Tim O’Halloran, the first Upper School Head.

In August 2006, Ms. Rogers made another very generous gift that made it possible to purchase an additional 30 acres to the northwest of the current property. This brought the campus to 120 total acres. The Langerak Academic Center was added in the spring of 2008, the Martha S. Clark Field was dedicated in the fall of 2010, and four tennis courts hosted their first matches in the spring of 2011.

Fall 2012 saw the opening of the expanded Multi-Purpose Room, also called the Green Gym.  This facility, which includes a conference room, more than doubled the previous space.  The new Upper School building, which houses a learning center, cafeteria, science labs, classrooms, and more, opened in the Fall of 2013.