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History



DWS- A School Founded by Parents

Deerfield-Windsor School began with a conversation in the old Albany Chamber of Commerce bulding which was then located in the 100 block of W. Oglethorpe Avenue. There Rev. William T. Bodenhamer and seven like minded business men charged each other with the responsibility of developing Albany's first private, non-church affiliated school.

Founded in 1964, Deerfield School's purpose was to prepare boys and girls for the most demanding work in the leading colleges and universities in the land. Their united objectives for the school were commitment to the Christian faith, high scholarship, board interests and enlightened scholarship. It opened with 15 students and experienced steady growth through its early years. By 1966, 232 children had enrolled and in 1969, its first class of thirty seniors graduated.

In 1977, Deerfield merged with Windsor Park Academy. July 10, 1978, marked the first meeting of the Board of Trustees of the newly formed Deerfield-Windsor School that resulted from this merger. The elementary grades were moved to the Windsor building located on Beattie Road, while grades six through twelve occupied the original Deerfield location on the corner of Nottingham Way and Stuart Avenue. This arrangement remains in place today.


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