Diversity History

Cincinnati Country Day School, founded in 1926, is a coeducational college preparatory school serving pre-primary through twelfth grade students. Today, the school continues to emphasize educational excellence and character development. CCDS helps each student reach his or her potential by providing a strong academic program, offering opportunities to participate in a wide variety of activities, developing responsibility and respect for others, building self-confidence and self-esteem, and embracing a diverse community.

Originally founded as an all-boys school, women were first admitted to CCDS in 1953. Soon afterward, the Board of Trustees produced a non-discriminatory student enrollment and staff hiring policy of selection without regard to race or creed. In September of 1964, two African-American students were admitted to CCDS, one in Kindergarten and the other in grade 12. The twelfth grader graduated from CCDS and attended Harvard. In 1969, the school’s first African-American teacher, Marcella Trice, was hired and later became the Head of the Lower School until retiring in 1996.

Cincinnati Country Day School fulfills its mission by providing superior faculty and staff who build on each student’s uniqueness and encourage active participation in a varied curriculum rich in meaning. In state-of-the-art learning facilities and in a climate conducive to intellectual, social, physical, and artistic development, the school instills a lifelong love of learning.