Oakwood families celebrate history

An arial photo of the high schools and surrounding homes taken from a helicopter. The majority of the school including the stadium, Jr. high, and science hallway were additions.

An arial photo of the high schools and surrounding homes taken from a helicopter. The majority of the school including the stadium, junior high and science hallway were additions.

After the rather recent celebration of Oakwood’s Centennial, many Oakwood families are celebrating their own legacy in our city. Old families include the Greer, Harmony, Powell, Lutz and Shafor families.

“My family has been in Oakwood for many generations, we know many people here. No matter what, Oakwood will always feel like home,” Shannon G. (11) said.

The Greers have been traced back to Oakwood since the early 1920s and have an extended family tree that is also linked to other Oakwood families such as the Mackintosh family (Michael(12) and Ian(10)).

The Powell family is another family with roots that run deep into Oakwood’s past. Bo (12) and Diggy (8) P. have lived in Oakwood for almost 20 years. The Powell brothers’ mom also went to Oakwood High School along with their aunt and uncle on their mom’s side. The Powell brothers’ grandfather, Thomas Kendell also attended high school in Oakwood in their youth.

“Being under the dome is a blast. I really love the diversity,” Bo P. said.

The branches of these families have grown into different families that have populated much of Oakwood. The Greer family has relative connections with Michael and Ian, which would include juniors Erin and Maggie G. These close family relations have allowed the community to become closer and better connected.

“Oakwood is just a really fun place to grow up be educated and the people are really nice,” Michael M. said.

By: Colin Mackintosh

mackintosh.colin@oakwoodschools.org

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