FWCD Timeline

1962 Interested parents discuss forming an independent day school. Ten acres of land are purchased and the Board of Trustees begin interviewing candidates for the position of Headmaster. Peter A. Schwartz, headmaster of Pembroke Country Day School, hired as the founding headmaster of FWCD in May. December 12, 1962 ground ceremonially broken in preparation for construction of Fort Worth Country Day School 

1963 Fort Worth Country Day School opened its doors with 210 students, grades 1-9, tuition, 17 teachers on September 9. Three original building known as Buildings A (classroom), B (administration), and C (cafeteria)

1964 80 additional acres of land purchased. Annie Richardson Bass Lower School built.

1965 Stage added to cafeteria

1967 Sid W. Richardson Gymnasium completed. First senior class graduated…this class began as freshmen when the school opened

1971 Upper School Science Building and greenhouse completed

1974 500 seat stadium, 4 tennis courts completed

1975 Peter A. Schwartz Library Learning Center completed

1976 Edgar (Ted) Sanford begins as Headmaster. 8 lane track completed.

1977 William E. Scott Fine Arts Center completed.The complex is later named the Sanford Arts Center in honor of headmaster Edgar “Ted” Sanford and his wife Diana. The theater was named the William E. Scott Theater. Wooden wheelchair ramps added, permanent ramps built about 1980

1979 Moved into Ryan Lower School addition (groundbreaking 12/14/78; moved in fall 79)
1980 Moncrief Middle School addition, Campus Plaza with fountain, stadium lights and concession stand completed.

1982 Square gymnasium completed and ready for 1982-83 school year

1987 Geoffrey C. Butler begins as Headmaster

1988 Secured entrance, guard house and gates completed. 25th Founder Day Anniversary Celebration

1991 Kindergarten building complete and moved into January 1, 1991. Kindergarten building named the Geoffrey C. Butler Kindergarten in May 1996.

1994 William a. and Elizabeth B. Moncrief Library and Technology Center completed

1995 Paul W. Mason Middle School completed (after 32 years as part of the Lower School, 5th grade became a part of MS) Grades K-4 Lower School Grades 5-8 Middle School

1996 Graham Brown begins as Headmaster. The grounds of the campus are completely re-landscaped during 1996-1998

1997 Original Building A remodeled and dedicated as Upper School Science Center

1998 FWCDS celebrated its 35th year with return of all former headmasters, former trustees and the announcement of the plan for Trustees Plaza. Trustees Plaza dedicated

2001 Peter Briggs becomes Interim Headmaster

2002 Evan Peterson begins as Headmaster

2004 Second entrance to campus opened

2008 Fischer Dining Pavilion opens

2009 Sid W. Richardson Visual Arts Center opens

2010 Lou and Nick Martin Campus Center

2012 Paul W. Mason Middle School Expansion opens

2013 Fort Worth Country Day Celebrates its 50th Anniversary

2015 Eric V. Lombardi begins as Head of School

2016 FWCD Athletic Complex: Tennis Center completed

2017 Patton Field House opens
    • Eric V. Lombardi, Head of School

      Eric V. Lombardi, Head of School

    • Peter Schwartz, Headmaster

      Peter Schwartz, Headmaster


    • Edgar (Ted) Sanford, Headmaster

      Edgar (Ted) Sanford, Headmaster


    • Geoffrey C. Butler, Headmaster

      Geoffrey C. Butler, Headmaster


    • Graham Brown, Headmaster

      Graham Brown, Headmaster


    • Evan D. Peterson, Head of School

      Evan D. Peterson, Head of School


4200 Country Day Lane, Fort Worth, TX 76109
Phone: 817.732.7718
Fort Worth Country Day (FWCD) is a K-12 private, independent, coeducational, nondenominational college-preparatory school located on approximately 100 acres in Fort Worth, Texas. The mission of Fort Worth Country Day School is to foster the intellectual, physical, emotional, and ethical development of capable students through an academically rigorous college preparatory program that integrates the arts and athletics.