It all started with a casual conversation after church one Sunday in 1967. Harry Bagnal, then a state senator, and Julian Scarborough, a vice president a Wachovia Bank and Trust Co., knew that their children and the children of the Winston-Salem area needed a new private, non-denominational school that, unlike others in the area, included a high school.
In the fall of 1967, 12 parents gathered at the home of Alice Ann and Julian Scarborough to discuss the creation of the new school. Their vision featured small class sizes that would allow more individualized attention, a broader and better selection of world languages, music, and the arts, and a focus on the development of the whole child.
Forsyth Country Day School was officially incorporated on February 8, 1968. Julian Scarborough chaired a six-member board of directors chosen to administer the school, and Forest Rod Lowrey, an independent investor, became president of the corporation. Samuel C. Ogburn, Charles D. Nanny, and Mrs. Frank Daniel also played key roles in founding the school, as did William N. Reynolds III, who donated approximately 30 acres of land with a lake and log cabin in western Forsyth County for the school’s permanent site in July 1969.
Three years after that informal after-church talk, the vision of the founding families came to life on September 9, 1970, FCDS opened its doors with 35 teachers serving 195 students in grades 1-10.
Forsyth Country Day has a long tradition of educating students and preparing them for what’s ahead, but none of what the school is today would exist without that strong foundation laid by our founding families, whose vision for a better educational experience for the children of the Winston-Salem area still guides us as we continue to prepare the next generation for what’s ahead.
“You have got to understand that the greatest miracle of all was for the founding parents to give the school their most precious gift – their children.” - Founding parent Rod Lowrey
Forsyth Country Day School (FCDS) is a private, college preparatory, independent school for preschool through high school located in Lewisville, NC, just outside of Winston-Salem. Students benefit from a challenging academic curriculum, fine and performing arts, competitive athletics, and a wide selection of extracurricular activities.