Three schools were combined in the early 1960s to create North Cross School. One of the schools was the Eaton School, which was founded by Mary Hammond. She felt there was a need for a small private school in Roanoke that could provide students in junior high an academically rigorous program of study without the distraction of large classes. Mary, and a board of directors, leased and renovated a house in South Roanoke—at 2201 Carolina Avenue. The school, which she named after her youngest son David Eaton Hammond, accepted students in seventh, eighth, and ninth grades when it opened in September 1960.
After less than a year in operation, the school realized it needed substantial capital improvements to fulfill their mission so the board unanimously voted to merge with North Cross Country Day School for the 1961-62 school year. Eaton Hall, shown in photo from the 1963 yearbook, was named in honor of the school that helped form North Cross School. The building housed upper school students until Willis Hall was completed in 1985. It's only fitting that Eaton Hall, named for a school for middle schoolers, returned to it's roots and today houses our middle school students.
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