The centre section was built in 1850 and it was then known as the Oakville Common School. Arthur Cole Verner was the first headmaster of the school. In 1874, the bell tower and library (100 books) were added. This building was demolished in 1960.
There are many private schools in present day Oakville, but one of the first was Appleby School, renamed Appleby College in 1941. The patron of Appleby was Sir Edmund Walker who also served as the first chairman of the Appleby board.