Our School is located in the beautiful Swannanoa Valley in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Western North Carolina. There are approximately 550 students in grades 6-8. The school was founded in 1991 with the consolidation of Black Mountain Middle School and Swannanoa Middle School. Our school is named in honor of Charles Dexter Owen, who arrived in the valley from New Bedford, Massachusetts in 1924 and began operation of our community’s first industry: Beacon Blankets. The Owen family has been community benefactors for many years. OMS proudly wears maroon and grey and is the Home of the Warcolts. The phone number at Owen is 686-7739. The fax number is 686-7938.