Camden County High School (Georgia)
|Camden County High School|
|6300 Laurel Island Parkway
Kingsland, Georgia, Camden County, Georgia, 31548-6080
|School type||Public, Secondary|
|School district||Camden County School District|
|Superintendent||Dr. William C. Hardin|
|Vice principal||Steve Loden|
|Assistant principals||Keith Cloud
|Color(s)||Columbia Blue and White|
|Website||Camden County High School|
Camden County High School is the only public high school for Camden County, Georgia. It is a comprehensive grades 9-12 high school, which includes a ninth grade center and an auditorium. It is situated beside the Camden Recreational Center which provides the school with many extracurricular services and activities along with Chris Gilman Stadium which is the home to the school's football team. Camden County High School is currently part of the Georgia 6A class of athletics. It hosts over 45 official extracurricular activities and athletic programs, including the National Honor Society, Spanish Honor Society, and the Senior Beta Club. Camden county schools are one of only six Georgia public school districts to offer college prep curriculum as well as Technical vocational education.
Clubs and Organizations
Camden County High School fosters a diverse student body and sponsors a variety of different clubs and organizations for students. The current clubs and organizations that Camden County High School offers are as following.
- Art Club
- Dance Camden
- Drama Club
- 4-H Club
- French Club
- Interact Club
- International Thespian Society
- Junior Beta Club
- Key Club
- Literary Club
- Mock Trial
- National Hispanic Honor Society
- National Honor Society
- National Science Honor Society
- Science Club
- Senior Beta Club
- Spanish Club
- Student Council
- Youth Alive
Camden County High School is most well known for the huge support of its football team (the Wildcats), which holds the state record for the longest regular-season winning streak at 58 games. Also, the team was Region Champions in 1975, 1979, 1987, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1996, and every year from 2001 to 2013. The Wildcat Football Team has won three AAAAA State Championships, the first in 2003, then back-to-back state titles in 2008 and 2009. Camden County has become a staple in the SEC and ACC college recruiting circuits.
Camden County also had its volleyball and wrestling teams finish in the top ten of state competition during the 2006/2007 seasons and its cheer-leading squad finished third in the state co-ed competition. In the 2008–09 year, the varsity wrestling team placed fourth at the State dual meet, their first time placing at State. The team has been region champs for 13 consecutive seasons, from 1999–2011. They also placed 3rd at the traditional State meet.
In the 2009–2010 season, the varsity wrestling team placed third in both the dual and traditional State meet. In the 2010–2011 season, the wrestling team had its highest-ever finish by placing second in both the traditional and dual State meet.
On January 14, 2012 Camden County High School's Varsity Wrestling Team won the GA AAAAA State Dual Championship, knocking off 4 time defending champions Collins Hill. In a county steeped in Football history, this was a Major feat for what is considered locally as a Minor sport. It is a great testament to the team who have broken through the local football only mentality to grasp the only State Championship outside of football in school history.
In 2007, the boys baseball team made it to the State Semi-finals. The baseball team have also been region champions in 2006, 2007, and 2008. In 2007, Camden made it to the Final Four before being knocked out by Walton and finished the season with a school record 29 wins.In 2008 the baseball team made it back to the Elite Eight before being knocked out again by Walton.
The school also regularly takes a number of students to the State Swim Championships in Atlanta and to the NJROTC Area 12 championships held in various locations in Georgia. The CCHS NJROTC Color Guard placed first in the state in 2007.
The girls' tennis team has journeyed to the final four the past two years and made it the furthest in the playoffs out of any other sport in the 2008 season. The CCHS softball team were the region champions in the 2008 season.
The DOE Science Bowl team won regionals in 2009 and placed 4th in the State, with two teams taking 1st and 2nd place in the 2010 regional competition, and one of those teams placed 3rd at the state level. The DOE Science bowl team also won 1st and 2nd in the 2012 regional competition as well.
Due to Camden County's large number of military personnel based on or near the Kings Bay Naval Submarine Base in nearby Saint Marys, Georgia, the NJROTC or "Naval Junior Reserve Officers Training Corps" program at Camden County High allows the unique opportunity for students to learn and experience military related academics and PT (Physical Training) which are taught by former enlisted personnel of the United States Navy (and one instructor from the United States Marine Corps).
Students who "enlist" in the NJROTC Program are called "Cadets" and must participate and listen to their NSI(s) (Navel Science Instructor) who will teach Cadets proper military manner and will often share "Sea Stories" with the cadets from the NSI's time in the military.
Cadets are also required to wear at least once a week (unless designated not to do so) the "Cloth of the Nation". This is the uniform that Cadets are given at the beginning of the school year. Often the "Cloth of the Nation" is routinely worn on every Thursday as to build character and teach Cadets how to properly wear the same uniform that actual current military personnel wear as well. Often guest inspectors either from the Submarine base will inspect the Cadets on their appearance. But more than often higher ranking Cadets (or Staff) would inspect. The uniform grade is a major part of a Cadet's grade academically.
The NJROTC program also takes part in local parades in Camden County often. Cadets are required to attend and orderly march as part of the parades as to show the community (and many local personnel) the commitment that Cadets are required to show as part of the NJROTC program. The parades are always held in Kingsland, Georgia, Saint Marys, Georgia, and Woodbine, Georgia.
The NJROTC Program also visits the Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island on Parris Island, South Carolina every year to experience Marine Boot Camp life every year. Only a select amount are chosen to go.
Other activities NJROTC performs in are Color Guards, Unarmed Guard, and Armed Guard. The program allows Cadets the opportunity to learn how to perform with rifles or how to do marching maneuvers that have demonstrated to civilians and military persons the commitment and hard work many Cadets put into the program each and upcoming year. Cadets on any of the teams are able to travel and go up against rival schools in both Florida and Georgia.
The NJROTC program at Camden County High School is relatively young and only a few teachers (NSIs) have had the chance to command the program. One former officer is required for each NJROTC program with former Enlisted NSIs as well. All former or current NSIs are as followed:
Naval Science Instructor (Officers)
- Lieutenant Colonel Stephan Banta, USMC Retired (Present)
Naval Science Instructor (Enlisted)
- Fifth Fleet Command Master Chief Robert J. Chapman, USN Retired (Present)
- Master Chief Hospital Corpsman Robert Bell, USN Retired (Present)
- Boatswains Mate First Class Donna K. Stavely, USN Retired (September 2010)
The school is made up of two main buildings: the 10–12 building and the 9th grade center. Most areas of the front of the main building, such as the main entrance and cafeteria, is built above a swampy, marsh-like area. These such areas have bridges to allow passage to the parking lots and bus pickup. The 10–12 building features one main hall perpendicular to the entrance, called the concourse. Hallways A through G extend off of the concourse perpendicularly. At the other end of the hallways, from B hall to G hall, is H hall, commonly called the breezeway which features true classrooms such as industrial safety and CMR as well as portables near the breezeway. The ninth grade center contains halls J-I, but is unconnected to the main building through any facilities other than the buss-port's rain-sheltering structures. Between the two buildings lies the Athletic building, an extension of I hall, which contains the school's extra large weight room as well as the athletic offices, trophy cases, and lecture hall. The NJROTC wing is off of G hall next to the Band Wing. Across from the 9th Grade Center Cafeteria lie the Engineering Academy main hallway, which branches off into K and L hall. Included in K hall is the Knock-out room or K0. L hall also features a small lecture hall and computer engineering classroom.
- A Hall consists mainly of science and language classrooms.
- B Hall is completely science.
- C Hall is a mix of business and English language.
- D Hall is English and home to the CTAE office.
- E Hall is math, English, microeconomics, and nutrition. It is also home to the Special Education department.
- F Hall is almost completely social science.
- G Hall is band, chorus, nursing and NJROTC.
Camden County High School is one of the largest high schools in Georgia, as evidenced in its enrollment statistics.
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- "CCHS Improvement PlanAnnual" (PDF). Camden County School District. March 25, 2010. Retrieved October 26, 2011.