Oak Ridge High School (El Dorado Hills, California)

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Oak Ridge High School
1120 Harvard Way
El Dorado Hills, CA 95762

Type Public
Established 1980
School district El Dorado Union High School District
Enrollment 2500+
Color(s) Navy Blue and Gold
Mascot Trojan

Oak Ridge High School is a public high school located 20 miles east of Sacramento, California in rapidly growing El Dorado Hills. It is part of the El Dorado Union High School District. Oak Ridge High School was established in 1980 with 222 students, though it currently has more than 2500 students. The school is known for its academics, sports, and great school spirit.

Oak Ridge High School
Principal Paul Burke
Assistant Principal Ronald Thomas

Oak Ridge[edit]

Oak Ridge High School, located in El Dorado Hills, is a well known school all over California. They are ranked as one of the top schools in the state for academic purposes and for their sports. OR's football, basketball, lacrosse, baseball, tennis, cheer, and swim team are acknowledged to be the best in the state or even nation. Ponderosa and Folsom high school are Oak Ridge's rivals.


Oak Ridge offers a wide range of classes in History, English, Foreign Language, Mathematics, Science, Physical Education, Electives, and a large drama and art department. The school offers foreign languages such as Japanese, Italian, French, and Spanish. Oak Ridge is in the 96th percentile among Californian schools in SAT scores and has a 99.1% graduation rate as of 2008.
Oak Ridge was measured at 865 in the 2008 Academic Performance Index, compared with the California State average of 742 in 2008.[1]

Alma mater[edit]

When sung or played, it goes to the tune of Cornell University's alma mater, "Far Above Cayuga's Waters". The song is intoned at the end of all ORHS football games, with the second verse and chorus omitted. The Oak Ridge Marching Band also sings or plays the Alma Mater following each home football game.


Oak Ridge is known for many things but above all sports. Oak Ridge is a member of the Division I Delta River League (DRL.) Previously it spent 15 years as a member of the Sierra Valley Conference of the Sac-Joaquin Section of the CIF. The school offers an extensive list of sport programs to its students, including baseball, cheerleading, cross country, football, Powderpuff football, basketball, golf, lacrosse, soccer, ski and snowboard, softball, swimming, tennis, track and field, volleyball(lena), water polo, and wrestling. Several sports are available through school affiliated clubs, such as the Mother Lode Rugby Club which combines men's and women's rugby for all of El Dorado County's high school students. Oak Ridge has had many student-athlete alumni go on to compete nationally at collegiate or professional levels. All of Oak Ridge's athletes are passionately supported by the student cheering sections, Blue Crew and O-Unit.

Trojan football has a long and storied history dating back to the late 90's. Oak Ridge Football became a powerhouse in the Sacramento area under the direction of Coach Mark Watson. After winning the Section Championship in 1998, Oak Ridge was a consistent contender for the CIF Division II Section Championship, appearing again in 2000 under coach Chris Jones, and again in 2002, 2003, and 2004. This period of time from 1998 - 2004 produced an incredible number of collegiate athletes. Trojan Football won the D-II California State Championship in both 2003 and 2004, led by two outstanding athletes: Austin Collie and Seyi Ajirotutu. Collie currently plays for the New England Patriots, and Ajirotutu plays for the San Diego Chargers.

Oak Ridge Basketball has had the most recent success as the Lady Trojans shocked the nation by running the table in 2010 with numerous upsets, until finally defeating 4-time defending CIF champion, Long Beach Poly in the D-I California State Championship, led by Stanford-bound Sara James. The boys won the D-II California State Championship in 2005 by upsetting Southern California powerhouse, Mater Dei, 60-44, led by current New Orleans Pelicans player, Ryan Anderson.

Oak Ridge Wrestling has been a consistent winner. Under the tutelage of Rocco Cardinale and Casey Rhyan the Trojans have won 3 Section Championships and placed 28 wrestlers at the Masters Championships. In addition, Trojan wrestlers have brought home 14 state medals in a one division State Championship.

School Life[edit]


Oak Ridge High School offers students a wide variety of clubs including Gay-Straight Alliance, Women of Worth, Speech & Debate, Intramural Club, Spanish, French and Italian Clubs; YoungLife; Renaissance Club; DECA; the Interfaith Unity Club; the Interact Club in place of the previous Key Club; the Red Cross Club of Oak Ridge High, Jewish Club, and even an Ultimate Frisbee Club.

Red Cross Club of Oak Ridge High[edit]

Oak Ridge High School has a variety of clubs. One of them being the Red Cross Club of Oak Ridge High. The Red Cross Club works with the American Red Cross, specifically the Capital Region. The Club puts on a variety of events that reflect the mission of the Red Cross.

Youth and Government[edit]

Oak Ridge is home of the El Dorado Delegation of Youth and Government, the YMCA high school government program. It is one of the biggest delegations as well as one of the most prestigious. The delegation has a reputation as the best in the state.[citation needed] In addition, a reputation of multiple state-wide officers has been built. This includes 2010-2011 Youth Governor, 2012-2013, 2007–2008, 2009-2010 & 2002-2003 State Chaplains, 2008-2009 Secretary of State, 2013 Director of ConstaCon, 2006-2007 Lt. Governor, 1990, 2002 & 2005-2008 Chief Justices, and 2001-2004 State Legislative Analysts.

The Ridge Review[edit]

The Ridge Review was a monthly school newspaper written by Oak Ridge students. The monthly paper covered student life at Oak Ridge during the previous month, including sports, student/teacher interviews, and campus controversies. The newspaper was cancelled due to budget restrictions.[citation needed]

Social Movements[edit]

The Oak Ridge Administration, following a current count of 3 student deaths in the year 2012, has instigated a series of "Respect for All" activities aimed at making students conscious of the effects that their words have on others. The administration has also started a "Mix it up Day" activity, and many students and teachers have gone out of their way to take part in it. A group of devoted students, led by the morning announcers, have been working to solve Oak Ridge's trash problem by rallying their fellow students against littering and putting more trashcans around the school since 2008. Several students began the "Give water, give life" movement in Fall 2012, to raise money for clean water and the construction of wells in poor African countries. In Addition, Oak Ridge is proud to say they host the now annual Mitochondria Walk, something that was started in 2009/2010. Not only is it a marathon to honor a teachers grandchildren who suffer this disease, but also to raise money for the cause.


Oak Ridge offers three cordial dances throughout its school year including Homecoming,Sadies,and Prom. Oak Ridge students also frequently attend informal CSD sponsored dances,where there are no limits on conduct, such as Klub Kaoss and Club nuFlw.

Class Colors[edit]

Freshmen - Orange

Sophomores - Red

Juniors - Green

Seniors - Yellow

Senior Activities[edit]

Oak Ridge Seniors participate in Senior Sunrise, Senior Panoramic picture day, Senior/Junior Prom, Senior Picnic, Senior Dinner Dance, Motivational Speakers, Senior Check Out, Senior Ditch Day, Senior Sunset, Senior Breakfast, Graduation ceremony, and Grad Night.

Renaissance Rally[edit]

Traditionally, teachers and staff participate in a yearly rally held during second semester. This rally celebrates the academic success of students who have a GPA of 3.5 or above or students have improved their GPA by .5 or more over the previous semester. This rally is organized by the Renaissance Committee.


Oak Ridge's chief rival is Ponderosa High School which has been strong since Oak Ridge's formation in 1980. The original 222 students of Oak Ridge, being El Dorado County residents, would have gone to Ponderosa had ORHS not been created, and as is true to this day, many middle school classes from El Dorado County are divided between Oak Ridge and Ponderosa.

Nearby Folsom High School west of Oak Ridge is also a rival, if somewhat less so. A rivalry has been rapidly forming with the newest high school in the region, Folsom's Vista Del Lago High School, as Oak Ridge's former football coach Chris Jones moved to Vista in 2007. Jesuit High School has also been developing into a major rival with Oak Ridge's move up to D1 this year. Grant, Cordova, Union Mine, Del Oro, and Granite Bay High Schools are not considered rivals except in a few sports.

Notable alumni[edit]

  • F. P. Santangelo, Class of 1985, former American professional baseball player (1995–2001) who played for the Montreal Expos, San Francisco Giants, Los Angeles Dodgers, and Oakland Athletics.
  • Ravi Malhotra, Class of 1999, Ravi produced "West Bank Story", a musical comedy that received the 2006 Academy Award for "Best Live Action Short Film"
  • Marvin Philip, Class of 2000, is an NFL center who is currently a free agent.
  • Austin Collie, Class of 2004, NFL wide receiver for the Indianapolis Colts He was drafted by the Colts in the fourth round (127th overall) in the 2009 NFL Draft.
  • Seyi Ajirotutu, Class of 2005, NFL wide receiver for the San Diego Chargers and Carolina Panthers
  • Ryan Anderson, Class of 2006, after attending the University of California Berkeley, was drafted in the 2008 NBA draft, 21st overall to the New Jersey Nets

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