Oak Ridge High School (Orlando, Florida)
|Oak Ridge High School|
|700 W Oak Ridge Rd
Orlando, Florida, 32809
|Motto||"One team, one goal. Pioneering our way to an A!"|
|School district||Orange County Public Schools|
|Principal||Dr. Leigh Ann Bradshaw|
|Staff||31, plus 5 administrators and 4 deans|
|Student to teacher ratio||18 |
|School colour(s)||Forest Green and Vegas Gold|
|Athletics||FHSAA Class 6A, District 5 |
|Rival||Jones High School
Maynard Evans High School
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Oak Ridge High School is a public secondary school in Orlando, Florida, established in 1956. The school has been rated as a D or F institution by the state every year since 2000. Last year though, the school has been awarded a C grade, breaking the low performance streak. As of now, the school has been awarded a B grade. 
The Campus has been expanded/remodeled since the founding of the school. During the summer of 2010, demolition began on the northern side of campus as the 600 building and "Fish Farm", which had been the Tech Ed building, was torn down to make room for the new school. The students are scheduled to move into the new building on a staggered schedule during the fall semester of the 2011-2012 school year.
Activities available to Oak Ridge students include Athletic Training, AVID, Beta Club, Computer Programming and Gaming Club, Floetry Club, Haitian Club, National Honor Society, AP Club, Robotics, SAFE Ambassadors, Science National Honor Society, Spanish Club, Student Government, Yearbook, Courage Now, Youth 4 Change [Community Organizing & Social Justice] and Science Olympiad.
Pioneer Marching Band
The Oak Ridge Pioneer Marching Band a.k.a. Marching Pioneers is a well rounded band best described as being both a competition and a show band. The Marching Pioneers can be described as having a polished sound similar to a symphonic band even on the field. They constantly rate "Superior" in most district and state-wide competitions. In the 2009 marching season the band made state semi-finals in FMBC with their show "Spanish Fantasy" and got straight superiors in FBA. They are known for being involved in numerous parades including the Universal Studios Christmas parades,the Downtown Christmas parade and the Martin Luther King Day Parade. In 2009 the band was also asked to play at the grand opening for a local Best Buy store. The band is very popular with numerous Drum Corps and college bands and have hosted practices for many of them including, most recently, the University of Miami's and Penn State's Marching Band. The Marching Pioneers also take part in the annual "Pioneer Days" parade in Orlando Florida and the Florida Classic Battle of the Bands. In the 2012 marching season, the marching pioneers received 1st place in ever single competition they participated in with their show entitiled "Disaster" and went on to place 17th in state semi-finals class 2A. Also in that year, the band was invited to play at several community events including City Year's opening day at Universal Studios, Disney's NCAA classic at the wide world of sports (for the second consecutive year), and an Orlando hotel's employee party. The Pioneer Marching Band is very renowned throughout the state and through its history has won tons of awards and trophies in various competitions. The band is currently under the direction of Jack A. Eaddy Jr.
The Oak Ridge Pioneers compete in interscholastic competition in Football, Flag Football(girls), Bowling, Track and Field, Soccer (Boys & Girls), Baseball, Basketball, Cross Country, Swimming, and Tennis. The school's basketball team was the state runner-up in 2010.
Oak Ridge High School has in the past been known for its track and field teams. Under the leadership of Hall of Fame Coaches Bill Stamper, and John Hemmer (retired), both programs have compiled a total of 114 championships(Metro Conference, District, Region, State). Under the current football coach, former NFL player and Florida Gator Elijah Williams, have had 3 consecutive winning seasons and a trip to the 2nd round of the FHSAA playoffs.
OAK RIDGE PLAYOFF HISTORY
OAK RIDGE (Orlando) (0/5) 1970 2A Paul Adams – – – – – 0 1 0 1974 4A Paul Adams – – – – – 1 1 0 1977 4A Paul Adams – – – – – 1 1 0 2002 6A Marc Jackson – – – – – 0 1 0 2010 6A Elijah Williams – – – – – 1 1 0
Track and Field Championships:
Girls Team Championships (65)
State-(9) 1981 - 1982 - 1983 - 1985 - 1988 - 2004 - 2006 - 2007 - 2008
Region-(19) 1981 - 1982 - 1983 - 1984 - 1985 - 1986 - 1988 - 1998 - 2000 - 2001 - 2002 - 2003 - 2004 - 2005 - 2006 - 2007 - 2008 - 2009 - 2010
District-(20) 1981 - 1982 - 1983 - 1984 - 1985 - 1986 - 1987 - 1996 - 1997 - 2000 - 2001 - 2002 - 2003 - 2004 - 2005 - 2006 - 2007 - 2008 - 2009 - 2010
Metro-(17) 1976 - 1981 - 1982 - 1983 - 1985 - 1986 - 1987 - 1988 - 2002 - 2003 - 2004 - 2005 - 2006 - 2007 - 2008 - 2009 - 2010
Boys Team Championships (52)
Region-(11) 1976–1977–1978–1980–1981–1982–1983–1984–1995–1996 - 2009
District-(19) 1976–1977–1978–1980–1981–1982–1984–1985–1987–1991 - 1992–1993 - 1994–1995–1996–1997–2001 - 2008 - 2009
Metro-(17) 1976–1977–1978–1980–1981–1982–1983–1984–1985–1987 - 1988–1991 - 1992–1993–1994–1995 - 1996
Oak Ridge Track and Field Website
Oak Ridge is home to three district-wide magnet programs: Aviation and Aerospace Engineering, Digital Media and Gaming, and Hospitality Management. In the spring of 2011 Oak Ridge became a certified Project Lead The Way school.
- Kathleen Bevirt Brooks, NASA analytical chemist, Space Technology Hall of Fame inductee
- Craig Crawford, political commentator
- Glenda Hood, Mayor of Orlando (1992–2003), Florida Secretary of State of Florida (2003–2005)
- James E. Rodak, saxophonist, Senior Enlisted Leader, United States Naval Academy Band
- Michael Roberts-Class of 1981-Nashville Recording Artist 2005-Lead Singer,Lead Guitarist of Country Duo "West and Daniels"
All hail to Oak Ridge Pioneers,whose memories live on through the years
Alma Mater we enfold,and praise our colors green and gold
Friendship,honor,love and pride,forever more in us abide
Praise to Oak Ridge brave and true,our loyalty we pledge to you
In 2013, Oak Ridge brought in City Year, a national non-profit and AmeriCorps organization aimed at reducing the dropout crisis in high-needs urban schools. Ten City Year corps members sported red City Year bomber jackets and now serve as full-time tutors and mentors for 9th graders. In the 2012-13 school year 75% of those students regularly tutored by City Year mentors increased their grade in that core subject.
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- "U.S. Naval Academy Band - Members - Master Chief Petty Officer James E. Rodak, USN".