Oakland Mills High School
|Oakland Mills High School|
|9410 Kilimanjaro Road
Columbia, MD, Maryland, 21045
|School board||Howard County Public Schools Board of Education|
|School district||Howard County Public Schools|
|School number||(240) 236-7000|
|Principal||Mr. Karim Shortridge|
|Vice principal||Brian Wallace
|Number of students||1,175 |
|Average class size||300|
|Hours in school day||7|
|Website||Oakland Mills High School website|
The building had its first renovation in 1991, then again in 1998. A new addition was put onto the school in 2004, the "new wing," raising its total capacity to 1,400 students.
- 1 Demographics
- 2 Activities
- 3 Gifted and Talented Achievements
- 4 Athletics
- 5 Notable alumni
- 6 References and notes
- 7 External links
Oakland Mills has the most ethnically diverse population of Howard County Public Schools. Of the student body, 38.3% are African American, 33.6% are White, 13.9% are Hispanic, 7% are Asian, 0.1% are Native American, and 7% are two or more races.
For students receiving special services in the 2009-2010 yr, 1.7% were limited English proficiency, 28.1% received free/reduced lunches, and 9.1% were enrolled special education. The dropout rate is 25.4%.
In 2007, Guidance Counselor Pauline Phillips was named 2006 Howard County Counselor of the Year, and 2006 Maryland State Counselor of the Year.
In 2011, health teacher Kimberly Rosado was awarded Teacher of the Year by the senior class. Principal Frank Eastham tied as Howard County's Principal-of-the-Year. Senior Alexis Adams served as the sole Student Member of the Board (SMOB) for the Howard County Board of Education.
The athletics at Oakland Mills enjoy a widespread and rabid fanbase, with black and orange-clad Spirit Club members to be found at every game. Popular school slogans include "You can't spell cHaMpiOnS without OMHS" and "There's no place like hOMe".
The school also has an accomplished music and drama program. The choir, band, and orchestra are consistently given high ratings at various adjudications and festivals. For the past two years, Oakland Mills has also participated in the Baltimore area Critics and Awards Program for High School Students (typically known as "Cappies"). The 2006 spring musical, Seussical, was nominated for 13 awards. The 2005 show, Footloose was nominated for 11 awards, winning two (Ensemble in a Musical and Cameo Actress).
The school's boys cross country team has won a state record 12 cross country state titles, including six in a row in the late eighties and early nineties. The team also had a surge of championships around the start of the 21st century, to include some narrow victories over Glenelg High School.
Gifted and Talented Achievements
In the 2009-2010 school year about 30% of students were enrolled in GT classes and about 20% in AP classes according to the High School Needs/Data Assessment. The enrollment of students in the 18 AP courses which OMHS offers has increased by 4% since 2008: this includes the 3% increase of African American students and 2% increase of Hispanic students.
Students have been successful in higher-level classes. Ex: 89% of OMHS students who took the English Language and Composition AP/GT exam received a passing score of 3 or higher, and 86% of students who took the World History AP/GT exam received a 3 or higher. Both of these numbers impressively exceed the national average pass rate of 53% (collegeboard.com).
From the 2009-2010 school year to the present 2010-2011 school year, there has also been a 12.5% increase in the size of the OMHS National Honor Society. Currently, 38% of the students in NHS are minorities, 14% of whom are African American.
From statewide and national standpoints,OMHS students have received further recognition. Since 2009, there have been 67 Maryland Distinguished Scholars: 6 semifinalists, and 9 finalists. There were also 19 National Merit Scholars and 5 finalists. In the class of 2011, OMHS has 6 National Achievement Scholars, a program for African American students, and of that 6 there are 2 finalists.
Since 2009 the school has had one or more students accepted into 6 of the 8 Ivy League schools, including Harvard College, Princeton University, and Brown University, and other prestigious schools such as the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Carnegie Mellon University, Stanford University, Georgetown University, and even Juilliard School. A number of these acceptances have been of minority students: Princeton University, Cornell University, Carnegie Mellon University, and several more.
Oakland Mills High School has won dozens of State Championships. Here is a list of the titles that the school owns:
- 1990 - Boys' Basketball 
- 1998 - Girls' Basketball 
Boy's Indoor Track
- 2004 - Boys' 2A-1A Indoor Track 
- 2002 - Boys' 2A-1A Indoor Track
- 2001 - Boys' 2A-1A Indoor Track
- 2000 - Boys' 2A-1A Indoor Track
- 1999 - Boys' 2A-1A Indoor Track
- 1994 - Boys' 2A-1A Indoor Track
- 1993 - Boys' 2A-1A Indoor Track
- 1991 - Boys' 3A Indoor Track 
Boys' Track & Field
- 2010 - Boys' Track & Field 
- 2004 - Boys' Track & Field 
- 2002 - Boys' Track & Field
- 2001 - Boys' Track & Field
- 2000 - Boys' Track & Field
- 1998 - Boys' Track & Field
- 1996 - Boys' Track & Field
- 1995 - Boys' Track & Field
- 1994 - Boys' Track & Field
- 1993 - Boys' Track & Field
- 1991 - Boys' Track & Field
- 1989 - Boys' Track & Field
- 1981 - Boys' Track & Field
Girls' Track & Field
- 1978 - Girls' Track & Field 
Girls' Indoor Track
- 2000 - Girls' 2A-1A Indoor Track 
- 1998 - Girls' 2A-1A Indoor Track
- 1986 - Wrestling 
- 1982 - Wrestling
- 1980 - Wrestling
Boys' Cross Country
- 2001 - Boys' Cross-Country 
- 2000 - Boys' Cross-Country
- 1999 - Boys' Cross-Country
- 1994 - Boys' Cross-Country
- 1992 - Boys' Cross-Country
- 1989 - Boys' Cross-Country
- 1988 - Boys' Cross-Country
- 1987 - Boys' Cross-Country
- 1986 - Boys' Cross-Country
- 1985 - Boys' Cross-Country
- 1984 - Boys' Cross-Country
- 1975 - Boys' Cross-Country
- 2002 - Boys' Soccer 
- 2000 - Boys' Soccer
- 1999 - Boys' Soccer
- 1998 - Boys' Soccer
- 1994 - Boys' Soccer
- 1990 - Boys' Soccer
- 1988 - Boys' Soccer
- 1986 - Boys' Soccer
- 1985 - Boys' Soccer
- 1981 - Boys' Soccer
- 1980 - Boys' Soccer
- 1979 - Boys' Soccer
- 1995 - Girls' Soccer 
- 1992 - Girls' Soccer
- 1998 - Football 
- Carl Jonathan Bowie - 1990 death concerned neighborhood.
- Tony Cole - Big Ten Conference Champion in the 60 and 200 meter dashes for Ohio State University
- Bryan Czap - Guitarist of alternative-rock band The Dangerous Summer (band)
- Jon Dupree - Guitarist of hardcore punk/metal band Void 
- Darryl Gee - U.S. Olympic Soccer player
- Chris Gronet - founder of Solyndra and Rocket Renewables
- David Howard - 7th Round Pick (241 overall) by the Tennessee Titans in the 2010 NFL Draft.
- D'Monroe - a Broadway and Off-Broadway actor
- JJ Kincaid - New York City and nationwide radio personality and frequent entertainment television contributor.
- Aaron McGruder - creator of The Boondocks
- Randy Pausch - professor at Carnegie-Mellon University. Dr. Pausch, a father of three young children, gained a level of internet and YouTube notoriety for recording what is known as his inspirational "Last Lecture" due to a battle with terminal pancreatic cancer.
- Clint Peay - Fullback, Mens National Team Player, DC United Star, and U.S. Olympic Soccer player
- Rob Ryerson - former professional soccer player, soccer coach at Mount St. Mary's University
- David Andrew Sitek - Musician known for TV on The Radio, Akimilli.
- Terry Virts - NASA Astronaut 
- Dante Washington - Mens National Team Player, MLS Scorer, and U.S. Olympic Soccer player
References and notes
- MPSSAA Boys Basketball
- MPSSAA Girls Basketball
- MPSSAA Boys Indoor Track
- 05/29/10 Maryland State Outdoor Track Championships
- MPSSAA Boys' Track & Field
- MPSSAA Girls Track & Field
- MPSSAA Girls Indoor Track
- MPSSAA Wresting
- MPSSAA Boys' Cross-Country
- MPSSAA Boys Soccer
- MPSSAA Girls Soccer
- 2000,2001,2002,and 2007 MPSSAA Football
- "Suicide or Homicide? Church leaders ask for federal investigation". The Baltimore Afro-American. 24 July 1992.
- "Prof Whose 'Last Lecture' Became a Sensation Dies", WMAR-TV, ABC2 News, July 25, 2008, accessed July 25, 2008