Ocean City High School

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Ocean City High School
Ocean City High School.JPG
501 Atlantic Avenue
Ocean City, NJ 08226

Type Public high school
Established 1904
School district Ocean City School District
Principal Dr. Matthew Jamison
Faculty 97.4 (on FTE basis)[1]
Grades 9 - 12
Enrollment 1,242 (as of 2010-11)[1]
Student to teacher ratio 12.75:1[1]
Athletics conference Cape-Atlantic League
Mascot Red Raiders
Preserved entrance to the demolished 1924 building.

Ocean City High School is a four-year comprehensive public high school located in Ocean City, in Cape May County, New Jersey, United States, operating as part of the Ocean City School District. Students from the Corbin City, Sea Isle City and Upper Township school districts attend Ocean City High School as part of sending/receiving relationships.[2]

As of the 2010-11 school year, the school had an enrollment of 1,242 students and 97.4 classroom teachers (on an FTE basis), for a student–teacher ratio of 12.75:1. There were 118 students (9.5% of enrollment) eligible for free lunch and 31 (2.5% of students) eligible for reduced-cost lunch.[1]

Awards, recognition and rankings[edit]

In the 2011 "Ranking America's High Schools" issue by The Washington Post, the school was ranked 67th in New Jersey and 1,938th nationwide.[3] In Newsweek's May 22, 2007 issue, ranking the country's top high schools, Ocean City High School was listed in 1210th place, the 41st-highest ranked school in New Jersey.[4]

In its 2013 report on "America's Best High Schools", The Daily Beast ranked the school 872nd in the nation among participating public high schools and 65th among schools in New Jersey.[5]

The school was the 63rd-ranked public high school in New Jersey out of 328 schools statewide in New Jersey Monthly magazine's September 2012 cover story on the state's "Top Public High Schools", after being ranked 99th in 2010 out of 322 schools listed.[6] The magazine ranked the school 110th in 2008 out of 316 schools.[7] The school was ranked 93rd in the magazine's September 2006 issue, which surveyed 316 schools across the state.[8] Schooldigger.com ranked the school 154th out of 381 public high schools statewide in its 2011 rankings (a decrease of 53 positions from the 2010 ranking) which were based on the combined percentage of students classified as proficient or above proficient on the mathematics (83.2%) and language arts literacy (93.5%) components of the High School Proficiency Assessment (HSPA).[9]


Ocean City High School first graduating class, in 1904, consisted of six students, who attended a school building located at Central Avenue between 8th and 9th streets. A new building was constructed at the site that served as the high school until 1924. The second OCHS building was constructed between 5th and 6th Streets and Atlantic and Ocean Avenues, by Vivian B. Smith, an architect and OCHS alumnus, and was expanded in 1963 with north and south wings added. After 1961, students from Somers Point and Linwood no longer attended the high school. A 1982 renovation project replaced and renovated the front portion of the old building.[10]

On December 11, 2001, voters approved construction of the current facility on Atlantic Avenue between 5th and 6th streets. Construction began in 2004 and the new building was finished for the 2004-05 school year. The old building was gradually torn down and replaced by parking and tennis courts. A Neo-Gothic entrance arch is the only remnant of the previous structure.[10]


The Ocean City High School Red Raiders compete in the Atlantic Division of the Cape-Atlantic League, an athletic conference consisting of both parochial and public high schools located in Atlantic County, Cape May County, Cumberland County and Gloucester County, operating under the aegis of the New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association.[11] With 948 students in grades 10-12, the school is classified by the NJSIAA as South Jersey Group III, a category that includes schools with enrollment of 805 to 1,112.[12]

The school has many athletic teams and extracurricular activities. Carey Stadium is used for Ocean City High School's football team. Soccer and lacrosse are played at the Tennessee Avenue fields. The school also has baseball, wrestling, tennis, field hockey, swimming, crew, cross country, track and many other teams.

The football team won the South Jersey state sectional championships in 1984 (Group III), 1996 (Group IV) and in both 1998 and 1999 (Group III).[13] In 1996, the football team won the South Jersey, Group IV state title, completing a perfect season which included a 6-5 victory over arch-rival Mainland Regional High School.[14] In 1998, after moving back down to Group III, they won the title again, beating Toms River High School South in the championship game played at Rutgers Stadium. The Red Raiders went 11-1, with their only defeat coming in the closing moments against Millville Senior High School.[15] In 1999, the football team successfully defended their title, winning the South Jersey Group III championship by beating previously undefeated Mainland Regional in the championship game, played at Rutgers Stadium, winning by a score of 21-18.[16]

In 2005, the field hockey team won the South Jersey Group III state sectional championship with a 1-0 double-overtime win against Kingsway Regional High School in the tournament final, after losing twice in the two previous years to Kingsway in the tournament final.[17][18][19] The team moved on to win the 2005 Group III state championship with a pair of 2-1 wins against Moorestown High School in the semifinals and Ridge High School in the finals.[20][21]

The boys' soccer team won the 2003 state championship, defeating Ramapo High School 1-0 in the tournament final.[22] The team won the NJSIAA South, Group III 2004 soccer championship with a 3-1 win against Delsea Regional High School.[23][24] The team won again in 2005, defeating Lacey Township High School 5-0.[25] The team then moved on to the state semifinals and final, defeating Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School 2-0 in the group championship.[26] The team was ranked number one in the state in 2005 by The Star-Ledger.[27] In 2007, the boys soccer team won the South Jersey Group III state sectional championship with a 5-1 win over Kingsway Regional High School in the tournament final.[28]

The boys basketball team won the New Jersey state championship in 1955 and 1964 under legendary coach Fred "Dixie" Howell. On March 21, 1964 at the Atlantic City Convention Hall, the OCHS basketball team won the Group II State Championship by defeating North Arlington High School 76-51.[29] During their championship run they won every game by 20 points or more.

Ocean City plans to rename its gym in honor of Coach “Dixie” Howell, who died in 1988. In addition to his 17 years as Ocean City High School's athletic director, Howell also coached baseball, tennis and football. In 15 years as the OCHS basketball coach, he led the team to a 309-78 record, two state championships (1955 & 1964) and three South Jersey championships.[30]

In 2013, the Red Raiders baseball team finished the season at an astounding 23-4, including a Cape Atlantic League record 20 straight victories. They reached the South Jersey finals against Burlington Township but were defeated 4-0.

Also in 2013, the Ocean City High School Freshman Eight boys crew team won their first Stotesbury Cup Regatta Gold. This event is the world's oldest and largest high school regatta..[31]

Notable alumni[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d Data for Ocean City High, National Center for Education Statistics. Accessed December 10, 2012.
  2. ^ Ocean City High School 2011 Report Card Narrative, New Jersey Department of Education. Accessed June 13, 2011. "Ocean City High School is a comprehensive high school serving the communities of Ocean City, Upper Township, Sea Isle City, and Corbin City, with an enrollment of over 1,280 students. "
  3. ^ Mathews, Jay. "The High School Challenge 2011: Ocean City High School", The Washington Post. Accessed September 11, 2011.
  4. ^ "The Top of the Class: The complete list of the 1,200 top U.S. schools", Newsweek, May 22, 2007. Accessed May 24, 2007.
  5. ^ Streib, Lauren. "America's Best High Schools", The Daily Beast, May 6, 2013. Accessed May 9, 2013.
  6. ^ Staff. "The Top New Jersey High Schools: Alphabetical", New Jersey Monthly, August 16, 2012. Accessed September 20, 2012.
  7. ^ Staff. "2010 Top High Schools", New Jersey Monthly, August 16, 2010. Accessed June 13, 2011.
  8. ^ "Top New Jersey High Schools 2008: By Rank", New Jersey Monthly, September 2008, posted August 7, 2008. Accessed August 19, 2008.
  9. ^ New Jersey High School Rankings: 11th Grade HSPA Language Arts Literacy & HSPA Math 2010-2011, Schooldigger.com. Accessed March 5, 2012.
  10. ^ a b About the School, Ocean City High School. Accessed June 13, 2011.
  11. ^ League Memberships – 2012-2013, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed September 20, 2012.
  12. ^ 2011-2012 Public Schools Group Classification for ShopRite Cup–Tennis–Soccer–Basketball–Baseball–Softball for South Jersey, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed February 4, 2012.
  13. ^ Goldberg, Jeff. N.J.S.I.A.A. FOOTBALL PLAYOFF CHAMPIONS, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed November 27, 2011.
  14. ^ McGarry, Michael. "HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL / OCEAN CITY RED RAIDERS / RAIDING THE GROUP IV CROWN", The Press of Atlantic City, December 14, 1996. Accessed June 13, 2011. "The Ocean City High School football team was perfect this season. The Red Raiders finished 11-0 and won the South Jersey Group IV championship with a 27-7 defeat of Shawnee. Ocean City became the first Cape-Atlantic League school since Millville in 1975 to win the South Jersey Group IV title."
  15. ^ McGarry, Michael. "SOUTH JERSEY GROUP III CHAMPIONS / OCEAN CITY RED RAIDERS / WE ARE FAMILY / HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL", The Press of Atlantic City, December 16, 1998. Accessed June 13, 2011. "Ocean City finished 11-1 and beat Toms River South 34-18 at Rutgers University to win the South Jersey Group III title."
  16. ^ McGarry, Michael. "Atlantic City Takes First Title, Ocean City Wins Thriller", The Press of Atlantic City, December 6, 1999. Accessed June 13, 2011. "In the first game, Ocean City upset previously undefeated Mainland Regional 21- 18 to win the South Jersey Group III title."
  17. ^ "Ocean City, Eastern, Shawnee win titles", The Star-Ledger, November 13, 2005. Accessed August 18, 2007. "Melissa Hunter converted a perfect feed from Kimmie Krzyk with 6:24 left in the second overtime to send Ocean City, No. 4 in The Star-Ledger Top 20, to a 1-0 victory over No. 15 Kingsway in the NJSIAA/Pros For Kids South Jersey, Group 3 championship yesterday in Ocean City."
  18. ^ Gargan, Guy. "HIGH SCHOOL FIELD HOCKEY / OCEAN CITY WINS OT THRILLER", The Press of Atlantic City, November 13, 2005. Accessed August 18, 2007. "The teams met in the South Jersey Group III championship game for the third straight year, and Ocean City ended two years of frustration by pulling out a tense and exciting 1-0 victory."
  19. ^ 2005 Field Hockey - South - III, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed August 19, 2007.
  20. ^ Lawrence, Ryan. "Ocean City holds on to beat Ridge, wins Group 3 title", Courier-Post, November 21, 2005. Accessed August 18, 2007. "The Red Raiders scored twice in the first 14 minutes vs. Ridge en route to a 2-1 win in the Group 3 state title game, collecting the school's first crown since 2002."
  21. ^ 2005 Field Hockey - Semis/Group Finals, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed November 20, 2006.
  22. ^ 2003 NJSIAA Group 3 Boys' Soccer State Tournament, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed April 24, 2007.
  23. ^ Pompey, Keith. "Ocean City tops Delsea in a hostile showdown", The Philadelphia Inquirer, November 13, 2004. Accessed August 19, 2007. "In the end, the Red Raiders managed to win their fifth South Jersey Group 3 championship title in six years with a 3-1 victory yesterday on their home turf."
  24. ^ 2004 Boys Soccer - South, Group III, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed August 19, 2007.
  25. ^ South, Group III 2005 Soccer Bracket, NJSIAA. Accessed May 10, 2006.
  26. ^ 2005 Boys Soccer - Public Semis/Finals, NJSIAA. Accessed May 10, 2006.
  27. ^ TEAM OF THE YEAR: No. 1 Ocean City was always ready, The Star-Ledger, December 11, 2005.
  28. ^ 2007 Boys Soccer - South, Group III, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed November 14, 2007.
  29. ^ Ocean City: 1954 through 1987, Ocean City Historical Museum. Accessed June 21, 2007. "1964: On March 21, the OCHS basketball team won the Group II State Championship defeating North Arlington 76-51. The coach was Fred “Dixie” Howell ..."
  30. ^ Miller, Michael. "Ocean City to name gym after Fred ‘Dixie' Howell", Press of Atlantic City, June 21, 2007. Accessed June 21, 2007. "He boasted a record of 309-78 in 15 years as basketball coach with state championships in 1955 and 1964 and one second-place finish. His teams also won three South Jersey championships."
  31. ^ Lala, Elisa. "Ocean City BOE honors high school Freshman Eight for Stotesbury win", The Press of Atlantic City, July 3, 2013. Accessed July 16, 2013. "The Ocean City Board of Education during its June 26 meeting recognized the Ocean City High School Freshman Eight boys crew team for its historic Stotesbury Regatta victory May 18 in Philadelphia.This was first time in Stotesbury Regatta history that an Ocean City team has won gold at this event, defeating 44 other boats."
  32. ^ Weinberg, David. "COLMAN: FAN TURNOUT SHOCKED ARRIVING TITANS", The Press of Atlantic City, January 22, 2000. Accessed June 13, 2011. "According to Titans linebacker Doug Colman, a Ventnor native and Ocean City High School graduate, the team encountered a rowdy celebration upon returning to Nashville after its 19-16 win at Indianapolis last week."
  33. ^ Doug Colman, database Football. Accessed November 6, 2007.
  34. ^ Konkol, Mark J. "Dept. of Dirty Laundry: Crazy, man: A relationship expert? Really, now. Isn't Anne Heche the last person qualified to play one on tv?", Chicago Sun-Times, September 3, 2006. Accessed January 22, 2011. "She went to Ocean City High School in New Jersey but graduated from Francis W. Parker School in Lincoln Park in 1987."
  35. ^ Jackson, Vincent. "LOCAL BOYS MAKES NEWS / MTV NEWS ANSHORMAN KURT LODER ONCE CALLED OCEAN CITY HIS HOME", The Press of Atlantic City, August 23, 1998. Accessed September 20, 2012. "He graduated from Ocean City High School and still has two brothers who live in Marmora, a small community in Upper Township in Cape May County."
  36. ^ McGarry, Michael. "Former Ocean City star Chad Severs to coach soccer at Holy Spirit", The Press of Atlantic City, July 13, 2010. Accessed June 13, 2011. "Severs, a former Ocean City High School standout, is the new Holy Spirit boys soccer coach, Spartans athletic director Keith Gorman announced Monday."
  37. ^ Cathcart, Rebecca. "Lecture: Gay Talese", Bullpen of New York University. Accessed May 14, 2007. "At Ocean City High School, Talese focused more on the articles he wrote for the school paper and the Atlantic City daily, than on his classes."
  38. ^ Lulgjuraj, Susan. "PRO SOCCER / OCEAN CITY GRADUATE DRAFTED BY MLS TEAM", The Press of Atlantic City, January 27, 2006. Accessed June 13, 2011. "The New England Revolution selects Lehigh senior Adam Williamson in the third round of the MLS supplemental draft."

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