Orchard Park High School
|Orchard Park High School|
|4040 Baker Road
Orchard Park, New York, 14127
|School district||Orchard Park Central School District|
|Principal||Mr. Jonathan Wolf|
|Teaching staff||116.1 (FTE) (as of 2007-08)|
|Enrollment||1,693 (as of 2007-08)|
|Student to teacher ratio||14.6 (as of 2007-08)|
|Color(s)||Maroon and White|
|Athletics||NYSPHSAA Section 6|
|Mascot||Opie the Quaker|
Orchard Park High School is a secondary school in Orchard Park, New York. The school has approximately 1725 children in grades 9-12. The students are divided among three houses with a principal for each house and a principal who oversees the entire school.
History and description of Campus
The main portion of the current high school building was completed in the late 1940s, and served from then until 1976 as the junior high school. In 1976, a large addition and renovation process doubled the size of the building and it became the high school. (The old junior high gym became the pool and added the gym adjacent to it. Also added is the three-story classroom addition and an auditorium adjacent to the original building.) (The former high school became a Middle School, which currently houses grades 6-8.) A common complaint regarding building design is that the narrowest staircase (capable of fitting only two people abreast) is in a central location; heavy between-period traffic often becomes congested in a bottleneck. The building had undergone only minimal refurbishment and changes since the late 1970s until the summer of 2008.
In 2008 renovations began in the science wing, the auditorium, the locker rooms, and turned the stage in the cafeteria into the new weight room. The old weight room is now a technology room. The Freeman entrance was also renovated, adding a larger hallway to the exit as well as a handicap ramp. All the renovations were complete by September 2010.~
Orchard Park High School offers courses in Art, Business, Math, Science, English, Social Studies, Physical Education, Foreign Language, Technology, Career and Technological Education, and Music. It offers 13 Advanced Placement courses: AP World History, AP European History, AP US History, AP US Government and Politics, AP Macroeconomics, AP Calculus, (AB and BC) AP Latin, AP Spanish, AP French Language, AP Physics, AP Computer Science, AP English Language and Composition, and AP English Literature and Composition.
Student groups and activities include Cancer Awareness Club, History Club, Math Club, Science Olympiad Team, Math Tutoring Association, Philosophy Club, Masterminds, Model Congress, Mock Trial, Book Club, Student-Run Literary Magazine (Still Life), Ecology Club, Model UN, Destination Imagination, Rugby, Future Business Leaders of America, Color Guard, Winter Guard, Future Teachers of America, SOIL club and Rock Climbing Club. The school also has an interactive student, teacher, parent, and administrator government program known as STAP-Comm.
Athletic opportunities include football (2008 and 2011 Class AA State Champions) Cross-country, indoor track and field, outdoor track and field, wrestling, baseball (1988 New York State Class A Champions) basketball, archery, swimming and diving (1999-2000 New York State Champions), rifle, bowling, tennis, lacrosse, field hockey, cheerleading, gymnastics, golf (2008 ECIC Team Champions), club hockey (winner of the last eight "Super Thursdays" for the Southtowns Club Hockey League), and volleyball (2008 New York State Champions).
Orchard Park is home to the Quaker Marching Band (2007 New York State Field Band Conference Champions), and several additional ensembles including Wind Ensemble, Symphonic Band, Checkmates, Jazz Ensemble, String Orchestra, Full Orchestra, Swing Chorus, Choraliers, Mixed Chorus and Girls' Chorus. Students at Orchard Park High School can also participate in a strong theatrical program well known for their musicals and dramas. In spring of 2014, the Drama Club presented Les Misérables (musical) and received Kenny Awards for Outstanding Production, Rising Star, Best Actor in a Supporting Role, Best Actress in a Supporting Role, and Best Orchestral Performance.
School Spirit and Traditions
The school mascot is Opie the Quaker. The school colors are Maroon and White.
Like most schools, O.P.H.S. has a school spirit week on the week before homecoming, with themes such as neon day and school color day. On Friday of spirit week they have a pep rally and a Powder Puff game which features the junior girls versus the senior girls. On Saturday of that week there is a parade in the morning, the varsity football game in the afternoon, and the dance later that night.
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- Brian Dux, BLL MVP
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- John Koelmel, CEO of First Niagara Bank
- Larry Pfohl (Lex Luger), professional wrestler
- Ron Pitts, former NFL player, Now NFL on FOX Sports broadcaster
- Todd Schlopy, former NFL player, Buffalo Bills
- Josh Thomas, Indianapolis Colts defensive end
- Craig Wolfley,former NFL Player
- Ron Wolfley, former NFL player, brother of Craig Wolfley.
- William Sadler, Saturn Award winning Actor
- John Klanac Professional Volley Ball player, NCAA National Champion (OSU)
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