Camden County High School (Georgia)
|Camden County High School|
|6300 Laurel Island Parkway
Kingsland, (Camden County), Georgia 31548-6080
|School type||Public, secondary|
|School district||Camden County Schools|
|Superintendent||Dr. William C. Hardin|
|Color(s)||Columbia blue and white|
Camden County High School is the only public high school for Camden County, Georgia, United States, serving grades 9-12. It is located beside the Camden Recreational Center, which provides the school with many extracurricular services and activities, along with Chris Gilman Stadium, home of the school's football team.
Camden County High School is currently part of the Georgia 6A class of athletics. It hosts over 45 official extracurricular activities and athletic programs, including the National Honor Society, Spanish Honor Society, and Senior Beta Club. Camden County schools are one of only six Georgia public school districts to offer college prep curriculum as well as technical vocational education.
Clubs and organizations
Camden County High School fosters a diverse student body and sponsors a variety of clubs and organizations:
- 4-H Club
- Art Club
- Dance Camden
- Drama Club
- French Club
- Interact Club
- International Thespian Society
- Junior Beta Club
- Key Club
- Literary Club
- Mock Trial
- National Hispanic Honor Society
- National Honor Society
- National Science Honor Society
- Science Club
- Senior Beta Club
- Spanish Club
- Student Council
- Youth Alive
Camden County High School is most well known for the huge support of its football team (the Wildcats), which holds the state record for the longest regular-season winning streak at 58 games. The team was Region Champions in 1975, 1979, 1987, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1996, and every year from 2001 to 2013. The Wildcat football team has won three AAAAA State Championships, the first in 2003, then back-to-back state titles in 2008 and 2009. Camden County has become a staple in the SEC and ACC college recruiting circuits.
Camden County's volleyball and wrestling teams finished in the top ten of state competition during the 2006-2007 seasons.
The all-girl cheerleading squad won regions in 1994-1999; then they became coed. The coed cheerleading squad finished second at state in 2002. They were the national team of the year in 2002. In 2009, they placed third at state.
In the 2008–09 year, the varsity wrestling team placed fourth at the state dual meet, their first time placing at state. The team were region champs for 13 consecutive seasons, from 1999–2011. They also placed third at the traditional state meet. In the 2009–2010 season, the varsity wrestling team placed third in both the dual and traditional State meet. In the 2010–2011 season, the wrestling team had its highest-ever finish by placing second in both the traditional and dual state meet. On January 14, 2012 Camden County High School's varsity wrestling team won the GA AAAAA State Dual Championship, knocking off four-time defending champions Collins Hill. In a county steeped in football history, this was a major feat for what is considered locally to be a minor sport. It is a great testament to the team who have broken through the local football-only mentality to grasp the only state championship outside of football in school history. In 2015 the wrestling team won the GA AAAAA State Dual and Traditional Championship.
In 2007, the boys' baseball team made it to the state semi-finals. The baseball team were also region champions in 2006, 2007, 2008, 2014. In 2007, Camden made it to the final four before being knocked out by Walton, and finished the season with a school record of 29 wins. In 2008 the baseball team made it back to the Elite Eight before being knocked out again by Walton.
The girls' track team were the 3AAA state champs in 1989. The boys' track team won the 4AAA championship in 1999 .
In the 2013-2014 gymnastics season, Tierra Acoff finished fifth in floor, fourth in vault, and fourth all around at the state meet. In the 2014-2015 gymnstics season, Acoff finished third on bar and fourth on beam at the state meet.
The school regularly takes students to the State Swim Championships in Atlanta and to the NJROTC Area 12 championships held throughout Georgia. The CCHS NJROTC Color Guard placed first in the state in 2007.
The girls' tennis team has gone to the final four the past two years and made it the furthest in the playoffs out of any other sport in the 2008 season. The CCHS softball team were the region champions in the 2008 season.
The DOE Science Bowl team won regionals in 2009 and placed fourth in the state, with two teams taking first and second place in the 2010 regional competition. One of those teams also placed third at the state level. The DOE Science bowl team won first and second in the 2012 regional competition as well.
Due to Camden County's large number of military personnel based on or near the Kings Bay Naval Submarine Base in nearby Saint Marys, the Naval Junior Reserve Officers Training Corps (NJROTC) program at Camden County High allows the unique opportunity for students to learn and experience military related academics and physical training taught by former enlisted personnel of the United States Navy (and one instructor from the United States Marine Corps).
Students who "enlist" in the NJROTC program are called "cadets" and must participate and listen to their Naval Science Instructors, who teach cadets proper military manner and often share "sea stories" with the cadets from their time in the military.
Cadets are required to wear at least once a week the "Cloth of the Nation," the uniform they are given at the beginning of the school year. Often the "Cloth of the Nation" is worn every Thursday so as to build character and teach cadets how to properly wear the same uniform that actual current military personnel wear. Often guest inspectors from the submarine base will inspect the cadets on their appearance. More often, higher ranking cadets (or staff) do this inspection. The uniform grade is a major part of a cadet's academic grade.
The NJROTC program takes part in local parades in Camden County. Cadets are required to attend and march to show the community their commitment to the program. The parades are always held in Kingsland, Saint Marys, and Woodbine.
NJROTC performs in color guards, unarmed guard, and armed guard. The program allows cadets the opportunity to learn how to perform with rifles or how to do marching maneuvers that demonstrate the commitment and hard work the cadets put into the program. Cadets on any of the teams are able to travel and go up against rival schools in both Florida and Georgia.
The NJROTC program at Camden County High School is relatively young and only a few teachers (NSIs) have had the chance to command the program. One former officer is required for each NJROTC program with former enlisted NSIs as well. All former or current NSIs are as follows:
Naval Science Instructor (Officers)
- Lieutenant Colonel Stephan Banta, USMC Retired (present)
Naval Science Instructor (Enlisted)
- Fifth Fleet Command Master Chief Robert J. Chapman, USN Retired (present)
- Master Chief Hospital Corpsman Robert Bell, USN Retired (present)
- Boatswains Mate First Class Donna K. Stavely, USN Retired (September 2010)
Camden County High School is one of the largest high schools in Georgia.
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- "Administration". Camden County Schools. Retrieved 2009-03-30.
- "Camden County High School". National Center for Education Statistics. Retrieved December 29, 2017.
- "Athletics". Camden County Schools. Retrieved 2009-03-30.
- Drama Club
- "CCHS Improvement PlanAnnual" (PDF). Camden County School District. March 25, 2010. Retrieved October 26, 2011.