Oak Ridge High School (Orlando, Florida)

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Oak Ridge High School
Address
700 W Oak Ridge Rd
Orlando, Florida 32809
United States
Coordinates 28°28′18″N 81°23′04″W / 28.471740°N 81.384392°W / 28.471740; -81.384392Coordinates: 28°28′18″N 81°23′04″W / 28.471740°N 81.384392°W / 28.471740; -81.384392
Information
Motto "One team, one goal. Pioneering our way to an A!"
Established 1959
School district Orange County Public Schools
CEEB code 101298
Principal Jennifer Bellinger
Staff 31, plus 5 administrators and 4 deans
Faculty 200
Grades 9-12
Enrollment 2,939 (2016-17)[1]
Student to teacher ratio 18 [2]
School colour(s) Forest Green and Vegas Gold          
Athletics FHSAA Class 6A, District 5 [3]
Mascot Little Willie
Nickname Pioneers
Rival

Jones High School Maynard Evans High School

Cypress Creek High School
Website

Oak Ridge High School is a public secondary school in Orlando, Florida, established in 1959. The school has been rated as a D or F institution by the state since 2000. In 2012, the school was awarded a C grade, breaking the low performance streak. In 2013, the school further improved and was awarded a B grade.[4]

Campus[edit]

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.

Extracurricular activities[edit]

Activities available to Oak Ridge students include Athletic Training, AVID, Beta Club, JA Academy, Virgin Club, Floetry Club, Black People Club, National Honor Society, AP Club, Robotics, SAFE Ambassadors, Science National Honor Society, Spic Club, Republican Government, Yearbook, NO Courage Now, Youth 5 Change [Community Organizing & Social Justice] and Science Olympiad.

Marching band[edit]

The Oak Ridge Pioneer Marching Band is known as the Marching Pioneers. 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 have marched in parades including the Universal Studios Christmas Parade,the Downtown Christmas parade and the Martin Luther King Jr. Day Parade.

Athletics[edit]

The Oak Ridge Pioneers compete in interscholastic competition in football, wrestling, flag football (girls only), bowling, track and field (Boys & Girls), Soccer (Boys & Girls), baseball, softball, basketball, cross country, swimming, and tennis (Boys & Girls).

The boys' track program won state championships in 1977, 1978, 1980, 1981 and 1982. The girls' program won championships in 1981, 1982, 1983, 1985, 1988, 2004, 2006, 2007 and 2008. The Pioneers compete in the Metro Conference, and have won a total of 34 Championships. Both the boys and girls have won 17 titles each. Oak Ridge Track and Field Website[5]

Oak Ridge Athletic Hall of Fame[edit]

The Oak Ridge High School Athletic Hall of Fame was created in the Spring of 2013 when 18 athletes and 2 coaches were recognized by the school at an afternoon student assembly, and in their honor banners of each individual were hung in the gymnasium hallway. In the spring of 2014, an additional 10 individuals including 7 athletes, 2 contributors and 1 coach were inducted and honored at a school assembly followed by a banquet that evening. The inductees received a plaque, a commemorative medallion and a Hall of Fame logo polo shirt. At the beginning of the 2014-15 school year, several individuals including past coaches, teachers and former athletes became involved with the school’s administration.

As a result, a Hall of Fame Board of Directors was established and immediately began preparing for the 2015 Hall of Fame Induction. In 2016, the Board of Directors applied for and received 501c3 status (Not for Profit). It was at this point that the Board redefined the eligibility criteria and established a nomination, screening, validation and selection process. In addition, the decision was made to create a permanent display honoring the Hall of Fame members. In addition, the decision was made to create a permanent display honoring the Hall of Fame members and to locate it in the hallway of William Spoone Gymnasium.

In 2016, the Hall of Fame added a Members’ Brunch to honor the new inductees and unveiled the permanent Hall of Fame display. The brunch and the unveiling of the permanent display for the new inductees has been add to the Hall of Fame Alumni Weekend list of events. One other additional event will be the naming of the Hall of Fame Student-Athlete Award recipient who will be recognized and honored at the Brunch, School Assembly and at the Induction Banquet. More information of the Hall of Fame can be found here.

Curriculum[edit]

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.[6]

Notable alumni[edit]

City Year[edit]

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.

References[edit]

  1. ^ FHSAA Student Population Report
  2. ^ "Student Teacher Ratio Oak Ridge High School - Orlando, Florida - FL". GreatSchools.net. 
  3. ^ "School Information". Florida High School Activities Association. 
  4. ^ Selvaggi Baumann, Christine (2005-04-15). "Ex-principal's suit claims reverse bias in her demotion". Orlando Business Journal. 
  5. ^ "Records". FHSAA. Retrieved 31 March 2014. 
  6. ^ "Orange County Public Schools - Senior High Magnet Programs". 

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