Ocean City High School
- See here for the closed Ocean City High School in Maryland.
|Ocean City High School|
|Type||Public high school|
|School district||Ocean City School District|
|Enrollment||1,254 (as of 2015-16)|
|Student to teacher ratio||12.7:1|
|Color(s)|| Red and|
|Athletics conference||Cape-Atlantic League|
Ocean City High School (OCHS) is a four-year comprehensive public high school located in Ocean City, in Cape May County, New Jersey, United States, serving students in ninth through twelfth grades as the lone secondary school of the Ocean City School District. Students from the Corbin City, Longport, Sea Isle City and Upper Township school districts attend Ocean City High School as part of sending/receiving relationships.
As of the 2015-16 school year, the school had an enrollment of 1,254 students and 98.8 classroom teachers (on an FTE basis), for a student–teacher ratio of 12.7:1. There were 150 students (12.0% of enrollment) eligible for free lunch and 31 (2.5% of students) eligible for reduced-cost lunch.
In 1883, the first school in Ocean City was built in 1883 between 8th and 9th Streets on Central Avenue, serving Kindergarten to High School. The first graduating class of six students was in 1904. A separate elementary school was built in 1913, causing the original Central Avenue to become the sole building for the high school. In 1923, a new high school was built between 5th and 6th Streets on Atlantic and Ocean Avenue, and the original facility became the city's police department and municipal court. The high school on Atlantic Avenue expanded in 1967, and again in 1983. By 1995, the Ocean City School Board decided that the 1923 facility was outdated and failed to meet state efficiency standards. After two failed referenda on expanding the school, a referendum in 2001 passed to build a new high school, having secured $11.5 million in state funding.  The new facility opened in 2004, and the original high school from 1923 was demolished in 2005 apart from the main entrance. The main entrance of the original building can still be seen on Atlantic Avenue.
Awards, recognition, and rankings
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. 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.
The school was the 118th-ranked public high school in New Jersey out of 339 schools statewide in New Jersey Monthly magazine's September 2014 cover story on the state's "Top Public High Schools", using a new ranking methodology. The school had been ranked 63rd in the state of 328 schools in 2012, after being ranked 99th in 2010 out of 322 schools listed. The magazine ranked the school 110th in 2008 out of 316 schools. The school was ranked 93rd in the magazine's September 2006 issue, which surveyed 316 schools across the state. 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).
Ocean City High School's 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.
In December 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.
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 (NJSIAA). With 944 students in grades 10–12, the school was classified by the NJSIAA for the 2015–16 school year as South Jersey, Group III for most athletic competition purposes, which included schools with an enrollment of 794 to 1,076 students in that grade range. The football team competes in the Independence Division of the 95-team West Jersey Football League superconference and was classified by the NJSIAA as South Jersey Group III for football for 2017-18.
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 boys' basketball team won the New Jersey state championship in 1955 (in Group I vs. North Arlington High School) and 1964 under coach Fred "Dixie" Howell. In March 1964 at the Atlantic City Convention Hall, the OCHS basketball team won the Group II state championship by defeating North Arlington High School by a score of 76–51 in the tournament final. During their championship run they won every game by 20 points or more. The girls' team won the Group III state title in 2013, defeating Jefferson Township High School in the final game of the tournament.
The football team won the NJSIAA South Jersey state sectional championships in 1984 (Group III), 1996 (Group IV) and in both 1998 and 1999 (Group III). 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. 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. 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.
The girls' track team won the Group III state indoor relay championship in 1995.
The field hockey team has won Group III state championship in 1997, 1998, 1999, 2001, 2002, 2005, 2009, 2012 and 2013. The eight state championships are the sixth-most of any high school in the state. 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. 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. The 2009 team defeated Warren Hills High School by 2-1 in overtime to win the Group III state title. In 2012, the Raiders won the Group III state championship title with a 2–0 win against Warren Hills High School. In 2013, the team won the Group III state title again against Warren Hills High School by a score of 1–0 in double overtime in a game that was goal-less until a corner was called (with no time on the clock), and the Raiders scored.
The boys' soccer team won the Group III state championship in 1995 (as co-champions with Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School), in 1999 (as co-champion witj Ramapo High School), in 2000 (s co-champion with West Morris Central High School), in 2003 (vs. Ramapo) and 2005 (vs. Scotch Plains-Fanwood). The team won the 2003 Group III state championship, defeating Ramapo High School by a score of 1–0 in the tournament final. The team won the NJSIAA South Jersey Group III 2004 sectional title with a 3–1 win against Delsea Regional High School. The team won again in 2005, defeating Lacey Township High School 5–0. The team then moved on to the state semifinals and final, defeating Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School 2-0 in the Group III championship game. The team was ranked number one in the state in 2005 by The Star-Ledger. 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. The team won back-to-back South Jersey Group III championships in 2013 and 2014 with wins of 2–0 vs. Timber Creek Regional High School and Toms River High School South, respectively, before losing in the 2015 South Jersey sectional final to Toms River South 2–1.
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.
In 2013, the Red Raiders baseball team finished the season with a school win record of 23–4, including a Cape Atlantic League record 20 consecutive victories, and won the National Conference title, the program's first conference championship since 2000. They reached the South Jersey Group III state sectional finals against Burlington Township High School but lost by a score of 2–0.
- Doug Colman (born 1973), former NFL linebacker.
- Robert J. Garagiola (born 1972), politician who represented District 15 in north-western Montgomery County in the Maryland Senate.
- Anne Heche (born 1969), actress.
- Kurt Loder (born 1945), journalist, author, and television personality.
- Chad Severs (born 1982), men's professional soccer player and New Jersey's second all-time leading prep scorer.
- Gay Talese (born 1932), author.
- Adam Williamson (born 1984), first Ocean City alumnus to be drafted into Major League Soccer.
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- Christie, Sherlon. "Toms River South's Geerinck breaks school record in win", Asbury Park Press, November 13, 2015. Accessed November 17, 2015. "Geerinck beat the Ocean City defense twice, with the second goal eventually becoming the game-winning strike as the No. 2 seed Indians held off No. 5 seed Ocean City, 2-1, in the NJSIAA South Group III final."
- 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."
- Staff. "OCHS baseball team was a record-setting champion", Shore News Today, June 13, 2013. Accessed July 11, 2016. "Craig Mensinger's team finished 23-4, a record for wins in one season. The Raiders won 20 straight, a school record that is also believed to be a Cape-Atlantic League record. They won the championship of the CAL's National Conference for the first time since 1964, the first in any conference since 2000."
- 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."
- 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."
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- 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."
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- 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."
- Cathcart, Rebecca. "Lecture: Gay Talese" Archived 2007-02-05 at the Wayback Machine, 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."
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