Oldham County High School

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Oldham County High School
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1150 North Hwy. 393
Buckner, Kentucky 40010
Motto "We bring learning to life."
Established 1953
School district Oldham County Schools
Principal Dr. Angela Newcomb
Grades 9-12
Enrollment 1,570[1] (2014-15)
Color(s) Blue and white          
Team name Colonels
Newspaper The Clarion Colonel
Information (502) 222-9461

Oldham County High School (OCHS) is a public high school in Buckner, Kentucky, United States. It was founded in 1953 and has a student body of approximately 1,600 students in 9th through 12th grades. OCHS was given the National Blue Ribbon School of Excellence award in 1987 and 2002.


In the early 20th century, high school in Oldham County was held in a two-room house in Centerfield. A high school building was built near the former Crestwood Elementary on KY 22 in the 1920s; the current building in Buckner opened in 1953.[2] The school gained accreditation by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools in 1960.[3]

It remained the only public high school in the county until 1989, when the school district was split into two high school attendance zones to handle the population growth resulting from Oldham County's decades-long transition from a rural area to a bedroom community for Louisville. That fall, the new South Oldham High School was opened in Crestwood. In order to further alleviate overcrowding, North Oldham High School was opened in 2003. In 2006/2007 construction began to allow for more students and is now finished.

OTVX and the Clarion Colonel[edit]

The Broadcast Journalism program was founded in the 2005-2006 academic term. The program has placed second in the state for the Four A (AAAA) division from the Kentucky High School Journalism Association. Additionally, it earned an honorable mention in the 2007 48 hour film project.

Oldham County's school newspaper, the Clarion Colonel, has won numerous gold medals from the Columbia Scholastic Press Association, affiliated with Columbia University's Graduate School of Journalism in New York City, and has placed first in the state of Kentucky in the Four A (AAAA) division in 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008,[4] 2009, and 2010 from the Kentucky High School Journalism Association.

YMCA conferences[edit]

OCHS has won "best delegation" many times (every year) in the past, and the current adviser, Joe Percefull, won an award for advisers and was the first inductee into the YMCA Adviser Hall of Fame. Many of the current and past groups who have attended YMCA conferences have worked with Joe Percefull from 6th grade to their present grade. Several individuals, such as Brad Nakamura, David Nolan, Elias Eells, Alison Middleton and Kris Yaple, have earned awards for bills and proposals. Also, individuals have earned awards for "Best Speaker" at KYA, "Best Ambassador" at KUNA and "Outstanding Security Council Member". Previous winners include Patrick Schaller and Lillian Eells. There was even an award created for the Class of 2009 in their 8th grade year, for "Best Proposal Packet."

Previous advisors have included Christian Smith, Amy Zuccaro, and Ms. Mac (a fellow Hall of Fame inductee).

OCHS bands[edit]

The band at Oldham County High School, under the direction of Brad Rogers (who has been the band's director for the past 30 years), has received numerous awards and recognitions, from distinguished rankings in the KMEA convention, to victories in marching band competitions. Many of the individual members were recently admitted into the All-District band, and 11 were members of the Kentucky All-State Band of 2010. In 2013, 14 All-State Band members were accepted, many including first chair in both bands. The band also sent 69 members to the KMEA All-District band in 2013. The band sent 14 members to the KMEA All-State Festival in the school years of 2014 and 2015. The band program set a record in 2016, sending 17 members to the All-State Band, with members in all three bands in the festival.


The Lady Colonels volleyball team defeated arch-rivals South Oldham to win their first district championship on October 10, 2007. The team was led by captains Tara Huckvale and Jordyn Ford, and was coached by Aaron Moore.

The Oldham County boys' basketball team made its 16th trip to the State Basketball Tournament (The "Sweet 16") in March 2012.

The Lady Colonels basketball team won the 1986 Girls' State Championships coached by former principal, Dr. Dave Weedman. They finished as runners-up to Louisville Southern in 1988, and reached the state semi-finals in 1980.

The boys' soccer team made it to the elite eight and then went on to win state for the tenth time.

Oldham County HS basketball and football games can be heard on the internet at www.pegasussportsky.com.

Academic Decathlon[edit]

OCHS represented the state of Kentucky in the national finals of the United States Academic Decathlon (USAD) in 1993, 1997–2006, and 2009.

Notable alumni[edit]


  1. ^ "Oldham County High School". National Center for Education Statistics. Retrieved October 10, 2017. 
  2. ^ "Crestwood". A Place in Time : The story of Louisville's neighborhoods. 1989. Accessed December 15, 2006.
  3. ^ Accessed September 3, 2012.
  4. ^ http://www.oldhamera.com/content/high-schools-shine-annual-journalism-contest
  5. ^ [1]. Accessed May 23, 2016.
  6. ^ NBA.com: Donta Smith Info Page. Accessed December 16, 2006.

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