Orange High School (North Carolina)

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Orange High School
Orange High School, Hillsborough, NC 1.jpg
Orange High School in March 2017
500 Orange High School Road


United States
Coordinates36°05′23″N 79°05′41″W / 36.0895849°N 79.0947347°W / 36.0895849; -79.0947347Coordinates: 36°05′23″N 79°05′41″W / 36.0895849°N 79.0947347°W / 36.0895849; -79.0947347
Established1963 (59 years ago) (1963)
School districtOrange County Public Schools
SuperintendentTodd Wirt
CEEB code341875
PrincipalJason Johnson
Staff90 [1]
Enrollment1,302 (2021-22)
Student to teacher ratio14.47[2]
Color(s)Orange and black
SongWashington and Lee Swing,
performed by the OHS panther regiment marching band
NicknameOrange Panther
NewspaperPanther Prowl
Information(919) 732-6133

Orange High School is a high school in the northern area of Orange County, North Carolina.

Students and faculty[edit]

Founded in 1963, Orange High School educates over 1000 students[3] in the northern half of Orange County–generally, the northern half of Hillsborough and all of the county north of I-85. It was the district's sole high school until Cedar Ridge High School opened in 2002 and the OCS Online Academy opened in 2021.

Like most high schools, Orange High serves grades 9 through 12 offering academic, co-curricular, career and technical, and extracurricular opportunities.

The faculty for the North Carolina school includes 79 licensed classroom teachers, four school counselors, 15 support & office staff, two associate principals, one principal, and 13 teachers for exceptional children.[4] Nine of the teachers National Board Certified Teachers,[5] and over 50 percent of staff hold master's degrees.

In Spring of 2007, it was announced that Jeff Dishmon would not be returning as principal of Orange High for the 2007–2008 school year, where he would be moved to a Central Office position. Roy Winslow became principal, until January 2010 when it was announced that he would be moving to a school in Granville County. Stephen Scroggs, a former Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools Assistant Superintendent, was assigned the position of interim principal until a new principal was found. One of the assistant principals, Armond Hankins, was selected for the position, effective July 1, 2010. Hankins was demoted in 2012, and former Gravelly Hill Middle School principal Jason Johnson replaced him.


The Cross Country team has made it to state championships with both girls and boys for six consecutive years, starting in 2006.

In 2005 the wrestling team won the 3A state title. Orange won back to back state championships, winning both the Dual Meet and Individual titles in 2008 and 2009. Orange has won six individual state champions. The team won the duel-team state championships in 2011 and 2012.

The baseball team finished the 2008 season as 2A state champions with a record of 27–3.

2006 school shooting[edit]

Orange High School shooting
LocationHillsborough, North Carolina, United States
DateAugust 30, 2006
Attack type
School shooting, Patricide
Deaths1 (perpetrator’s father)
PerpetratorAlvaro Rafael Castillo

On August 30, 2006, former student 18-year-old Alvaro Rafael Castillo murdered his father, Rafael Castillo, and then drove the family minivan to Orange High School, where he set off a cherry bomb and then opened fire with a 9mm Hi-Point 995 Carbine and a sawed-off 12-gauge Mossberg 500 pump-action shotgun. When his carbine jammed he was apprehended by a deputy sheriff assigned to the school and a retired highway patrol officer who taught driver's education. Two students were injured in the attack, but none were killed.[6]

Later that day it was discovered that Castillo had killed his father to "put him out of his misery." He also made the statement "Columbine, remember Columbine," while entering a patrol car,[7] referring to the attack at Columbine High School in Colorado in 1999, which he was obsessed with. He sent a written letter and videotape to the Chapel Hill News prior to the shooting, that made reference to school shootings. He also sent an e-mail to the principal of Columbine High School saying "Dear Principal, In a few hours you will probably hear about a school shooting in North Carolina. I am responsible for it. I remember Columbine. It is time the world remembered it. I am sorry. Goodbye."[8]

Castillo entered a plea of not guilty by reason of insanity. Psychologist James Hilkey testified that Castillo suffered from schizotypal and obsessive-compulsive personality disorder, as well as major depressive disorder and was not in touch with reality at the time of the shooting.[9] On August 21, 2009, Castillo was found guilty in Orange County Superior Court following a trial that lasted three weeks. He was sentenced to life in prison with no chance of parole.[10]

Notable alumni[edit]


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  2. ^ "Orange High". National Center for Education Statistics. Retrieved May 9, 2020.
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  4. ^ Orange High School website's school profile Archived 2007-06-30 at the Wayback Machine
  5. ^ About OHS Archived 2007-06-30 at the Wayback Machine
  6. ^ Karas, Beth (August 21, 2009). "Man obsessed with Columbine convicted of murder". CNN. Retrieved April 4, 2017.
  7. ^ News and Observer article about evidence rejected in the shooting case[permanent dead link]
  8. ^ "Cops: N.C. suspect e-mailed Columbine official". NBC News. August 31, 2006. Retrieved May 4, 2017.
  9. ^ Johnson, Anne (August 13, 2009). "Psychologist: Alleged school shooter didn't know 'right from wrong'". Retrieved May 4, 2017.
  10. ^ "Orange school shooter: 'I realize what I did was wrong'". August 21, 2009. Retrieved 2009-08-21.[dead link]
  11. ^ "Bryse Wilson Stats, Fantasy & News".
  12. ^ Orange, Dale Edwards/News of. "She has our back: Vaccine push has local connection". News of Orange. Retrieved 2020-03-29.
  13. ^ Ricardo Marsh DraftExpress Profile. Retrieved Mar 6, 2020.