Oxford High School (Michigan)

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Oxford High School
Oxford High School December 30 2007.jpg
745 N. Oxford Road[1]
Oxford, Michigan
Coordinates 42°50′17″N 83°15′40″W / 42.838°N 83.261°W / 42.838; -83.261Coordinates: 42°50′17″N 83°15′40″W / 42.838°N 83.261°W / 42.838; -83.261
Type Public
Established 2004 (Current Site)
School district Oxford Community Schools
Principal Todd Dunckley[2]
Grades 9-12
Enrollment 1,864 (2014-2015)[3]
Rival Lake Orion Dragons
Lapeer West Panthers
Blue and gold

Oxford High School is a public secondary institution located in Oxford, Michigan within the Oxford Community Schools district. The school draws from an area of The Village of Oxford and Oxford Township, as well as portions of Orion Township, Dryden Township, Metamora Township and Addison Township. It is one of the largest districts, geographically, in southeastern lower Michigan.[4]


The current site for Oxford High School opened in 2004. Prior to that, the current site was a middle school.[5] When renovations were completed, the middle school and high school swapped buildings, with the middle school now located in the old high school building on Lakeville Road.

Since opening the most recent building in 2004, OHS has added over 500 students to its enrollment.[6]


Oxford High School is an authorized International Baccalaureate World School for the Diploma Programme.[7]


Oxford High School offers 24 different varsity sports.[8] Teams participate in the Oakland Activities Association, a high school athletic conference whose member schools have similar enrollments and are all located in the Oakland County area.[9] The statewide class designation (based on enrollment) is "Division 1" or "Class A".[10]

The primary mascot for Oxford Schools is the Wildcat. Both the high school and the middle school have teams which are referred to as the "Oxford Wildcats". Oxford's chief rival is Lake Orion, located directly in the township to the south, and connected by M-24. In football, the two teams compete for the "Double-O" (Oxford/Orion) rivalry trophy. The teams had competed annually from at least 1950 until 1983, when Oxford moved to the Flint Metro League. During FML play, Oxford's chief rivals were Lapeer East High School and Lapeer West High School, located in Lapeer approximately 15 miles north of Oxford on M-24.

Prior to the 2010-2011 year, Oxford High School moved from the Flint Metro League, where it had been a member school since 1983, to the Oakland Activities Association. Reasons cited for the move included demographic and geographic considerations. Urban sprawl in Metro Detroit over the years had brought Oxford in from the rural–urban fringe and closer in-line with the greater Detroit area like much of the OAA, rather than the Flint area.[11] As a result of the move, the sports rivalry with Lake Orion resumed after a 27-year hiatus.

Oxford has won state championships in boys track (1991 class B), football (1992 class BB), and wrestling (2011 class A).[12][13]

In 2011, Oxford athletics installed blue-colored artificial turf for the football stadium at a cost of $400,000, which was to be paid for with private donations. Initially, the turf was to be paid for with public bonds, however the millage failed to pass voters.[14] The AstroTurf made headlines when it was revealed that several athletics boosters had put their personal homes up as collateral for the purchase of the field.[15] When initial fundraising efforts came up short, the boosters were hit with a $300,000 balance and were in danger of defaulting. An agreement was reached between the boosters and AstroTurf that allowed for an extended payback period.[16] The turf also made headlines when Boise State University notified Oxford that they held a trademark on the term "Blue Turf" for their field at Albertsons Stadium.[17] Therefore, Oxford could not continue calling their field "blue turf", but instead could use the terms "navy turf", "Oxford blue turf", or "true blue turf".[18]

Notable alumni[edit]


  1. ^ http://www.oxfordschools.org/section_display.cfm?section_id=14
  2. ^ http://www.oxfordschools.org/section_display.cfm?section_id=1613
  3. ^ http://www.mhsaa.com/Sports/Football/PlayoffPointSummary.aspx
  4. ^ http://oxfordschools.org/section_display.cfm?section_id=1118
  5. ^ http://schooldesigns.com/Project-Details.aspx?Project_ID=2446
  6. ^ http://michigan-football.com/f/oxford.htm
  7. ^ http://oxfordschools.org/article_display.cfm?article_id=6245
  8. ^ http://www.oxfordschools.org/section_display.cfm?section_id=27
  9. ^ http://www.oaasports.com/
  10. ^ http://www.mhsaa.com/School/tabid/68/SchoolId/4470/Default.aspx
  11. ^ http://www.mlive.com/sports/flint/index.ssf/2009/08/oxford_high_to_begin_play_in_o.html
  12. ^ http://www.oxfordleader.com/Articles-i-2011-04-20-241114.113121-sub-Officials-praise-wrestlers-pass-resolution-for-state-champions.html
  13. ^ http://michigan-football.com/football.htm
  14. ^ http://www.clickondetroit.com/news/Public-donations-will-foot-bill-for-blue-turf-field-at-Oxford-High-School/16064354
  15. ^ http://www.myfoxdetroit.com/story/19255534/oxford-football-supporters-could-lose-homes-over-blue-turf
  16. ^ http://www.mlive.com/news/detroit/index.ssf/2012/08/oxford_blue_turf_update_homeow.html
  17. ^ http://www.mlive.com/news/detroit/index.ssf/2011/08/oxford_high_school_football_ca.html
  18. ^ http://www.theoaklandpress.com/general-news/20110824/boise-state-takes-exception-to-oxford-high-school-using-blue-turf-with-video?viewmode=fullstory
  19. ^ http://www.oxfordschools.org/section_display.cfm?section_id=1623
  20. ^ http://www.oxfordschools.org/section_display.cfm?section_id=1625

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