Quince Orchard High School
|Quince Orchard High School|
15800 Quince Orchard Road|
Gaithersburg, Maryland 20878
|School district||Montgomery County Public Schools|
|Principal||Elizabeth L. Thomas|
|Number of students||1, 927|
|Color(s)||Red, black, and white|
Quince Orchard High School (QOHS), also known as Q.O. High School, is a secondary school located on Quince Orchard Road in the Quince Orchard neighborhood of Gaithersburg in Montgomery County, Maryland, United States.
According to materials from the school, Quince Orchard "encourages advanced studies in both the arts and books." To this end, 31 Advanced Placement courses are offered, ranging from the arts to world history to science and math. The school boasts higher-than-average SAT (544 verbal, 558 math) and ACT (22 composite) scores, and requires 75 hours of community service for graduation.
The school has theater and music departments. In the spring of 2008, the Quince Orchard High School Chamber Singers performed at the Kennedy Center with the Manhattan Concert Productions. Over the years the theater department has staged nearly 50 productions, including Up the Down Staircase and the musical Grease, which was critically acclaimed by the National Theater Critics Program.
Students produce The Prowler newspaper and the yearbook Tracks.
The Quince Orchard High School Marching Band went to the inaugural USSBA National Championship and achieved a Montgomery County-record score of 90.275. The next year,[when?] the band received their second record-breaking score for Montgomery County, Maryland, of 92.325, and placed 9th out of 18 national groups. In 2008, the marching band won the USSBA Group IV Open Maryland State Championships with the show "Jekyll and Hyde". In 2012, the marching band won the USSBA Group IIIA Maryland State Championships with the show "Alive and Amplified".
For the 2015–2016 school year, Quince Orchard had a total enrollment of 1,926 students. During the 2015–2016 school year, the school's student body was 51.3% non-Hispanic white, 15.6% African American, 15.7% Asian American, 17.1% Hispanic and Latino American, and 0.3% Native American.
Until the end of the 2007 school year, Quince Orchard also enrolled students who had graduated from Kingsview Middle School.
Starting in 2010, Quince Orchard High School enrolled students who graduated from Parkland Middle School.
- Jason Ankrah, football player for the Houston Texans, Tennessee Titans, and Ottawa Redblacks
- Baiyu, singer
- Astrid Ellena, Miss Indonesia 2011, Indonesia's representative in Miss World 2011 (Top 15)
- Paul James, actor
- Zach Kerr, football player for the Denver Broncos
- John Papuchis, defensive coordinator, University of North Carolina Tar Heels football team
- Wale, rapper
- Darnell Wilson, boxer
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