- Oakcrest High School
Oakcrest High School Location 1824 Dennis Foreman Drive
Hamilton Township, NJ
Information Type Public high school Established 1957 School district Greater Egg Harbor Regional High School District Principal Anthony Mongelluzzo Vice principal Jackie Fresne
Faculty 124 (on FTE basis) Grades 9-12 Enrollment 1,737 (as of 2009-10) Student to teacher ratio 14.01 Color(s) Blue and Gray Athletics conference Cape-Atlantic League Nickname Falcons GEHRHSD Absegami High School
Cedar Creek High School
Oakcrest High School
Communities Served Hamilton Township, Mullica Township, Washington Township, Port Republic Website School website
Oakcrest High School is a comprehensive four-year public high school located in Hamilton Township, in Atlantic County, New Jersey, operating as part of the Greater Egg Harbor Regional High School District. The school name was chosen based on its site on the crest of a hill amid oak trees. The school serves students from Hamilton Township and Mullica Township, and the sending districts of the City of Port Republic and Washington Township (in Burlington County).
The school was the 244th-ranked public high school in New Jersey out of 322 schools statewide, in New Jersey Monthly magazine's September 2010 cover story on the state's "Top Public High Schools", after being ranked 254th in 2008 out of 316 schools. The school was ranked 232nd in the magazine's September 2006 issue, which surveyed 316 schools across the state.
The school has a variety of programs, including Special Needs, a "High School-to-Work" program, College Preparatory, Advanced Placement (AP), and Performing Arts training.
Awards and recognition
For the 2005-06 school year, Oakcrest High School was recognized with the "Best Practices Award" by the New Jersey Department of Education for its "A Proactive Approach to Guidance and Career Services" Career Education program.
Oakcrest's Academic Challenge Team was successful at the Buena Regional High School and Egg Harbor Township High School competitions in spring 2006, the team finished first overall at the Gateway Toyota Academic Challenge at Monsignor Donovan High School in Toms River by defeating perennial competitor East Brunswick High School in the final round.
The Oakcrest High School Falcons 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.
The school offers many sports to its students including Football, Fall Cheerleading, Field hockey, Soccer, Tennis, Basketball, Winter Cheerleading, Lacrosse, Wrestling, Crew, Track and Field, Cross country running, Powerlifting and Baseball
Also worthy of acclaim is the high school's marching band, the Oakcrest Marching Ambassadors, who in the 2005-06 school year took a record 37 first place trophies including a grand championship in the Cavalcade of Bands Liberty conference. The band has performed in numerous venues including the Miss America Parade in Atlantic City, the Festival of States in St. Petersburg, Florida, and a tour in Europe including Switzerland, France, and Germany.
Core members of the school's administration are:
- Anthony Mongelluzzo, Principal
- Jackie Fresne, Vice Principal
- Rodney James, Vice Principal
- Mike McGhee, Vice Principal
- Cory Bird (born 1978), class of 1997, former safety for the Indianapolis Colts.
- Darren Drozdov (born 1969), former NFL player for the Denver Broncos and wrestler in the then WWF now WWE.
- James Jenkins, class of 1994, played professional football for the CFL Toronto Argonauts in 2000-01.
- Day Deborah Lipford, crowned Miss Delaware 1976, she became the first black woman to place as a semi finalist in the Miss America Pageant.
- Cathy Rush (born c. 1946), former head women's basketball coach at Immaculata University who led the team to three consecutive AIAW national titles from 1972-1974.
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- ^ Oakcrest High School 2007 Report Card Narrative, New Jersey Department of Education. Accessed July 10, 2011. "Oakcrest is a comprehensive high school located in Mays Landing that provides a secondary school education to four sending districts including Greenbank, Hamilton Township, Mullica Township, and Port Republic."
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- ^ Best Practices Award recipient for 2005-06, New Jersey Department of Education. Accessed October 23, 2006.
- ^ Mathews, Jay. "The High School Challenge 2011: Oakcrest High School", The Washington Post. Accessed September 11, 2011.
- ^ League Memberships – 2011-2012, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed September 11, 2011.
- ^ Tournament of Bands - Chapter One History, Tournament of Bands. Accessed July 5, 2007.
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- ^ Weinberg, David. "FOOTBALL: KEITH ELIAS, JAMES JENKINS TO PASS ON EXPERIENCE AT AREA CAMPS", The Press of Atlantic City, June 17, 2001. Accessed February 1, 2011. "Jenkins who is currently in training camp with the Canadian Football League's Argonauts teamed with Kenton Brookings to form the Proskillz Football Clinic that will hold three sessions at Jenkins' alma mater Oakcrest High School in Hamilton Township."
- ^ Fleming, Michael. "MISS AMERICA FINALIST FROM MULLICA FINDS SUCCESS IN GUAM DISCOTHEQUE", The Press of Atlantic City, November 15, 1990. Accessed July 10, 2011. "Lipman [sic], a 1973 Oakcrest High School graduate who studied theater at the University of Delaware, also formed Headhunters, an employment service company..."
- ^ Lulgjuraj, Susan. "'The Mighty Macs,' based on Oakcrest High grad Cathy Rush, set for release today", The Press of Atlantic City, October 21, 2011. Accessed October 28, 2011. "Cathy Rush invited friends to her home in Ventnor a couple of years ago to watch an advance copy of the movie The Mighty Macs....Rush, a native of West Atlantic City in Egg Harbor Township, saw the filming of this movie.... 'My stomach dropped,' said Rush, a 1964 Oakcrest High School graduate. 'It was the most disconcerting thing because it was real.'"
- Oakcrest High School website
- Greater Egg Harbor Regional High School District
- Oakcrest High School's 2009–10 School Report Card from the New Jersey Department of Education
- data for the Greater Egg Harbor Regional High School District, National Center for Education Statistics
- South Jersey Sports: Oakcrest HS
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