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Oakland Activities Association is a Southeast Michigan high school athletics conference. It is made up of 21 schools located throughout Oakland County.

HistoryEdit

The Oakland Activities Association was first formed with schools from an amalgamation of different leagues. The G.O.A.L. (Greater Oakland Activities League), Metro Suburban Activities Association and the Southeastern Michigan Association (plus one independently associated school) were all merged in 1994 into the Oakland Activities Association, with the goal being to form a more geographically-centered league.

Charter membersEdit

Founding Members
Previous league School
Greater Oakland Activities League Clarkston, Lake Orion, Pontiac Northern, Waterford Kettering, Waterford Mott
Metro Suburban Activities Association Birmingham Groves, Bloomfield Hills Lahser, Rochester, Rochester Adams, Royal Oak Dondero, Southfield-Lathrup, Troy Athens, West Bloomfield
Southeastern Michigan Association Berkley, Birmingham Seaholm, Bloomfield Hills Andover, Ferndale, Hazel Park, Royal Oak Kimball, Southfield, Troy
Independently associated Ortonville Brandon

After its first year, the OAA experienced rapid growth, with Pontiac Central from the Saginaw Valley Association and Oak Park from the Suburban Athletic League joining in 1995, and Auburn Hills Avondale, Clawson, Madsion Heights Lamphere, and Madison Heights Madison all coming to the OAA in 1996 after the disbandment of the Macomb-Oakland Athletic Conference.

The next major growth period did not occur until 2002, when Farmington, North Farmington, and Farmington Hills Harrison from the Western Lakes Activities Association as well as the newly built Stoney Creek High School in Rochester Hills all joined the OAA.

2002 also marked a period of decline for the OAA, beginning with Brandon High leaving to join the Flint Metro League that year, where it currently resides. Two years after that, in 2004, Madison and Lamphere left to join the Macomb Area Conference, while Clawson left to join the Metro Conference, and in 2008, Waterford Mott and Waterford Kettering left to join the Kensington Lakes Activities Association. However, in 2010, the OAA gained a new member in Oxford, who had come from the Flint Metro League. After that, the next school to leave the OAA for another conference did not come for another 11 years, when Hazel Park left to join the Macomb Area Conference in 2019.[1]

There have also been a significant amount of closings and consolidations of various Oakland County schools in recent years, which also has not helped the OAA's membership. These aforementioned consolidations are Dondero High School closing and merging with Kimball High School to create Royal Oak High School in 2006, Pontiac Northern High School closing and merging with Pontiac Central High School to create Pontiac High School in 2009, Lahser High School closing and merging with Andover High School to create Bloomfield Hills High School in 2013, Southfield-Lathrup High School closing and merging with Southfield High School to create Southfield Senior High School for the Arts and Technology (commonly abbreviated to Southfield A&T) in 2016, and Harrison High School being closed down in 2019.

Member schoolsEdit

Current membersEdit

School[2] Mascot Location Colors Enrollment (as of 2019) Class Joined
Clarkston Wolves Clarkston Blue and Gold 2,499 A 1994
Troy Colts Troy Silver and Black 2,237 A 1994
Troy Athens Red Hawks Troy Red and Gold 2,276 A 1994
Rochester Hills Stoney Creek Cougars Rochester Hills Vegas Gold and Millennium Blue 1,638 A 2001
Lake Orion Dragons Orion Township Green and White 2,416 A 1994
Pontiac Phoenix Pontiac Purple, Black, and Silver 963 A 2009
Rochester Falcons Rochester Hills Royal Blue and White 1,805 A 1994
West Bloomfield Lakers West Bloomfield Township Green and White 2,042 A 1994
Bloomfield Hills Black Hawks Bloomfield Township Black, Purple, and Silver 1,896 A 2014
Oak Park Knights Oak Park Red, White, and Black 1,276 A 1995
Southfield A&T Warriors Southfield Red, White, and Blue 2,067 A 2016
Birmingham Groves Falcons Beverly Hills Yellow, White, and Green 1,310 A 1994
Oxford Wildcats Oxford Navy and Gold 2,234 A 2004
Rochester Adams Highlanders Rochester Hills Brown and Gold 1,710 A 1994
North Farmington Raiders Farmington Hills Brown and Gold 1,371 A 2001
Birmingham Seaholm Maples Birmingham Maroon and White 1,370 A 1994
Royal Oak Ravens Royal Oak Black, Royal, and Silver 1,405 A 2006
Farmington Falcons Farmington Blue and White 1,444 A 2002
Berkley Bears Berkley Maroon and Blue 1,424 A 1994
Auburn Hills Avondale Yellow Jackets Auburn Hills Purple and Gold 1,133 A 1996
Ferndale Eagles Ferndale Brown, White, and Gold 717 B 1994

Former membersEdit

School Nickname Location Joined Previous Conference Departed Successive Conference
Bloomfield Hills Andover Barons Bloomfield Township 1994 Southeastern Michigan Association 2013 None (school consolidated)
Bloomfield Hills Lahser Knights Bloomfield Hills 1994 Metro Suburban Activities Association 2013 None (school closed)
Clawson Trojans Clawson 1996 Macomb-Oakland Athletic Conference 2004 Metro Conference
Farmington Hills Harrison Hawks Farmington Hills 2002 Western Lakes Activities Association 2019 None (school closed)
Hazel Park Vikings Hazel Park 1994 Southeastern Michigan Association 2019 Macomb Area Conference
Madison Heights Lamphere Rams Madison Heights 1996 Macomb-Oakland Athletic Conference 2004 Macomb Area Conference
Madison Heights Madison Eagles Madison Heights 1996 Macomb-Oakland Athletic Conference 2004 Macomb Area Conference
Ortonville Brandon Blackhawks Ortonville 1994 Independent 2002 Flint Metro League
Pontiac Central Chiefs Pontiac 1995 Saginaw Valley League 2009 None (school consolidated)
Pontiac Northern Huskies Pontiac 1994 Greater Oakland Activities League 2009 None (school closed)
Royal Oak Dondero Oaks Royal Oak 1994 Metro Suburban Activities Association 2006 None (school closed)
Royal Oak Kimball Knights Royal Oak 1994 Southeastern Michigan Association 2006 None (school consolidated)
Southfield Warriors Southfield 1994 Southeastern Michigan Association 2016 None (school consolidated)
Southfield-Lathrup Chargers Lathrup Village 1994 Metro Suburban Activities Association 2016 None (school closed)
Waterford Kettering Captains Waterford Township 1994 Greater Oakland Activities League 2008 Kensington Lakes Activities Association
Waterford Mott Corsairs Waterford Township 1994 Greater Oakland Activities League 2008 Kensington Lakes Activities Association

Membership timelineEdit

Oxford High School (Michigan)Harrison High School (Michigan)Stoney Creek High SchoolNorth Farmington High SchoolFarmington High School (Michigan)Madison High School (Michigan)Lamphere Public SchoolsClawson Public SchoolsAvondale High School (Michigan)Pontiac High School (Michigan)Pontiac Central High SchoolOak Park High School (Michigan)Brandon High School (Michigan)Royal Oak High SchoolClarence M. Kimball High SchoolDondero High SchoolWaterford Mott High SchoolWaterford Kettering High SchoolPontiac Northern High SchoolLahser High SchoolBloomfield Hills High SchoolAndover High School (Michigan)Southfield-Lathrup High SchoolSouthfield High SchoolSouthfield High SchoolHazel Park High SchoolWest Bloomfield High SchoolAthens High School (Troy, Michigan)Troy High School (Michigan)Rochester Adams High SchoolRochester High School (Michigan)Lake Orion High SchoolFerndale High School (Michigan)Clarkston High School (Michigan)Seaholm High SchoolBirmingham Groves High SchoolBerkley High School 

OAA DivisionsEdit

The members of the Oakland Activities Association is divided into divisions which vary by sport. Before 2007, these divisions were labeled after Roman Numerals, with there typically being three divisions, labeled I, II, III, and occasionally a fourth, labeled IV. Nowadays, though, these divisions are labeled after colors, with most sports typically having three divisions: red, white, and blue. However, some sports are only divided into the red or white divisions while some are divided into a fourth division, gold.[3]

  1. ^ "MHSAA > 404" (PDF). www.mhsaa.com. Retrieved 2016-09-28.