Okemos High School

Okemos High School is a public high school in Okemos, Michigan, United States. It is the only high school in the Okemos Public Schools district. It is located southeast of the main campus of Michigan State University, between Bennett and Jolly Roads on the North and South, and Hulett and Hagadorn Roads on the East and West. The current building was completed in 1994, replacing the now Chippewa Middle School building as the district's high school. Former students of Chippewa 7-8 School comprise the school's student body.

Okemos High School
Okemos High School.jpg
The school in September 2015
Address
2800 Jolly Rd

,
48864

United States
Coordinates42°41′04″N 84°27′22″W / 42.6845°N 84.456°W / 42.6845; -84.456Coordinates: 42°41′04″N 84°27′22″W / 42.6845°N 84.456°W / 42.6845; -84.456
Information
School typePublic
School districtOkemos Public Schools
SuperintendentJohn Hood
PrincipalChristine Sermak
Faculty72.80 (FTE)[1]
Grades9-12
GenderCoeducational
Enrollment1,354 (2017–18)[1]
Student to teacher ratio18.60[1]
Color(s)Maroon & Light Blue
  
Athletics conferenceCapital Area Activities Conference
NicknameChiefs
NewspaperThe OHS Press
Websitewww.okemosk12.net/Domain/14

AcademicsEdit

An extensive Advanced Placement (AP) curriculum is in place, in which 52% of students participate.[2] To ensure high quality, admission to AP courses requires high achievement in prerequisite classes and a committee approval.

Okemos High School was ranked ninth in the state of Michigan in U.S. News & World Report's 2014 list of "America's Best High Schools".[2] The student to teacher ratio at Okemos High School is 18 students to 1 teacher.

Okemos High School is recognized by NCA (North Central Association of Colleges and Schools) as an accredited public high school.[3]

ExtracurricularsEdit

The Okemos High School quiz bowl varsity team is consistently a top performer nationally; in 2016, 2017, and 2018, they qualified for Nationals held in Dallas, TX (2016),[4] and in Atlanta, GA (2017[5] and 2018[6]). Okemos High School finished 53rd nationally in Quiz Bowl in 2016[4] and 25th in 2017.[5]

Okemos High School offers band, choir and orchestra in the performing arts section. The top orchestra is Philharmonic,[7] the top band is SWE (Symphonic Wind Ensemble),[8] and the top choir is Someko.[7] Okemos has many performers qualify for the All-State orchestra.[9]

Notable alumniEdit

AthleticsEdit

Okemos fields teams for both boys and girls in many sports. The Chiefs are a member of the Capital Area Activities Conference. State Championship winners are listed below. The following sports are offered:[11][12]

  • Baseball (boys)
  • Basketball (girls & boys)
    • Girls State champions - 1981[13]
    • Boys state champions - 1981, 1982[14]
  • Cheerleading (girls-sideline)
  • Cross Country (girls & boys)
    • Boys state champions - 1986[15]
  • Football (boys)
  • Golf (girls & boys)
    • Boys state champions - 1976[16]
  • Hockey (boys)
  • Lacrosse (girls & boys)
    • Girls state champions - 2009, 2010[17]
  • Skiing (girls & boys)
    • Boys state champions - 1977[18]
  • Soccer (girls & boys)
    • Girls state champions - 2006, 2012[19]
    • Boys state champions - 1984, 2004[20]
  • Softball (girls)
    • State champions - 1999[21]
  • Swimming (girls & boys)
    • Girls state champions - 1980[22]
  • Tennis (girls & boys)
    • Girls state champions - 1983, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001[23]
    • Boys state champions - 1986, 1989, 1992, 1994, 1995, 1997, 1999, 2000, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2017[24]
  • Track (girls & boys)
    • Boys state champions - 1928, 1930, 1937[25]
  • Volleyball (girls)
  • Water Polo (not MHSAA sanctioned) (girls & boys)
    • Girls state champions - 2010, 2011, 2014[26]
    • Boys state champions - 2018[27]
  • Wrestling (boys)
    • State champions - 1965, 1966, 1967[28]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c "Okemos High School". National Center for Education Statistics. Retrieved December 4, 2019.
  2. ^ a b "Okemos High School in OKEMOS, MI | Best High Schools". US News. Retrieved 16 March 2015.
  3. ^ "AdvancED - Institution Summary". advanc-ed.org. Retrieved 16 March 2015.
  4. ^ a b "NAQT - 2016 High School National Championship Tournament - Team Standings". www.naqt.com. Retrieved 1 July 2018.
  5. ^ a b "NAQT - 2017 High School National Championship Tournament - Team Standings". www.naqt.com. Retrieved 1 July 2018.
  6. ^ "NAQT - University of Michigan Autumn Classic - Team Standings". www.naqt.com. Retrieved 1 July 2018.
  7. ^ a b "Guide to curriculum" (PDF). www.okemosk12.net. 2018. Retrieved 2019-09-18.
  8. ^ "Band handbook" (PDF). www.okemosk12.net. Retrieved 2019-09-18.
  9. ^ Serkaian, Caroline. "Six students selected as All-State Band and Orchestra members". ohspress.net. Retrieved 1 July 2018.
  10. ^ Paulson, Steven K. (February 14, 1997). "JonBenet prosecutor vents anger". Lansing State Journal. Associated Press. p. 4A. Retrieved January 10, 2019 – via Newspapers.com.  
  11. ^ "MHSAA > Schools". mhsaa.com. Retrieved 16 March 2015.
  12. ^ "Okemos Chiefs Athletics". Okemos Chiefs - Okemos High School Sports. Retrieved 16 March 2015.
  13. ^ "Yearly Champions". mhsaa.com. Retrieved 16 March 2015.
  14. ^ "Yearly Champions". mhsaa.com. Retrieved 16 March 2015.
  15. ^ "Team Champions". mhsaa.com. Retrieved 16 March 2015.
  16. ^ "Team Champions". mhsaa.com. Retrieved 16 March 2015.
  17. ^ "Yearly Champions". mhsaa.com. Retrieved 16 March 2015.
  18. ^ "Yearly Champions". mhsaa.com. Retrieved 16 March 2015.
  19. ^ "Yearly Champions". mhsaa.com. Retrieved 16 March 2015.
  20. ^ "Yearly Champions". mhsaa.com. Retrieved 16 March 2015.
  21. ^ "Yearly Champions". mhsaa.com. Retrieved 16 March 2015.
  22. ^ "Team Champions". mhsaa.com. Retrieved 16 March 2015.
  23. ^ "Team Champions". mhsaa.com. Retrieved 16 March 2015.
  24. ^ "Team Champions". mhsaa.com. Retrieved 18 January 2018.
  25. ^ "Team Champions". mhsaa.com. Retrieved 16 March 2015.
  26. ^ MWPA Webmaster. "Michigan Water Polo Association". michiganwaterpolo.com. Retrieved 16 March 2015.
  27. ^ MWPA Webmaster. "Michigan Water Polo 2018 Standings Association". michiganwaterpolo.com. Retrieved 2 January 2019.
  28. ^ "Team Champions". mhsaa.com. Retrieved 16 March 2015.

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