Oakcrest High School

by Meghan Shott | Jul 28, 2014
Oakcrest High School Oakcrest High School is a comprehensive four-year public high school located in Hamilton Township, Atlantic County. The school is part of the Greater Egg Harbor Regional High School District.

According to the school’s website, Oakcrest serves students from Hamilton Township and Mullica Township, and the sending districts of the City of Port Republic and Washington Township (in Burlington County). Oakcrest began in 1957 with the organization of the Greater Egg Harbor Regional High School District. At that time, voters of four townships- Hamilton, Mullica, Egg Harbor and Galloway, along with Egg Harbor City, approved the regional formation. The total sending area comprised 337 square miles, at that time, the largest school district in the state. The total district population in the late 1950s was approximately 25,000. The 106 acre Hamilton Township site chosen for the new high school was purchased for one dollar.

Oakcrest’s building would be situated upon the crest of a hill in an area surrounded by oak trees, so "OAKCREST" was chosen as the name. According to the school’s website the school mascot was a Falcon, the school colors, blue and gray, and the emblems in the panels of the school ring were an Indian head and five holly leaves symbolizing the five sending districts.

Hamilton Township, home of Oakcrest High School, also includes the town of Mays Landing. Adjacent to the Oakcrest campus is the Atlantic Community College, which has shared sports facilities as well as educational opportunities from time to time. Furthermore, Richard Stockton College, located in Galloway Township, within the Greater Egg Harbor Regional High School District, enables Oakcrest and Absegami students to take advantage of its many facilities and to participate in its cultural events. Students may also take advantage of vocational programs at the Atlantic County Vocational Technical School, located just a few minutes from Oakcrest's campus, on US Route 40.

The school has a variety of programs to suit a diverse student body, including Special Needs, a "High School-to-Work" program, College Preparatory classes, an Advanced Placement Program (AP), and Performing Arts training.

Oakcrest High School also offers a variety of extra-curricular activities including Academic Team, Band/guard, Bridge Club, Chess Club, Color Guard, Computer Club, Dance Team, Drama, French Club, Girls’ Athletic Association, Habitat for Humanity, Literary Magazine, Math Club, Mock Trial, Multi Cultural Interest Club, Newspaper, Peer Mediation, Science Club, Ski Club, Social Studies Club, Spanish Interest Club, Stageband/Pitband, Stagecraft, Students Taking Action Now: Darfur, SADD, Student Council, Technology Club, Vocal Music/Chorus and Yearbook.

OHS Falcon TV has its own website with videos, photos, podcasts and info on all the latest news going on. Check it out by visiting https://sites.google.com/site/ohsfalcontv/home.

Athletics are also a large part of the student experience at Oakcrest. There are many talented athletes at the school including Cameron Lease, Connor DeLusant, Connor Johnson, David Sidwell, Isaiah Usher, Jason Cervi, Kenny Merlock, Matt Robinson, Nick Ellison, Ryan Johnson Tom Kammer, Tristain Kuddar, Troy Manno, Tyler Manno, Tyler Thompson, Zack Morgan, Arielle Beacher, Janistie Medina, Michaela Puggi, Logan Day, Samantha Liepe, Emily Brown, Emily Ohlson, Madelyn Cruz, Cailynn Schutze, Jessica Liepe, Christina Crenny, Carly Cordle, Brielle Potenski, Logan MacIntosh, Devin Francz and Carly Difabio.

The OHS football team’s season will get underway on September 4 at 6pm when Ocean City visits. Rumson-Fair Haven, Buena, Middle Township and Absegami will visit Oakcrest this season. Away games this season will include Pleasantville and Holy Spirit.

Did you know that Oakcrest High School’s athletic department has a Twitter account? You can follow them @Oakcrest_Sports.

Oakcrest’s Class of 1969 45th reunion will be held on September 13 from 6-11pm at the Tuscany Room of Renault Winery in Egg Harbor City. A reception with light appetizers will be from 6-7pm followed by dinner at 7pm, open bar from 6-9pm and an oldies band from 7-11pm. Invitations are going out this month.

Oakcrest High School is located at 1824 Dr. Dennis Foreman Drive in Mays Landing. For more information about the school, contact 609-909-2600 or visit oakcrest.net.

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