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Some 249 seniors are expected to receive their diplomas at Orono High School’s 67th annual commencement ceremony. It will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday, June 7, in Pesonen Stadium. In the event of inclement weather, the ceremony will be held in the OHS gymnasium. The gymnasium has limited seating. Guests are also reminded that… OHS Class of 2018 graduates Thursday, June 7

Orono High School is Minnesota’s best traditional public high school and a Gold Medal recipient in the 2018 ranking of America’s Best High Schools by U.S. News & World Report. Orono placed second overall of the 569 high schools ranked in Minnesota. Nationally, Orono was 210th of 28,813 high schools nationwide or among the top 1… OHS is state’s #1 traditional public high school

The Orono High School Student Senate has enjoyed a busy and successful school year. The senate’s recent blood drive, its second of the school year, collected 98 units of blood. Memorial Blood Centers estimates each unit potentially saves three lives. That means our students may have saved nearly 300 lives. (See photo gallery below.) In… OHS Student Senate enjoys successful year

Six Orono High School Speech Team members broke into the highly-competitive championship round during the Minnesota State High School League state speech tournament April 20 at Apple Valley High School. It was the most OHS students ever to achieve that level; an accomplishment made even more impressive considering OHS was one of the smallest high… Six OHS Speech Team members place at state

Three Orono High School musicians earned superior ratings at the Minnesota State High School League Section 2AA Music Contest (North). The competition, for solo and small ensemble performances, was held April 13 at Buffalo High School. Juniors Alexis Mullen (oboe) and Emma Russin (bassoon) and freshman Megan Schoenzeit (flute) all earned the top rating of superior.… OHS musicians earn superior contest ratings

Orono Schools has been honored with the Best Communities for Music Education designation from the National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) Foundation for its commitment to music education. The designation is awarded to districts that demonstrate outstanding achievement in efforts to provide music access and education to all students. Of the 583 districts spotlighted nationwide,… Music program earns national recognition

Dr.  Amy Steiner, currently serving as an assistant principal at Minnetonka High School, has been named principal of Orono High School. She will succeed David Benson, who is retiring at the end of this school year after 25 years in the district as principal of Orono Middle School and Orono High School. Her appointment was… District hires Dr. Steiner as new OHS principal

Orono High School senior Kevin Cornelius was selected as a state 2018 Minnesota High School League Triple A Award recipient. He joins Noah Carlson of Houston High School, Brianna Kreft of West Central Area High School and Allison Prestby of Alexandria Area High School. The announcement was made March 24 during ceremonies at the Loews… Cornelius receives state Triple A Award honor

Orono High School students Jordan Case and Daniel Walker are this year’s recipients of the ExCEL (Excellence in Community, Education and Leadership) Award sponsored by the Minnesota State High School League. The award recognizes juniors who participate in league-sponsored fine arts and/or athletic activities, hold leadership positions in their school and volunteer in their community.… Juniors Case and Walker “ExCEL” at OHS

Steve Fedie, former Orono High School teacher, athletic director and football coach, will be inducted into the Minnesota High School Football Coaches Hall of Fame. A maximum of six inductees is accepted per year. The honor is reserved for those who have made “significant contributions to Minnesota high school football” and been a head coach… Hall of Fame welcomes new inductee Fedie

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