OCEAN CITY, NJ (September 24, 2019) – Ocean City High School has received multiple accolades for the 2018-2019 school year for their athletic performance, as well as, their incredible sportsmanship. This year the student-athletes and coaching staff have received the NJSIAA Sportsmanship Banner, the Ed Byrnes Award, and have been ranked in the top 50 public schools for sports in New Jersey.
“Ocean City High School has a long history of illustrious athletic achievement. We are thrilled to be adding the NJSIAA Sportsmanship Banner to this history. The Ocean City School District takes great pride in our student-athletes abilities on the field, as well as, their dynamic sportsmanship off the field. It will be a continued goal of our coaching staff, administrators, and student-athletes to keep sportsmanlike conduct at the forefront of our athletic aspirations,” said Dr. Kathleen Taylor, Superintendent of Schools.
The Ocean City High School gymnasium is full of banners acknowledging championship-winning teams and record-breaking athletes; however, a new banner will be added to their walls this year, the NJSIAA Sportsmanship Banner. The NJSIAA Sportsmanship Award recognizes high schools throughout the state for their exemplary commitment to sportsmanship. Ocean City High School was one of three schools in the Cape-Atlantic League that received the 2018-2019 NJSIAA Sportsmanship Banner. This banner highlights Ocean City High School’s commitment to outstanding sportsmanship on and off the field.
Ocean City has also received the Ed Byrnes award for the 2018-2019 school year. Since the awards inaugural year 29 years ago, Ocean City has now received the award a total of 17 times. The Ed Byrnes Award is an all-sport award created by Prime Events and William Schoppy Inc. in 1991. It was renamed in memory of Ed Byrnes, the longtime athletic director and football coach at Holy Spirit High School and president of the Cape-Atlantic League, after he died suddenly in February, 1996. The award is given to the school(s) that demonstrates the most versatility amongst their championships. Points are awarded to a school based on how many different sports the school was able to win a championship for.
Ocean City was ranked in Niche’s Top 50 Public Schools For Sports in New Jersey, receiving the 20th spot on the list. A school’s ranking on the list is calculated based on it’s entire athletic environment, including boys athletic participation, girls athletic participation, total high school enrollment, K12 sports championships, number of interscholastic sports offered, and parent/student surveys on sports.
“One of my goals in becoming the K-12 Athletic Director was to bring our program up in the state rankings. Receiving these accolades is such exciting news. This ranking takes into consideration a lot of elements, not just wins and losses. It truly is a team effort from administration and the BOE, to the greater
community, to our staff, coaches, and the student-athletes themselves. Our district provides so much support for the student-athletes. Another item that I have always stressed, and continue to stress, is sportsmanship. Our student-athletes represent our school, district, and community and their behavior on (and off) the field is so important. To be recognized by the NJSIAA is wonderful,” said Geoffrey Haines, Ocean City School District K-12 Athletic Director.
Ocean City School Athletes are committed to continuing their dedication to outstanding athleticism and sportsmanship.