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History and Traditions

An Oral History of Deer Park Schools


What began as a one-room schoolhouse in 1826 has grown to a two-building system. Each Deer Park School has been strategically located, providing proximity to students. Deer Park is a “walking” school district.

Buses only transport students to Great Oaks Joint Vocational Schools, athletic events, musical performances and competitions, special education programs, and class field trips. There are nearly 6,000 homes in the district. Our average student enrollment is about 1,500 pupils.

A hallmark in Deer Park Community Schools is education with a personal touch. It is not uncommon for multiple generations of a family to have raised and educated their children in the district. Many young people move back to the district when they choose to purchase a home and raise a family. Because of its size, high school students have a chance to participate in athletics, drama, sports and clubs at the same time if they wish. Teachers know their students and parents well. There is a strong sense of pride and involvement by many alumni and community members.

We not only welcome but encourage ALL members of the community to be involved. Volunteer opportunities are numerous and range from helping out in the classroom to serving on the various district community groups. To express appreciation for all that area senior citizens have done over the years to support our district, we offer them a Golden Wildcat Card which provides free admission to most special events. The cards are available at the Board of Education Office: 8688 Donna Lane, Cincinnati, Ohio 45236, or call 891-0222 to have one mailed.