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OPHS Earns 2020-2021 Student-Athlete School of Distinction Award

The New York State Public High School Athletic Association, Inc. (NYSPHSAA) honored Orchard Park High School (OPHS) as one of 64 schools statewide to receive the 2020-2021 Student-Athlete School of Distinction Award. OPHS earned the award by having 100 percent of its varsity teams qualify for and receive Scholar-Athlete team awards during their respective sports seasons.
This year’s award marks the second time OPHS achieved the School of Distinction Award, as it received the designation in 2014. Varsity teams achieve Scholar-Athlete team awards by having an average GPA of 90.00 or above for at least 75% of its roster.
OPHS joins five other high schools throughout the eight-county Western New York region as a 2020-2021 School of Distinction. NYSPHSAA officials will present OPHS with a certificate and commemorative award at a local athletic director workshop this fall.
“This is an outstanding accomplishment for our 28 varsity teams,” said David Hack, director of physical education and athletics for OPHS. “The achievement affirms Orchard Park High School’s commitment to excellence both in the classroom and on the field.”
NYSPHSAA began its Scholar-Athlete team award for the 1991-1992 school year and established the School of Distinction Award in 2002-2003. In addition to this year’s 64 School of Distinction honorees, another 124 schools received the School of Excellence Award for having at least 75 percent of varsity teams qualify for the honors threshold.
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