O'Dea High School

Club Offerings

Each year, clubs are offered to students to participate in during Irish Block. Clubs are subject to change due to scheduling and interest level. 

Knowledge Bowl
Knowledge Bowl is a fun, fast paced club which could best be described as Team Jeopardy. Questions on a wide range of subjects are asked, and teams have a chance to answer based on how quickly they buzz in. O’Dea participates in the regional tournament in late January.

Junior State of America (JSA) 
Junior State of America (JSA) is a student run organization created in 1934. This organization caters to students interested in politics, government, foreign affairs, law, and education. JSA allows for an exchange of ideas through stimulating debates, thought talks, and a variety of simulations.

National Honor Society (NHS) 
The purpose of the O’Dea High School Chapter of National Honor Society is to promote enthusiasm for scholarship, character, service, and leadership amongst all students at O’Dea High School. NHS members are those individuals who epitomize all four of the ideals of the National Honor Society. Selection to National Honor Society is done through an application process whereby students provide information used by the Faculty Council to support their candidacy for membership. Students may apply for membership during their sophomore and junior years.  A formal Induction Ceremony for the new members is held in the spring. NHS members plan and lead two Honors Assemblies each school year to recognize and celebrate the academic achievements of our students.

eSports
eSports is a student run club in which members practice and compete in online video games with high schools across the country. It promotes strategy, teambuilding, friendship, and fun while at the same time tapping into the competitive nature of the students. O’Dea participates in a six week spring league in which it competes against other high school teams in the HSEL League of Legends Tournament.

Black Students United for Excellence (BSUE) 
Black Students United for Excellence (BSUE) is rooted in two themes: equity and education. Equitably, it is the goal for students to use a shared voice to demonstrate their leadership on campus. Therefore, it is important that the young men in BSUE are educated in Black History. Ultimately, through the two themes of equity and education, the young men in BSUE understand that Black History is American History.

Asian/Pacific Islander Cultural Club 
The Asian/Pacific Islander Cultural Club’s main purpose is to educate, promote, and encourage awareness of Asian/Pacific Islander cultures and traditions to the O’Dea High School campus and broader community, and offer support to our students of Asian/Pacific Islander decent. Through this, we strengthen our self-awareness, individually and as a whole, while standing together proud of our past experiences and focusing on improving our school’s future.

Rhythm & Poetry 
The focus of the Rhythm & Poetry Club is creative writing and performing inspired by hip-hop, spoken word and poetry. Students learn song structure, performance delivery techniques, recording studio etiquette and more. This group also discusses relevant topics within today’s urban music market as it pertains to the group dynamics.

Digital Media Club (DMC)
The DMC club introduces students to the world of LIVE online streaming and video production. Students are exposed to the “behind the scenes” work involved in successfully producing a school event and will gain valuable experience learning how to operate a camera and navigate production software. Students will stream a variety of athletic and student life events throughout the year and are encouraged to interview players/students and assemble weekly highlights to be played during our streaming broadcasts.

Technology Ambassadors
O’Dea’s Technology Club’s mission is to learn about current trends within the technology industry. O’Dea’s Technology Club will accomplish this by engaging the local tech community, and the greater O’Dea community to provide our members with tech-related educational opportunities. The Club’s vision is to not only help its members learn more about our local technology industry, but also to further O’Dea’s standing as a leader in Innovation in Education.

O’Dea Maker Technology Club
The O’Dea Maker Technology Club Club is an opportunity for students to put into practice human-centered design skills to help local businesses find solutions to real-world problems. These skills, when practiced with a combination of empathy and critical-thinking allow the student to build character while being of service to companies while experimenting with different professions and careers.

Investment Club
O’Dea Investment Club educates young men about how and why to invest in stocks to create economic and financial security in a fun, engaging, intuitive environment. We are committed to educating young men about the importance of passive income in adulthood by teaching them about the various stocks and investment strategies, the stock market, and the general economy.

DECA
DECA prepares emerging leaders and entrepreneurs for careers in marketing, finance, hospitality and management in high schools and colleges around the globe.  As emerging leaders and entrepreneurs, students will gain the skills and experience needed to overcome any challenge as they propel themselves from the classroom to the board room.

Brothers for Others 
The goal of Brothers for Others Club is to engage all students and increase school connectedness. The club provides a forum for discussing school improvement and promoting a positive school climate. Be an O’Dea Gentleman, and show this community what we are all about!

SAFE (Student Advisors for Equity)
The SAFE Council are dedicated to furthering equity and social justice in our school community. We are committed to making all students feel a sense of belonging and bonds of the O’Dea Brotherhood through a critical examination of our school climate and culture.