Oxford MI is a village in Oakland County in the state of Michigan. Home to about 3,500 residents, the village is located within Oxford Township and covers about 1 square mile. The village calls itself sister city to Oxford, England although originally known for being “The Barren Plains of Oxford” because many settlers didn’t want to live here due to the rumors of it being nothing but swampland. But in 1823 the first settler, Elbridget Deming sited that the land may be useful and the first post office was constructed in 1834. Shortly after this, mining was established in Oxford and became known as the “Gravel Capital of the World”.
Gravel, an abundant natural resource found throughout northeast Oakland County, played a major role in change and development of the Oxford area. Beginning in 1912 with establishment of a gravel mine by W.O. Smith, eventually 5 individual gravel mining companies were operating in Oxford by the mid 1920s.
Oxford MI emanates a small town feeling. The village center consists of shops, restaurants and taverns stretching for 2 blocks. Local happenings such as athletic events, downtown fairs, scarecrow competitions, school plays and concerts garner a large turnout throughout the year and are reported in the weekly newspaper. The area’s public high school, Oxford High School, was newly expanded in 2003 – 2004 and now holds the title of the largest single floor high school in the state of Michigan.
Oxford was once home to Brace Beemer, radio’s Lone Ranger.
The village of Oxford is home to the school district of Oxford Community Schools. The district has 8 schools which include 1 high school, 1 middle school, 5 elementary schools and 1 special education school.
In 2009 – 2010, Oxford Community Schools was featured as one of the “Best Schools in Michigan”. 2 of the elementary schools both won Michigan Blue Ribbon Awards. In the 2010 – 2011 year, Oxford High School moved from the Flint Metro League to the Oakland Activities Association.
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