The Oak Ridge High School Athletics Program includes 12 different sports, and ORHS is a respected competitor in class AAA athletic events in the state of Tennessee. The Oak Ridge community is a strong group of supporters. Students are challenged to grow and learn through athletics, and the community continues to be a loyal fan base to encourage its Wildcat teams.
The athletics program includes baseball, boys' basketball, girls' basketball, cheerleading, cross country, football, golf, boys' soccer, girl's soccer, softball, swimming, tennis, track and volleyball.
- Baseball: The team won district championships in 1971, 1972, 1979, 1991, 1993 and 2002, and the team has included two All-American players.
- Boys' Basketball: Won the State Championship in 1961 and 1963, has gone 18-4 for all time at the state tournament, and has continued this level of excellence by competing at the state tournament in 2005.
- Girls' Basketball: State Champions in 1988, 1994 and 1997, Team Runner-Up at State Championship in 1986, 1987, 1989, 1993, 1996 and 1999, and a team member received the "Miss Basketball" honor four times. The girls achieved their second undefeated regular season in school history in 2002 and continue to be a successful team in national tournaments.
- Cheerleading: Oak Ridge cheerleaders have included many state All-Stars, won awards at several camps and tournaments and have been asked to perform at events such as the Citrus Bowl and Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade.
- Boys' Cross Country: Along with winning numerous individual awards including Lance Ivey's State Championship Individual Runner-Up in 2003, the team has won the State Championship in 1980, 1983, 1984, 1991 and 1994. The team has been Runner-Up at the state championship five times including in 2004.
- Girls' Cross Country: Along with several individual events champions, the team included the 2000 Individual State Champion Sarah Damen. The team has been State Champions in 1982, 1996 and 1999 and Runner-Up seven times including in 2000.
- Football: State Champions in 1956, 1958, 1961, 1962, 1975, 1979, 1980 and 1991 and National Champions in 1958. ORHS player Greg Woofter was named American General Mr. Football Lineman of the Year in 1998. The 2005 team just won the 2005 Region 2-5A Championship and will play for the state championship December 3.
- Golf: The team has achieved many successes including placing 2nd in the Region in 2003, after which teammate Scott Stallings went on to place 8th in the state, and the team placed 4th in the Region in 2004.
- Boys' Soccer: The team won 2 State Championships in 1978 and 1982, was State Runner-Up in 1997 and 2004 and has won 8 Semifinals, 10 State Quarterfinals, 6 Region Championships, 5 Region Runner-Ups and 19 District Championships.
- Girl's Soccer: Among numerous individual awards and accomplishments, the team was the 2005 State Runner-Up, ranked No. 1 in the State, won the Region II Title for the third time in the past four years, and won the District III Championship for the twelfth year.
- Softball: Producing several college softball players over the years, the team is always a strong force in the competitive 3AAA Division.
- Swimming: Along with the team accomplishments, the ORHS Swim Team has brought home several individual State Championships. Also, in March 2005, Oak Ridge High School freshman Candace Burgan made the national time cut, which qualified her for the U.S. Nationals and the World Championships. Many swimmers also swim for ACAC, the Atomic City Aquatic Club, which has won numerous state championships.
- Tennis: The girls' team won the State Championship in 1997 and 1998, and the boys' team won the State Championship in 1963. Wildcat tennis players have also won four girls' individual championships and one boys' doubles championship.
- Track: This outstanding program has won countless competitions for both girls' and boys' teams. The girls' team has won nineteen individual state events, three team state events and one team State Championship in 1988. The boys' team has won twenty-two individual state events, twenty-four state team events and seven team State Championships.
- Volleyball: The volleyball program continues to improve as a fierce competitor, consistently winning matches at district and regional tournaments.