Archbishop Wood Catholic High School

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Archbishop Wood Catholic High School
Archbishop Wood Catholic High School (crest).png
Coronam Fidelitas Merebit
Faithfulness Merits the Crown
Address
655 York Road
Warminster, Pennsylvania, (Bucks County), 18974
United States
Coordinates 40°12′33″N 75°5′56″W / 40.20917°N 75.09889°W / 40.20917; -75.09889Coordinates: 40°12′33″N 75°5′56″W / 40.20917°N 75.09889°W / 40.20917; -75.09889
Information
Type Private, Coeducational
Religious affiliation(s) Roman Catholic
Established 1964
President Gary Zimmaro
Principal Mary Harkins
Asst. Principal James Mullen
Donald Mangin
Christopher DiLeonardo
Staff 85
Faculty 56
Grades 9-12
Enrollment 1100+ (2008)
Campus size 32 acres (130,000 m2)
Color(s) Black, Green and Gold             
Athletics conference Philadelphia Catholic League
Mascot Viking
Team name Vikings
Accreditation Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools [1]
Newspaper The Viking Voice
Tuition $5,100
Admissions Director Patricia Roschetz
Athletic Director Joe Sette
Website
View of Archbishop Wood.

Archbishop Wood Catholic High School is a private, Roman Catholic high school. The school was built in 1964 in Warminster Township in Bucks County.

School Seal and Motto[edit]

The school seal is in the shape of a shield bearing a cross with green ivy and a gold crown superimposed. The symbolism of the seal and free translation of the motto:

Fidelity (the ivy) to Christian principles (the cross) will merit for students and the graduate the crown of everlasting life. Emblazoned below the shield is the school motto: "Coronam Fidelitas Merebit", meaning "Faithfulness Merits The Crown".

History[edit]

Archbishop Wood was founded and built in 1964 in Warminster Township, Pennsylvania as two separate but essentially identical buildings. Named after Philadelphia's 19th century Archbishop James Frederick Bryan Wood, the school was originally divided into Archbishop Wood High School For Boys and Archbishop Wood High School For Girls.

Though the original blueprints for the school included an auditorium to be built in the space between the separate buildings, budgetary constraints forced plans for the auditorium to be scrapped. By 1987, funding for the auditorium had been secured thanks to donations by the Archbishop Wood Alumni Association. The Sophia A. Friedman Auditorium was completed by 1989, coinciding with the joining of the two schools into Archbishop Wood Catholic High School, wherein the school became co-educational and the two buildings were united by means of the auditorium.

Academics[edit]

Archbishop Wood Catholic High School is well known throughout the Archdiocese of Philadelphia for its excellence in academics. The school currently offers eleven Advanced Placement classes, and over 98% of students take the SATs each year. 75% of the graduating class attend a four-year college, while 19% attend a two-year college. Students of color make up less than 3% of the student population. Graduates frequently gain acceptance into some of the most prestigious schools nationwide, including Ivy League and Patriot League schools as well as service academies, and are awarded over $18 million in scholarships yearly.

Alma mater sheet music.

Alma mater[edit]

We salute you Alma Mater
Hail with pride our honored seal
And beneath our glowing colors
Pledge to you our faith and zeal.

With our banner's cross to guide us
Bringing wisdon to the world
Ever by our faithful striving
Will our colors stand unfurled...

Hail the Black, Green, and Gold
Of Archbishop Wood
May we bring to your banner renown
For in youth's loyal might
Serving God and the Right
Is Alma Mater's radiant crown,
Is Alma Mater's radiant crown.

Student life[edit]

Archbishop Wood's mascot is the Viking. Students participate in a variety of co- and extracurricular activities from athletics to academic programs to student-run activities. The students of Archbishop Wood provide fantastic support for their sports teams and are often referred to as the "Warminster Wackies." The Warminster Wackies are usually led by one or two devoted student leaders each year.

A total of fifty classroom teachers are employed, with around a 1:20 teacher-to-student ratio.

The Viking Voice (Newspaper)[edit]

The Viking Voice is Archbishop Wood's student newspaper. When the school was founded in 1965, the student newspaper was split into two divisions, one for the boys' school and another for the girls'. The newspaper was called "Crossroads" and "Wood Winds", respectively. When the two buildings were united and Archbishop Wood made co-educational in 1989, the newspaper was rechristened "The Viking Voice".

Individuals within the school have maintained an extensive physical archive of the newspapers dating back to 1967. In 2006, various alumni began a project to digitize the archives to preserve them for posterity. The digital archives can be accessed here. Though efforts have been made to enhance the standing of the newspaper, there has historically been little financial or institutional support for an expanded, comprehensive student-run newspaper infrastructure.

The Viking (Yearbook)[edit]

Prior to the school becoming co-educational, the boys' school yearbook was titled "Woodsman", and the girls' yearbook was titled "Embers."

Performing Arts Department[edit]

Archbishop Wood's performing arts department is widely recognized for its professionalism and talent. Two theatre productions are presented each year, one in the fall and one in the spring. Performances consistently sell out in advance, performing for over 3,000 audience members as well as over 2,000 elementary school students in the week leading up to the performance weekend.

The Marching Unit competes at the highest level of its class, having recently won the 2011 Cavalcade of Bands Independence A Championship in Hershey, PA, and the 2010 Tournament of Bands All Chapter Championship (Group 2A) in Hershey, PA. Recent awards also include a USSBA All-State Championship in 2001, USSBA PA State Championships in 2001, 2002, 2003, and 2005, and a Cavalcade of Bands Championship in 2007. The Indoor Percussion Ensemble and Color Guard have shared in the Marching Unit's success, winning several TIA championships over the past ten years.

Past Shows[edit]

Year Marching Unit Show (placement) Indoor Color Guard Indoor Percussion Unit Show Fall Theatre Show Spring Theatre Show
1998–1999 Legacy / Harlem Nocturne / Land of Make Believe (3rd, Cavalcade) Stormy Monday N/A N/A 42nd Street
1999–2000 Sing A New Song / Be Ye Glad / Make His Glorious Praise Known (3rd, Cavalcade) Woman Latin Grooves Beauty and the Beast Grease
2000–2001 The Shape of Things to Come (David Arkenstone) (2nd, USSBA (2A)) Jeremiah's Symphony Survivor Scrooge Guys and Dolls
2001–2002 The Music of Riverdance (1st, USSBA (2A)) Leonard Bernstein's "The Mass" The Music of Riverdance Peter Pan Seven Brides for Seven Brothers
2002–2003 The Music of Aaron Copland (13th, USSBA (2 Open)) Dar Williams "February" Appalachian Spring (1st, TIA Novice) Annie My Fair Lady
2003–2004 The Music of Karl Jenkins (3rd, USSBA (2 Open)) George Winston "Canon in D" (2nd, TIA Scholastic A) The Music of Karl Jenkins Oliver The Music Man
2004–2005 Cirque du Soleil: La Nouba (4th, USSBA (2A)) Paso Doble (1st, TIA Open) The Music of Buddy Rich Honk! Footloose
2005–2006 The Machine (6th (USSBA 2A)) Breaking In (Senior Guard) / Space (Junior Guard) Shapes and Colors in Three Movements (Key Poulan) Aladdin The Wizard of Oz
2006–2007 The Music of Michael McDonald (2nd, Cavalcade (Liberty A)) Eleanor Rigby Sticks on Styx Beauty and the Beast High School Musical
2007–2008 Cirque du Soleil: Quidam (1st, Cavalcade (Liberty A)) The Ten Commandments Cirque du Soleil: Quidam (1st, TIA Scholastic Open Concert) A Christmas Carol Seussical the Musical
2008–2009 The Music of Beethoven (5th, Cavalcade (Liberty A)) Krush (Senior Guard) / Fay (Junior Guard) Jazz Club (1st, TIA Scholastic Open Concert) Mulan Guys and Dolls
2009–2010 Fascinating Rhythms (3rd, Cavalcade (American Open)) Snowbirds (Senior Guard) / Spring (Junior Guard) Earth, Wind, and Fire (1st, TIA Scholastic Open Standstill) Willy Wonka Thoroughly Modern Millie
2010–2011 Tribal Elements (1st, TOB (2A)) The Hunter (4th, TIA Independent A Class) Jesus Christ, Superstar (1st, TIA Scholastic Open Standstill) Joseph...Dreamcoat Kiss Me, Kate (Revival)
2011–2012 Jekyll and Hyde (1st, Cavalcade (Independence A)) A Thousand Years (3rd, MAIN Independent A) Around the World in 80 Days (2nd; MAPS Regional A) A Funny Thing...Forum Hello Dolly

Student Council[edit]

The Student Council consists of a president, three vice presidents, two executive board members from each graduating class, and a representative from each homeroom.

Athletics[edit]

Archbishop Wood has a proud athletic tradition with numerous Philadelphia Catholic League Champions.

The Championship teams are:

  • Boys Soccer: 2004, 2010 (PIAA AAA runners-up)
  • Girls Soccer: 1995 (PCL), 2010 (PCL AAA; District XII; PIAA AAA runners-up), 2011 (PCL AAA)
  • Girls Volleyball: 2010 (PCL; District XII)
  • Cheerleading: 2010 (PCL), 2011 States Medium Varsity Division, 2012 National High School Cheerleading Championship Bid Recipient Medium Varsity Division, Ranked 5th in the Nation at NHSCC, 2013 PIAA State Finalist ranked No. 7, 2013 District 12 Medium Champion, 2013 National Finalist Top 12.
  • Football: 1974, 1978, 2003b, 2004b, 2005b (b - Blue Division, Small Enrollment), 2008 (AAA), 2009 (PCL AAA; District 12 AAA), 2010 (PCL AAA; District 12 AAA), 2011 (PCL AAA, PIAA Class AAA State Champions), 2012 (PCL AAA; District 12 AAA)
  • Baseball: 1990, 1993, 2009b, 2010b (District 12 AAA)
  • Boys Swimming: 2011 (District XII)
  • Boys Cross Country (Under the Direction of John Paul Sharp, 1974–2002, d. Oct. 22, 2003)
    • 1969 (Varsity: Steve Landis, John Gall)
    • 1979 (Varsity: Martin Loscalzo, Leo Resinksi, Tom Tolarski, Kevin Chern, Ed Boscola)
    • 1983 (Varsity: Bob Winkler, Tom Brewer, John Meighan, Bob Devlin, Mike Leib, Mike Haney, Joe Rueger)
    • 1984 (Varsity: Bob Winkler, Mike Ewing, Mike Leib, Mike Haney, Greg Penko, Joe Rueger)
    • 1986 (Varsity: Mike Ewing, Brian Moroney, Curt Burkholder, Dave Penko, Brett Amberson, Gordon Hornig, Andy Waldron, Dennis Daniluk)
    • 1987 (Varsity: Mike Ewing, Brian Moroney, Brett Amberson, Curt Burkholder, Michael Vivian)
    • 1988 (Varsity: Brett Amberson, Chris Wiegand, David Crowley, Michael Vivian, Rob Templeton)
    • 1990 (Varsity: Brian McCafferty, Jason Switzer, Doug Menzak, Keith Clements, Dennis Monahan, Mike Coyne, Joe Bryson, Jim McShane)
    • 1991 (Varsity: Brian McCafferty, Jason Switzer, Keith Clements, Dennis Monahan, Mike Coyne, Jim McShane, Chris Kennedy, Brian Rodowicz)
    • 1995 (Varsity: Geoff Angelone, David Polis, Chris Haas, Nick Pagano, Brian McVan, Tom Waldron, Mike Kochanski, Dan Pavlik)
  • Girls Cross Country: 1995, 1996, 1997 (PCL), 2010 (PCL; District XII), 2011 (PCL)
  • Ice Hockey: 2002
  • Girls Swimming: 2008 (PCL), 2011 (District XII)
  • Girls Basketball: 1982 (PCL), 2010 (PIAA AAA Class State Champions), 2011 (PCL, PIAA Class AAA State Champions), 2012 (PIAA AAA State Champions)
  • Wrestling: 1980, 1986, 1988, 2002

Football: 2011 State Championship[edit]

The Archbishop Wood Vikings beat Harrisburg's Bishop McDevitt Crusaders 52-0 in the 2011 PIAA AAA State Championship game, played December 16, 2011, at Hersheypark Stadium. The 52-0 victory was the largest margin of victory ever in a PIAA state championship game and the second most points ever scored in a state championship game. Archbishop Wood rushed for 343 yards on the ground, led by Desmon Peoples (18 attempts, 151 yards, 2 TDs) and Brandon Peoples (16 attempts, 171 yards, 3 TDs). Quarterback Joe Monaghan led the offense, completing 2 of 6 passes for 48 yards, including a 19-yard touchdown to WR Nate Smith. Nick Visco added a 41-yard field goal, and Andrew Guckin returned an interception 75 yards for another touchdown.[2] The team finished the season ranked #17 in the nation by Sports Illustrated.[3]

Notable alumni[edit]

See also[edit]

External links[edit]

Notes and references[edit]

  1. ^ MSA-CSS. "MSA-Commission on Secondary Schools". Retrieved 2009-05-23. 
  2. ^ PennLive.com. "2011 PIAA Class AAA Football State Final - Box Score". Retrieved 2011-12-18. 
  3. ^ Sports Illustrated, Ben Glicksman (2011-12-19). "Sports Illustrated High School Football Rankings". CNN. Retrieved 2011-12-19.