Central Dauphin High School

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Central Dauphin High School
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Location
Harrisburg, PA
Information
Type Public high school
Established 1955
School district Central Dauphin School District
Superintendent Dr. Carol Johnson - contract 7/2012 to 7/12/2016
Principal Mr Ken Miller
Faculty 130 teachers (2010)
Grades 9 to 12
Enrollment Coeducational
Number of students 1,777 pupils (2013), 1,850 (2010) [1]
Color(s) Green and White
Athletics Rams (boys), Lady Rams (Girls)
Athletics conference PIAA
Mascot Ram
Affiliation Secular
Community Lower Paxton, West Hanover, and Middle Paxton Townships, Dauphin Boro, Dauphin County, Pennsylvania
Address 437 Piketown Road
Website

Central Dauphin High School is a public high school located in Harrisburg, Dauphin County, Pennsylvania one of two high schools in the Central Dauphin School District, and the first built in the school district. In 2013, enrollment is 1,777 pupils in grades 9th through 12th with 19% of pupils eligible for a federal free or reduced price lunch due to the family meeting the federal poverty level.[2] According to a report by the Pennsylvania Department of Education, 98% of its teachers were rated "Highly Qualified" under the federal No Child Left Behind Act.[3]

According to the National Center for Education Statistics, in 2011, the school had an enrollment of 1,842 pupils, with 231 students received a free or reduced price lunch due to family poverty.[4]

History[edit]

The school, built in 1955, replaced the former Lower Paxton High School. The school was named Central Dauphin High School, for the school district. Central Dauphin School District was created in 1957, and this merger of several school districts was completed by the opening of Central Dauphin High School.

Between 1955 and 1972, renovations and additions were added to the school, including the science wing, a planetarium, and a new cafeteria. In 2003, the planetarium was named for the school's highly inspirational and influential teacher Dennis Phillippy, however was demolished in 2007.

In the late 1990s, overcrowding in the Central Dauphin School District resulted in a proposal to merge Central Dauphin High School with nearby rival Central Dauphin East High School. The proposal was opposed by Central Dauphin High School and was later voted down by the school board (after its removal in the election the week before). In 2000, the school board voted to build a third high school, but in a sudden turnaround by the school board, it was decided that the district would have only two high schools. A new facility was to be built, and it would be named Central Dauphin High School.

In the 2004-05 school year, the high school moved from its Locust Lane, Lower Paxton Township location to its current Piketown Road, West Hanover Township location. The old building was renovated, and it is now being used as Central Dauphin Middle School. In 2004, former President George W. Bush visited the school, making a speech in the auditorium.

Since 1955, the yearbook has been called the Centralian. The school newspaper is called the Rampage.

Central Dauphin High School is one of the largest public high schools in south-central Pennsylvania and holds graduation ceremonies at the Giant Center in Hershey, Pennsylvania.

Graduation rate[edit]

Academic achievement[edit]

School Performance profile

Central Dauphin Senior High School achieved 83.5 out of 100. Reflects on grade level reading, mathematics and science achievement. In reading/literature - 80.75% were on grade level. In Algebra 1, 75% showed on grade level skills. In Biology, 55.67% showed on grade level science understanding.[12] According to the Pennsylvania Department of Education, 2,181 public schools (less than 73 percent of Pennsylvania public schools), achieved an academic score of 70 or higher. Pennsylvania 11th grade students no longer take the PSSAs. Instead, they now take the Keystone Exams at the end of the associated course.

AYP History[edit]

In 2012, Central Dauphin Senior High School declined to Warning Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) status, under the federal No Child Left Behind Act, due to achieving just 7 out of 14 academic metrics.[13] This was the final year that the PDE reported AYP status for high schools having gotten an exemption from the Obama Administration. Central Dauphin Senior High School achieved AYP status in 2011 and in 2010.[14]

  • 2009 - Warning AYP Status.
  • 2008 - Achieved AYP
  • 2007 - Making Progress in School Improvement I[15]
  • 2006 - declined to School Improvement 1 [16]
  • 2005 - declined to Warning AYP status
  • 2003 & 2004 - Achieved AYP status

PSSA Results history[edit]

11th Grade Reading:
  • 2012 - 76% on grade level, (9% below basic). State - 67% of 11th graders are on grade level. [17]
  • 2011 - 73%, (11% below basic). State - 69.1% [18]
  • 2010 - 79%, State - 67%
  • 2009 - 73%, State - 65%.[19]
  • 2008 - 79%, State - 65%
  • 2007 - 67%, State - 65% [20]
11th Grade Math:
  • 2012 - 68% on grade level (18% below basic). In Pennsylvania, 59% of 11th graders are on grade level. [21]
  • 2011 - 74%, (11% below basic). State - 60.3%.
  • 2010 - 82%, State - 59% [22]
  • 2009 - 69%, State - 56%
  • 2008 - 67%, State - 56%
  • 2007 - 56%, State - 53%

11th Grade Science:

  • 2012 - 47% on grade level (12% below basic). State - 42% of 11th graders were on grade level. [23]
  • 2011 - 46%, (11% below basic). State - 40%
  • 2010 - 55%, State - 39%
  • 2009 - 50%, State - 34%
  • 2008 - 48%, State - 39% [24]

College remediation[edit]

According to a Pennsylvania Department of Education study released in January 2009, 37% of Central Dauphin School District graduates required remediation in mathematics and or reading before they were prepared to take college level courses in the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education or community colleges.[25] Less than 66% of Pennsylvania high school graduates, who enroll in a four-year college in Pennsylvania, will earn a bachelor's degree within six years. Among Pennsylvania high school graduates pursuing an associate degree, only one in three graduate in three years.[26] Per the Pennsylvania Department of Education, one in three recent high school graduates who attend Pennsylvania's public universities and community colleges takes at least one remedial course in math, reading or English.

Dual enrollment[edit]

Central Dauphin High School offers a Dual Enrollment program. This state program permits high school students to take courses, at local higher education institutions, to earn college credits. Students remain enrolled at their high school. The courses count towards high school graduation requirements and towards earning a college degree. The students continue to have full access to activities and programs at their high school. The college credits are offered at a deeply discounted rate. The state offers a small grant to assist students in costs for tuition, fees and books.[27] Under the Pennsylvania Transfer and Articulation Agreement, many Pennsylvania colleges and universities accept these credits for students who transfer to their institutions.[28] For the 2009-10 funding year, the school district received a state grant of $15,027 for the program.

Graduation requirements[edit]

The Central Dauphin School Board has determined that a high school student must earn 24 credits in order to graduate, including: English 4 credits, Social Studies 3 credits, Mathematics 4 credits, Science 3 credits, Physical Education 2 credits, Health 0.5 credit, Arts and Humanities 1 credit, Graduation project 0.5 credit and 6 elective credits.[29]

By law, all Pennsylvania secondary school students were required to complete a project as a part of their eligibility to graduate from high school. The type of project, its rigor and its expectations are set by the individual school district.[30] Effective with the graduating class of 2017, the Pennsylvania State Board of Education eliminated the state mandate that students complete a culminating project in order to graduate.[31]

By Pennsylvania School Board regulations, beginning with the class of 2017, public school students must demonstrate successful completion of secondary level course work in Algebra I, Biology, and English Literature by passing the Keystone Exams.[32] The exam is given at the end of the course. Keystone Exams replace the PSSAs for 11th grade.[33]

Students have several opportunities to pass the exam. Those who do not pass after several attempts can perform a project in order to graduate.[34][35] For the class of 2019, a Composition exam will be added. For the class of 2020, passing a civics and government exam will be added to the graduation requirements. [36] In 2011, Pennsylvania high school students field tested the Algebra 1, Biology and English Lit exams. The statewide results were: Algebra 1 38% on grade level, Biology 35% on grade level and English Lit - 49% on grade level.[37] Individual student, school or district reports were not made public, although they were reported to district officials by the Pennsylvania Department of Education. Students identified as having special needs and qualifying for an Individual Educational Program (IEP) may graduate by meeting the requirements of their IEP.

SAT Scores[edit]

In 2013, Central Dauphin High School students took the SAT exams. The District's Verbal Average Score was 506. The Math average score was 530. The Writing average score was 493. The College Board reported that statewide scores were: 494 in reading, 504 in math and 482 in writing. The nation-wide SAT results were the same as in 2012.[38]

In 2012, 321 Central Dauphin High School students took the SAT exams. The District's Verbal Average Score was 508. The Math average score was 531. The Writing average score was 487. The statewide Verbal SAT exams results were: Verbal 491, Math 501, Writing 480. In the USA, 1.65 million students took the exams achieving scores: Verbal 496, Math 514, Writing 488. According to the College Board the maximum score on each section was 800, and 360 students nationwide scored a perfect 2,400.

In 2011, 356 Central Dauphin High School students took the SAT exams. The school's Verbal Average Score was 515. The Math average score was 549. The Writing average score was 499. [39] Pennsylvania ranked 40th among states with SAT scores: Verbal - 493, Math - 501, Writing - 479. [40] In the United States, 1.65 million students took the exam in 2011. They averaged 497 (out of 800) verbal, 514 math and 489 in writing. [41]

AP Courses[edit]

In 2013, Central Dauphin High School offered 19 Advanced Placement (AP) courses at a higher cost than regular courses. Students have the option of taking College Board approved courses and then taking the College Board's examination in the Spring. Students, who achieve a 3 or better on the exam, may be awarded college credits at US universities and colleges. Each higher education institution sets its own standards about what level of credits are awarded to a student based on their AP exam score. Most higher education give credits for scores of 4 or 5. Some schools also give credits for scores of 3. High schools give credits towards graduation to students who take the school's AP class. At Central Dauphin High School 51.70% of students who took an AP course earned a 3 or better on the exam.[42]

Extracurriculars[edit]

Central Dauphin High School offers a wide variety of clubs, activities and an extensive, costly sports program which duplicates the sports offered at Central Dauphin East High School. Efforts to consolidate some sports between the two district high schools have been resisted by parents. Eligibility to participate is determined by school board policy. The school sports are also governed by the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association rules.

By Pennsylvania law, all K-12 students in the district, including those who attend a private nonpublic school, cyber charter school, charter school and those homeschooled, are eligible to participate in the extracurricular programs including all athletics. They must meet the same eligibility rules as the students enrolled in the district's schools.[43]

Athletics[edit]

Central Dauphin High School has many varsity and junior varsity teams. The Wrestling team has won four straight team championships from 2007-2011 seasons in AAA. The Boy's Volleyball team won the AAA state championship in 2009. Football has won their first AAAA team state championship as of 2011.

The District funds:

Music Program[edit]

Central Dauphin's music program consists of five bands, five choirs, and two orchestras. Bands include a symphonic, wind, two jazz bands, and a marching band. The choirs include an all-boys choir, three all-girls choirs, and a mixed ensemble, as well as a newly added Jazz Choir. The two orchestras are symphonic and string. Each part of the music department holds several concerts throughout the school year, including the annual spring musical, and seasonal concerts held in the auditorium. In the spring, students are able to volunteer their time to try out and participate in the pit orchestra for the annual musical.[citation needed]

Current clubs[edit]

Central Dauphin offers a number of clubs. Students can create new clubs with the principal's approval.

Former clubs[edit]

  • Creative Writing Club
  • Planetarium Assistants Club
  • The MAB's
  • TOM's club
  • Black Awareness Club

Notable alumni[edit]

  • Jeremy Linn - Olympic Gold Medalist Swimmer 4x100m Medley Relay, Silver Medalist 100m Breaststroke Atlanta 1996
  • Marty Reid - ESPN NASCAR Broadcaster[44]
  • Michael Boyer - Actor and showman living in Germany
  • Ryan Whiting - 2012 Indoor Track and Field Shot Put World Champion and 2012 Track and Field Olympic Athlete in Shot Put. [45]
  • Eric Martsolf - Soap opera actor
  • Blake Hamilton - Basketball player, 2004-05 Northeast Conference Player of the Year at Monmouth University.

References[edit]

  1. ^ NCES, Common Core of Data 2010, 2011
  2. ^ Pennsylvania Department of Education, School Performance Profile - Fast Facts - Central Dauphin High School, October 2013
  3. ^ Pennsylvania Department of Education, Professional Qualifications of Teachers Central Dauphin High School 2012, September 21, 2012
  4. ^ NCES, Common Core of Data - Central Dauphin High School, 2012
  5. ^ Pennsylvania Department of Education (October 2013). "Central Dauphin Senior High School Academic Performance Data 2013". 
  6. ^ Pennsylvania Department of Education (2012). "CENTRAL DAUPHIN Senior High School AYP Data Table 2012". 
  7. ^ Pennsylvania Department of Education, CENTRAL DAUPHIN Senior High School AYP Data Table 2011, September 29, 2011
  8. ^ Pennsylvania Department of Education, Central Dauphin Senior High School Academic Achievement Report Card 2010 data table, October 20, 2010
  9. ^ Pennsylvania Department of Education , Central Dauphin Senior High School Academic Achievement Report Card 2009, September 14, 2009
  10. ^ Pennsylvania Department of Education , Central Dauphin Senior High School Academic Achievement Report Card 2008, August 15, 2008
  11. ^ Pennsylvania Partnerships for Children (2008). "High School Graduation rate 2007". 
  12. ^ Pennsylvania Department of Education (October 4, 2013). "Central Dauphin High School Academic Performance Data 2013". 
  13. ^ Pennsylvania Department of Education (2012). "CENTRAL DAUPHIN Senior High School AYP Overview 2012". 
  14. ^ Pennsylvania Department of Education, CENTRAL DAUPHIN Senior High School AYP Overview 2011, September 29, 2011
  15. ^ Pennsylvania Department of Education, CENTRAL DAUPHIN Senior High School AYP Overview 2007, 2007
  16. ^ Pennsylvania Department of Education, CENTRAL DAUPHIN Senior High School AYP Overview 2006, 2006
  17. ^ Pennsylvania Department of Education (September 29, 2012). "2011-2012 PSSA and AYP Results". 
  18. ^ Pennsylvania Department of Education (September 29, 2011). "2010-2011 PSSA and AYP Results". 
  19. ^ Pennsylvania Department of Education (2009). "Central Dauphin Senior High School Report Card 2009". 
  20. ^ Pennsylvania Department of Education (2007). "PSSA Math and Reading results 2007". 
  21. ^ Pittsburgh Post Gazette (October 15, 2012). "How is your school doing?". 
  22. ^ Pennsylvania Department of Education (September 14, 2010). "PSSA Math and Reading results 2010". 
  23. ^ Pennsylvania Department of Education (September 21, 2012). "Central Dauphin Senior High School Academic Achievement Report Card 2012". 
  24. ^ Pennsylvania Department of Education (August 2008). "Report PSSA Science 2008 by school and grade". 
  25. ^ Pennsylvania College Remediation Report http://www.scribd.com/doc/23970364/Pennsylvania-College-Remediation-Report
  26. ^ National Center for Education Statistics
  27. ^ http://www.scribd.com/doc/24901214/Pennsylvania-Department-of-Education-Dual-Enrollment-Guidelines-2010-2011 Pennsylvania Department of Education - Dual Enrollment Guidelines.
  28. ^ Pennsylvania Transfer and Articulation Agreement. site accessed March 2010. http://www.patrac.org/
  29. ^ Central Dauphin School District Administration (May 11, 2010). "Central Dauphin School District Strategic Plan Academics and Assessments". 
  30. ^ Pennsylvania State Board of Education. "Pennsylvania Code §4.24 (a) High school graduation requirements". 
  31. ^ Pennsylvania State Board of Education, Proposed changes to Chapter 4, May 10, 2012
  32. ^ Pennsylvania Department of Education (2010). "Keystone Exam Overview". 
  33. ^ Megan Harris (September 12, 2013). "Pennsylvania changing high school graduation requirements". Tribune Live. 
  34. ^ Pennsylvania Department of Education (September 2011). "Pennsylvania Keystone Exams Overview". 
  35. ^ Pennsylvania State Board of Education (2010). "Rules and Regulation Title 22 PA School Code CH. 4". 
  36. ^ Pennsylvania Department of Education, State Board of Education Finalizes Adoption of Pennsylvania Common Core State Academic Standards and High School Graduation Requirements, March 14, 2013
  37. ^ Pennsylvania Department of Education (2011). "Keystone Exams". 
  38. ^ College Board (2013). "The 2013 SAT Report on College & Career Readiness". 
  39. ^ Pennsylvania Department of Education (2011). "Public School SAT Scores 2011". 
  40. ^ College Board (September 2011). "SAT Scores State By State - Pennsylvania". 
  41. ^ "While U.S. SAT scores dip across the board, N.J. test-takers hold steady". NJ.com. September 2011. 
  42. ^ PDE, School Performance Profile - Academic Performance Data - Central Dauphin High School, December 2013
  43. ^ Home-Schooled, Charter School Children Can Participate in School District Extracurricular Activities, Pennsylvania Office of the Governor Press Release, November 10, 2005
  44. ^ "Marty Reid". ESPN MediaZone. Retrieved 13 July 2012. 
  45. ^ http://www.usatf.org/Athlete-Bios/Ryan-Whiting.aspx

External links[edit]

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