Cherokee High School (New Jersey)

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Cherokee High School
Cherokee High School Emblem
120 Tomlinson Mill Road
Marlton, NJ, 08053
Coordinates 39°52′27″N 74°53′51″W / 39.8742°N 74.8975°W / 39.8742; -74.8975Coordinates: 39°52′27″N 74°53′51″W / 39.8742°N 74.8975°W / 39.8742; -74.8975
Type Comprehensive public high school
Established 1975 (1975)
School district Lenape Regional High School District
Superintendent Dr. Carol Birnbohm
Principal Donna Charlesworth (grades 11-12)
Leonard Iannelli (grades 9-10)
Assistant principals Scott Agnew (North AD)
Steve Ciancitto (North)
Anthony Gallo (South)
JoAnn Jankowski (South)
Steve Lee (North)
Dave New (South)
Justin Smith (North/South)
Faculty 185.3 (on FTE basis)[1]
Grades 912
Enrollment 2,261[1] (2012-13)
Student to teacher ratio 12.20:1[1]
Campus Suburban
Color(s)      Brown
Team name Chiefs
Newspaper The Cherokee Scout
Yearbook Talking Leaves

Cherokee High School is a four-year comprehensive public high school, serving students in ninth through twelfth grades as one of four high schools of the Lenape Regional High School District in Burlington County, New Jersey, United States. The communities in the district are Evesham Township, Medford Lakes, Medford Township, Mount Laurel Township, Shamong Township, Southampton Township, Tabernacle Township and Woodland Township.[2][3] Cherokee serves students from Evesham Township.[4] The school has been accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Secondary Schools since 1978.[5]

Most of Cherokee's students come from either Frances S. DeMasi Middle School or Marlton Middle School, which are parts of the Evesham Township School District, located in Evesham Township (commonly referred to as Marlton), a suburb of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Some students also come from the local Catholic school, St. Joan of Arc.

The school was known as simply Cherokee High School until the addition of the "South" building in 2001, at which time the original building was renamed as "Cherokee High School North."[6]

As of the 2012-13 school year, the school had an enrollment of 2,261 students and 185.3 classroom teachers (on an FTE basis), for a student–teacher ratio of 12.20:1. There were 168 students (7.4% of enrollment) eligible for free lunch and 73 (3.2% of students) eligible for reduced-cost lunch.[1]

Awards, recognition and rankings[edit]

The school was the 80th-ranked public high school in New Jersey out of 339 schools statewide in New Jersey Monthly magazine's September 2014 cover story on the state's "Top Public High Schools", using a new ranking methodology.[7] The school had been ranked 157th in the state of 328 schools in 2012, after being ranked 134th in 2010 out of 322 schools listed.[8] The magazine ranked the school 152nd in 2008 out of 316 schools.[9] The school was ranked 131st in the magazine's September 2006 issue, which surveyed 316 schools across the state.[10] ranked the school tied for 86th out of 381 public high schools statewide in its 2011 rankings (an increase of 30 positions from the 2010 ranking) which were based on the combined percentage of students classified as proficient or above proficient on the mathematics (87.9%) and language arts literacy (97.0%) components of the High School Proficiency Assessment (HSPA).[11]


The Cherokee High School Chiefs participate in the Olympic Conference, which consists of public and private high schools located in Burlington County and Camden County, and operates under the supervision of the New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association.[12] With 1,646 students in grades 10-12, the school was classified by the NJSIAA for the 2014-15 school year as South Jersey, Group IV for most athletic competition purposes, which included schools with an enrollment of 1,084 to 1,845 students in that grade range.[13]

Basketball championships
Football championships[17]
  • State Championships: South Jersey Group III - 1981, 1982; South Jersey Group IV - 1985, 1990, 1993, 2005, 2009 (14-0 win vs. Egg Harbor Township[18]), 2010 (33-6 win over Oakcrest[19])[20]
  • Conference Championships: 1973, 1974, 1980, 1981, 1982, 1986, 1987, 1989, 1993, 1998, 2000, 2002, 2005, 2006, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2013
  • Undefeated Seasons: 1981, 1982, 1985 (11-0[19]), 2010 (12-0[19])
Ice hockey

Note that ice hockey is not a school sport in the Lenape School District. Cherokee's ice hockey team is a separate club team in the South Jersey High School Ice Hockey League.

  • Championships: 2002, 2005, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
  • 2013 Flyers Cup AA Champions
Boys soccer
  • New Jersey Group IV State Champions 2000,[21] 2010,[22] 2011[23]
  • Olympic Conference- American Division Champions: 2006, 2007, 2009
  • 1985 New Jersey Group IV Champions (23-2),[24] South Jersey Group IV Champions, ranked 15th in nation by USA Today
  • 2005 South Jersey Group IV Champions (13-1 win vs. Washington Township High School)[25]
  • 2009 Diamond Classic Tournament Champions
Softball championships[26]
  • State Championships: Group III - 1980, 1983; Group IV - 1984, 1988, 1994, 1996, 2001, 2003. The school's eight softball group championships are the most of any public school in the state.[27]
  • Conference Championships: 2002, 2003, 2004
  • Undefeated Seasons: 2003
Track, field, and cross country
  • Boys Group IV Cross Country Championships: 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000 (ranked 3rd in NE, 8th in nation), 2008[28]
Girls Lacrosse
  • New Jersey Group IV State Champions: 2008[29]


Core members of the school's administration are:[30]

  • Donna Charlesworth, North Principal
  • Len Iannelli, South Principal
  • Steve Ciancitto, Cherokee North Assistant Principal
  • Steve Lee, Cherokee North Assistant Principal
  • Scott Agnew, Cherokee North Athletic Director/Assistant Principal
  • Justin Smith, Cherokee North/South Assistant Principal
  • David New, Cherokee South Assistant Principal
  • Anthony Gallo, Cherokee South Assistant Principal
  • JoAnn Jankowski, Cherokee South Assistant Principal

Notable alumni[edit]

Other high schools in the district[edit]

Other schools in the district (with 2011-12 enrollment data from the National Center for Education Statistics[48]) are:[6][49]

  • Lenape High School[50] - located in Medford Township, with 1,981 students from Mount Laurel Township
  • Seneca High School[51] - located in Tabernacle Township, with 1,263 students from Shamong, Southampton Tabernacle and Woodland Townships
  • Shawnee High School[52] - located in Medford Township, with 1,622 students from Medford Lakes and Medford Township


  1. ^ a b c d School Data for Cherokee High School, National Center for Education Statistics. Accessed February 7, 2015.
  2. ^ Sending Schools, Lenape Region High School District. Accessed September 10, 2011.
  3. ^ Lenape Regional High School District 2014 District Narrative, New Jersey School Report Card. Accessed February 7, 2015. "The Lenape Regional High School District serves the eight municipalities of Evesham, Medford, Mount Laurel, Shamong, Southampton, Tabernacle and Woodland Townships and Medford Lakes Borough."
  4. ^ Cherokee High School 2014 Report Card Narrative, New Jersey School Report Card. Accessed February 7, 2015. "From its first days through the present, Cherokee High School has been strengthened by serving a single community: the township of Evesham."
  5. ^ Cherokee High School, Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Secondary Schools. Accessed July 25, 2011.
  6. ^ a b Profile and History, Lenape Regional High School District. Accessed November 24, 2014. "The Lenape District’s four high schools are: Lenape, Shawnee, Cherokee North and South and Seneca. Students from Mount Laurel attend Lenape; students from Medford, Medford Lakes attend Shawnee; students from Evesham (Marlton) attend Cherokee North and South and students from Tabernacle, Shamong, Southampton and Woodland attend Seneca."
  7. ^ Staff. "Top Schools Alphabetical List 2014", New Jersey Monthly, September 2, 2014. Accessed September 5, 2014.
  8. ^ Staff. "The Top New Jersey High Schools: Alphabetical", New Jersey Monthly, August 16, 2012. Accessed September 4, 2012.
  9. ^ Staff. "2010 Top High Schools", New Jersey Monthly, August 16, 2010. Accessed March 17, 2011.
  10. ^ Staff. "Top New Jersey High Schools 2008: By Rank", New Jersey Monthly, August 7, 2008. Accessed February 7, 2015.
  11. ^ School Overview; Click on "Rankings" for 2003-11 HSPA results, Accessed March 10, 2012.
  12. ^ League Memberships – 2014-2015, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed September 8, 2014.
  13. ^ 2014-2015 Public Schools Group Classification: ShopRite Cup–Basketball–Baseball–Softball for South Jersey, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association, as of July 8, 2014. Accessed September 8, 2014.
  14. ^ "2007 Boys Basketball - South, Group IV". New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Retrieved March 8, 2007. 
  15. ^ Staff. "Boys Basketball - 2009-10 NJSIAA Tournament - South, Group 4 - Round 4 - Game 1 - Boys Basketball", The Star-Ledger, March 9, 2010. Accessed July 25, 2011. "Willis Nicholson scored 18 points to pace Cherokee to a 56-43 victory over Shawnee Last night in the NJSIAA/ShopRite South Jersey, Group 4 final in Marlton."
  16. ^ Rosenfeld, Josh. "Boys Basketball - 2009-10 NJSIAA Tournament - Public Semis/Finals - Round 2 - Game 1 - Boys Basketball, The Star-Ledger, March 14, 2010. Accessed July 25, 2011. "The only thing that mattered was that Cherokee captured its first state title in its first appearance in a title game with a 52-38 victory over Plainfield, No. 7 in The Star-Ledger Top 20, in the NJSIAA/ShopRite Group 4 championship game at the Rutgers Athletic Center in Piscataway."
  17. ^ "Cherokee Football: History of Excellence". Retrieved January 2, 2007. 
  18. ^ Staff. "Cherokee defeats Egg Harbor Twp., 14-0", The Philadelphia Inquirer, December 6, 2009. Accessed July 25, 2011. "All were in force yesterday, with an emphasis on the defensive part, as Cherokee defeated visiting Egg Harbor Township, 14-0, in the South Jersey Group 4 championship game."
  19. ^ a b c Anastasia, Phil. "Cherokee takes South Jersey Group 4 title with 33-6 win over Oakcrest", The Philadelphia Inquirer, December 5, 2010. Accessed July 25, 2011. "Cherokee completed the first 12-0 season in the rich history of the program with a 33-6 victory over Oakcrest on Saturday in the South Jersey Group 4 championship game.... The sectional title was the eighth for the Chiefs, the second in a row, and the third since 2005. But this team made its own mark with the first 12-0 record in school history as well as the first undefeated season since the 1985 squad went 11-0 and won the program's first Group 4 crown."
  20. ^ N.J.S.I.A.A. FOOTBALL PLAYOFF CHAMPIONS, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed June 4, 2012.
  21. ^ HISTORY OF NJSIAA BOYS SOCCER, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed September 10, 2011.
  22. ^ Morris, Tim. "Patriots’ run in tournament ends in Group IV semifinals", News Transcript, November 24, 2010. Accessed September 10, 2011. "Cherokee High School of Marlton, the South Jersey Group IV state sectional champion, ended Freehold Township's great post-season run with a 1-0 victory over the Patriots, who were the champions in Central Jersey Group IV. "
  23. ^ Staff. "Cherokee High School boys soccer team honored at Evesham Township Council meeting", The Central record, December 8, 2011. Accessed February 7, 2015. "The Cherokee High School boys varsity soccer team was honored at a recent Evesham Township Council meeting for winning its second straight Group IV State Championship."
  24. ^ History of the NJSIAA Baseball Championships, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed June 4, 2012.
  25. ^ Staff. "Cherokee cruises to crown, An 8-run fifth inning led the Chiefs to a win over Washington Township. It was their third title.", The Philadelphia Inquirer, June 5, 2005. Accessed June 4, 2012. "With the help of eight unearned runs in the fifth inning, sixth-seeded Cherokee defeated fourth-seeded host Washington Township yesterday, 13-1, in the South Jersey Group 4 championship."
  26. ^ "History of Cherokee Softball". Cherokee High School. Retrieved July 26, 2007. 
  27. ^ History of the NJSIAA Softball Championships, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed June 4, 2012.
  28. ^ Cross Country State Group Team Champions, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed September 10, 2011.
  29. ^ HISTORY OF THE NJSIAA GIRLS' LACROSSE CHAMPIONSHIPS, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed February 21, 2012.
  30. ^ Administration, Cherokee High School. Accessed September 10, 2011.
  31. ^ Kolumbic, Dubravka. "Once a teacher, now a comedian, Marlton's Jay Black still knows how to work a room", The Central Record, February 12, 2012. Accessed November 18, 2014. "In a way, for Black, the show at Shawnee is like coming full circle. He recalls pacing the stage at Cherokee High School while he was a student there and pretending he was doing a comedy show."
  32. ^ "Mike Devlin: coach profile". New York Jets. Archived from the original on November 17, 2006. Retrieved March 25, 2007. Devlin earned All-America honors as a high school player at Cherokee High School in Marlton, New Jersey before matriculating to the University of Iowa. 
  33. ^ Orr, Conor. "Jets dismiss Dave DeGuglielmo, announce current coaching staff", The Star-Ledger, February 5, 2013. Accessed September 8, 2014. "Tight ends coach Mike Devlin, a Cherokee High School grad, will bump over and fill DeGuglielmo's spot. "
  34. ^ Cherokee Chiefs in the National Football League, Cherokee High School. Accessed September 28, 2012.
  35. ^ Hyman, Vicki. "'The Voice' 2014: Marlton's Christina Grimmie breaks out — before season six debuts", The Star-Ledger, February 20, 2014. Accessed September 8, 2014. "She attended Cherokee High School but left in 2010 to be home-schooled, and in 2011, after independently releasing an EP, she moved to Los Angeles."
  36. ^ Strauss, Robert. "WORTH NOTING; This Could Be His Date With Destiny", The New York Times, August 7, 2005. Accessed February 10, 2011. "'I was the Prom King, but I couldn't get a date,' said Mr. Herzlinger, a 1994 Cherokee High School graduate who went on, with his childhood buddies Mr. Gunn and Mr. Winn, to Ithaca College film school."
  37. ^ "A Double Shot at Love: Dana Kelly". Retrieved December 12, 2008. 
  38. ^ Narducci, Marc. "Cherokee's Tom Knight Could Be A First-round Pick. A Strong Combine Pushes His Stock Up On Nfl Charts", The Philadelphia Inquirer, April 18, 1997. Accessed September 18, 2014. "Knight, a 1992 graduate of Cherokee High, tested off the charts during the three-day NFL combine, held in February in Indianapolis."
  39. ^ Staff. "Tina stays mum on Sarah", Philadelphia Daily News, September 9, 2008. Accessed August 9, 2012. "Marlton native actress Brit Morgan was recently in the area visiting family. Morgan was known as Brittany Dengler while attending Cherokee High School, where she graduated in 2005."
  40. ^ Proko, Peter (2010). "New Blood". South Jersey Magazine 7 (2): 52–57. 
  41. ^ Fisher, Rich. "Back In No Time, Norman Tackles Rigors Of Football The Princeton Offensive Lineman Didn't Take Long To Learn The Game - Or Recover From A Broken Leg.", The Philadelphia Inquirer, September 16, 1999. Accessed September 8, 2014. "In a way, the workload was a blessing for the Cherokee graduate, who had no time to feel sorry for himself."
  42. ^ Richard Ruccolo, South African TV Authority. Accessed October 14, 2007. "Upon finishing school at Cherokee High School, he headed straight for Los Angeles, where he slept on a friends couch until he found work acting."
  43. ^ Staff. "Questions & Answers, The Providence Journal, June 15, 1986. Accessed February 10, 2011. "Schoeffling who was born in Chestnut Hill, Pa., attended nine different schools before graduating from Cherokee High School Marlton N.J. where he was an outstanding wrestler."
  44. ^ Riordan, Kevin. "Player from New Jersey retains World Pokemon title", The Philadelphia Inquirer, September 15, 2011. Accessed March 2, 2013. "Ray Rizzo, a skinny, soft-spoken math whiz from Marlton, is the best Pokémon player on the planet. Again.... 'It definitely felt good to win again,' adds the 19-year-old Cherokee Regional High grad."
  45. ^ Pokémon VGC 2011 World Championship, Nintendo/Creatures Inc./GAME FREAK inc.. Accessed October 8, 2011.
  46. ^ "Eagles Sign Lou Sarcone From Marlton New Jersey", Varkaus Eagles Hockey, July 3, 2008. Accessed September 8, 2014.
  47. ^ Staff. "Trump signs on to NBC reality show", The Philadelphia Inquirer, April 13, 2003. Accessed June 4, 2012. "Marlton native Nicole Wood (Cherokee High 1988) marked her 10th anniversary as a Playboy Playmate with a Friday shindig at the Old City club 32°."
  48. ^ Data for the Lenape Regional High School District, National Center for Education Statistics. Accessed November 24, 2014.
  49. ^ New Jersey School Directory for Lenape Regional High School District, New Jersey Department of Education. Accessed November 24, 2014.
  50. ^ Lenape High School, Lenape Regional High School District. Accessed November 24, 2014.
  51. ^ Seneca High School, Lenape Regional High School District. Accessed November 24, 2014.
  52. ^ Shawnee High School, Lenape Regional High School District. Accessed November 24, 2014.

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