Downingtown High School

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Downingtown High School
DowningtownWest.PNG DowningtownEast.PNG
Established 1874
2003 (split)
Type Public secondary school
Principal East: Paul Hurley III
West: A. Kurt Barker
Asst. Principal

East: Ronald Pavlick
Karen Welch
Jill Whalen

West: Patricia Bell
Ryan Farrell
Stefan Muller
Students East: 1,656
West: 1,500
Grades 9-12
District Downingtown Area School District
Campus East: Uwchlan Township, PA
40°2′29.4″N 75°39′40.0″W / 40.041500°N 75.661111°W / 40.041500; -75.661111
West: Downingtown, PA
40°0′42.2″N 75°43′8.3″W / 40.011722°N 75.718972°W / 40.011722; -75.718972
Colors          Blue and gold
Athletics PIAA District 1
Nickname East: Cougars
West: Whippets
Mascot East: The Cougar
West: D-Dog
Yearbook East: The Prowl
Newspaper East: Off the Record
West: West Side Beat
Website East

Downingtown High School is a secondary school located in Downingtown, Pennsylvania and Uwchlan Township, Pennsylvania. Population growth in the burgeoning Downingtown Area School District forced the original Downingtown High School to split into two campuses: Downingtown High School East Campus and Downingtown High School West Campus. While still legally considered one school, the two campuses (usually referred to simply as "East" or "West") are generally regarded as separate entities. While the West Campus is located on the original high school's campus within Downingtown, the East Campus is actually located in Lionville, the northern side of Exton, Pennsylvania.

The mascot for Downingtown East is the cougar, for Downingtown West, the whippet. Both schools' colors are blue and gold, a similarity that recalls that the two campuses were once one school. A healthy rivalry exists between Downingtown East and West. Both schools are well known for their athletics and have won many titles for all different sports. Downingtown High School is well known for having the nation's oldest high school alumni association (est. 1884).


Downingtown East and West campuses field the following varsity sports:


Downingtown High School East

Downingtown High School has many clubs, from marching band to the ski club. The Student Council, which forms many committees and community service programs throughout the year. Both schools also have FBLA-PBL clubs (Future Business Leaders of America) which had nine students qualify for the national competition in 2009, 7 students qualify for the national competition in 2010, and 5 qualify in 2011. The combined school's marching band has participated in the Tournament of Roses Parade, the Citrus Bowl Parade and the Indy 500 Parade. In 2011, the band performed in the Tournament of Roses Parade for the second time.

The extracurriculars offered at the school include, but are not limited to:

  • Student Council
  • National Honor Society
  • Theatre Association
  • Music Ensembles (band, orchestra, choir)
  • Afro Appreciation Club
  • Ecology Club (the oldest in the nation)
  • Ski Club
  • Academic Team
  • Schools for Schools
  • Robotics Club
  • German Club
  • French Club
  • Spanish Club
  • Japanese Club
  • Photography Club
  • Key Club
  • Science Olympiad

Notable alumni[edit]

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