Dunmore High School

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Dunmore High School
300 West Warren Street
Dunmore, Pennsylvania 18512, United States
Type Public comprehensive secondary
Established 1932 (current high school)
School district Dunmore School District
Principal Mr. Robert Galella
Faculty 40
Grades 9-12
Enrollment 570 (2009-10)
Grade 9 119
Grade 10 129
Grade 11 139
Grade 12 130
Campus Suburban
Color(s) Crimson & Blue
Mascot Bucks
Rival Holy Cross High School
Accreditation Middle States
Newspaper 'Crimson Courier'

Dunmore High School is the secondary education, public school for the borough of Dunmore, Pennsylvania. It is part of the Dunmore School District. It is also part of one of the three (Scranton, Old Forge, Dunmore) school districts in Lackawanna County, Pennsylvania that does not include surrounding boroughs.


  • Superintendent: Richard X. McDonald
  • High School Principal: Robert Gallela
  • High School Vice Principal: Mr. Timothy Hopkins

Academic achievement[edit]

Graduation Rate:
2009 - 94%[1]
2008 - 92%
2007 - 92% [2]

PSSA Results
11th Grade Reading
2009 - 80% on grade level. In Pennsylvania, 65% of 11th graders on grade level.
2008 - 73%, State - 65%
2007 - 76%, State - 65%[3]

11th Grade Math:
2009 - 71% on grade level. In Pennsylvania, 56% of 11th graders are on grade level.[4]
2008 - 58%, State - 56%
2007 - 65%, State - 53%

11th Grade Science:
2009 - 61% on grade level. State: 40% of 11th graders were on grade level.
2008 - 48%, State 39% [5]

Dunmore School District was ranked 126th out of 498 Pennsylvania School Districts in 2008 by the Pittsburgh Business Times. The ranking was based on three years of student academic performance based on the PSSA results.[6]

Classes Offered[edit]

Dunmore High School offers the following classes:

  • English: Regular and Honors for Grades 9-11; Regular, Honors and AP for Grade 12
  • Mathematics: Algebra, Algebra II with Trigonometry, Trigonometry/Pre-Calculus, Calculus, Functional Math, & Geometry.
  • Sciences: Physical Science, Biology, Chemistry, Advanced Biology, Advanced Chemistry, Physics, Nutrition, & Environmental Science
  • Social Studies: Civics/Pennsylvania History, European/American History, American Cultures II, Economics, Psychology/Sociology
  • Foreign Languages: Spanish I-IV, French I-IV
  • Others: Information Technology, Business/Keyboarding, Communications, Speech/Composition, Drafting with AutoCAD I & II, Family and Consumer Sciences, Instrumental Music, Chorus, Band, Jazz Band, and Show Choir, Studio Art and Art History.

College Remediation[edit]

According to a Pennsylvania Department of Education study released in January 2009, 27% of Dunmore High School 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.[7] 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.[8] 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]

The 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.[9] Under the Pennsylvania Transfer and Articulation Agreement, many Pennsylvania colleges and universities accept these credits for students who transfer to their institutions.[10]

For the 2009-10 funding year, the school district received a state grant of $6,226 for the program.[11]

Graduation project[edit]

By law, all Pennsylvania secondary school students must 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.[12]


The district offers a variety of clubs, activities and sports.

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.[13]


The varsity football program is coached by Jack Henzes. In 2007, the Dunmore Bucks traveled to Hersheypark Stadium in Hershey, Pennsylvania to play against Terrell Pryor and the Jeanette Jayhawks for the PIAA Class AA State Title. However, they lost the game with a score of 49-21.[14] Furthermore, the Dunmore Bucks returned to Hersheypark Stadium in Hershey, Pennsylvania on December 14, 2012 to play for the PIAA State Title; however, this time the Bucks took on the Clairton Bears. Unfortunately, the Bucks lost with a final score of 20-0. [15] In addition to its football program, Dunmore is also home to a girls basketball program, coached by Ben O'Brien. In 2011, the Lady Bucks traveled to the Bryce Jordan Center in University Park, Pennsylvania to play for the PIAA Class AA Girls Basketball Championship. The girls battled against Villa Maria Academy, but they were unsuccessful, losing the game with a score of 62-39.[16]

Student-athletes from Dunmore High School have accepted scholarships to many nationally ranked colleges and universities including: Bucknell University, Bryant University, University of Hartford, University of Delaware, University of Connecticut and Temple University.

Overall, Dunmore High School offers numerous varsity sports, under the direction of Athletic Director Mr. Mark Rinaldi, including:


Dunmore High School's student body is very active within the school and in the local community. In 2011, the Crimson Courier, Dunmore High School's newspaper, was nationally recognized for its work on an ongoing piece, entitled "Made In America". The newspaper staff was briefly shown on World News With Diane Sawyer in a segment featuring the push to buy American-made products. A more complete article with the students' work was published on ABC News' website.[17]

Overall, Dunmore High School has numerous organizations for its students to become involved with including:

Alma Mater[edit]

The following are the lyrics to Dunmore High School's Alma Mater:

Dear Dunmore, thy honor is safe in the hands
Of thy sons and thy daughters so true.
Thy students and athletes fresh victories each year
Shall win for the Crimson and Blue.

We will strive with our might
Thy fond name to exalt.
We will sacrifice self to thee aim,
And united in heart and in hand will achieve,
Only deeds that shall add to thy fame.[18]

Notable Alumni[edit]

Cultural References[edit]

  • Dunmore High School was mentioned on NBC's The Office when a crude watermark was accidentally featured on their prom invitations. "The Office" is based in nearby Scranton, PA.
  • Dunmore High School was again mentioned on NBC's The Office when Jim mentions that he bought 500 feet of red wire for twenty dollars from a flea market located next to the school in order to pull a prank on Dwight.
  • "The Office" character Jim Halpert attended Dunmore High School.


  1. ^ http://paayp.emetric.net/School/DataTable/c35/119352203/2429 Dunmore School District Report Card 2009
  2. ^ Pennsylvania Partnerships for Children - High School Graduation 2007 Report
  3. ^ 2007 PSSAs: Reading, Mathematics and Writing Results http://www.portal.state.pa.us/portal/server.pt/community/school_assessments/7442/2006-2007_pssa_and_ayp_results/507511
  4. ^ 2009 PSSAs: Reading, Math, Writing and Science Results http://www.portal.state.pa.us/portal/server.pt/community/school_assessments/7442
  5. ^ Pennsylvania Department of Education Science PSSA 2008 by school and grade
  6. ^ Pennsylvania School District Rankings, Pittsburgh Business Times, July 3, 2008.
  7. ^ Pennsylvania College Remediation Report http://www.scribd.com/doc/23970364/Pennsylvania-College-Remediation-Report
  8. ^ National Center for Education Statistics
  9. ^ 2010-2011 Pennsylvania Department of Education - Dual Enrollment Guidelines.
  10. ^ Pennsylvania Transfer and Articulation Agreement. site accessed March 2010.
  11. ^ Pennsylvania Department of Education Dual Enrollment Fall Grants 2009-10. August 2009
  12. ^ Pennsylvania Code §4.24 (a) High school graduation requirements
  13. ^ Home-Schooled, Charter School Children Can Participate in School District Extracurricular Activities, Pennsylvania Office of the Governor Press Release, November 10, 2005
  14. ^ <http://blog.pennlive.com/westernpafootball/2007/12/dunmore_demolished_jeannette_w.html>
  15. ^ "Dunmore Bucks Fall in State Championship Game". wnep.com. Retrieved 15 April 2014. 
  16. ^ <http://highschoolsports.pennlive.com/news/article/-4615096150323334805/villa-maria-girls-snare-third-consecutive-class-aa-state-title/>
  17. ^ http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/business/2011/12/made-in-america-christmas-goes-to-school/>
  18. ^ <http://dhs.dunmoresd.schoolfusion.us/modules/cms/pages.phtml?pageid=165505&sessionid=>

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Coordinates: 41°25′42″N 75°38′01″W / 41.4282°N 75.6336°W / 41.4282; -75.6336