Garden Spot High School

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Garden Spot High School
USGS image of Garden Spot HS and MS
669 East Main Street
New Holland, Pennsylvania, Lancaster, 17557
United States
Coordinates 40°06′39″N 76°04′09″W / 40.1109°N 76.0692°W / 40.1109; -76.0692
School type Public, Secondary
Established September 1, 1954[1]
School district Eastern Lancaster County School District
Superintendent Robert Hollister[2]
Principal Matthew Sanger[3]
Gender Co-educational
Schedule type Block scheduling
Campus Rural
Color(s) Blue and gray
Mascot Spartans
Rival Conestoga Valley High School
Yearbook Spartanus
Feeder schools Garden Spot Middle School
Information (717) 354–1550[4]
Garden Spot Spartan athletic logo

Garden Spot High School is located in New Holland, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. Founded in 1954, this is the only Senior High School in the Eastern Lancaster County School District. It is a attached to the Middle School, making it easy for middle school students to go to the high school. It was joined together from six small schools, starting in 1947. The school building contains a clock tower at its center entrance.


The assistant principal is Elias Cox and the principal Matthew Sanger who have been there since 2012.[5]

Extra-curricular activities[edit]

Garden Spot Performing Arts[edit]

Garden Spot High School's theater program, "Garden Spot Performing Arts" began in 1967 by a man named Stan Deen. That is also the name of the Auditorium.


Garden Spot High School's television station is KGSH. KGSH is a morning news program that informs students and teachers of upcoming school events, weather reports, sports news, and e-news. Originally a radio station, KGSH converted to an in-house TV station in 1991. KGSH is also a class taught in which students learn how to use video editing software to create original or parodied graphics/openings. This station if run by the students. There is only one teacher present when there is a session, which occurs during second block.

In the Fall of 2012 a student uploaded a video parody of 'Gangnam Style' by PSY, which is released in July 2012, before the school year began. The video was filmed by students, and the teachers allowed themselves to take part in it. The video was quickly dubbed the 'worst video on the Internet'.[6]


The Garden Spot High School Orchestra is a symphonic orchestra. String musicians are school students selected by audition with the director; wind players are selected based on their audition performance in the Garden Spot High School Concert Band. The orchestra performs a holiday concert in December and an end-of-the-year concert in May. Musicians routinely appear in county and district orchestra festivals.


Girls volleyball[edit]

The girls volleyball team have been Lancaster-Lebanon Section 2 Champions 2006, 2007, 2008, 2010, and 2012. Appeared as Lancaster/Lebanon League Finalists in 2007, 2009, and 2012 while winning the LL League Championship in 2008. In 2007 and 2008 they were PIAA District III AAA Semifinalists - 2007 PIAA AAA Runner Up, 2008 PIAA AAA Semifinalists.[7]

Boys basketball[edit]

The basketball team won Section 2 Championships from 1999–2001. They won a record 34 straight league games, and were ranked no lower than No. 2 each year in districts. The teams qualified each of those years for the league, district, and state playoffs, and placed 2nd in Districts in the 2001 season. Garden Spot boys basketball star, Todd O'Brien, went on to play division 1 basketball at Saint Joseph's University and is currently playing professionally overseas.[8]

Boys football[edit]

The 2008 Football team reached the District 3 Semi-Finals. The last team to make it past the first round was the 2004 squad.

Boys soccer[edit]

The 2002 Lancaster Lebanon League Section 2 Soccer team won 14–0[citation needed], and are the only undefeated soccer team in the school's history.

The 1967 soccer team was 12–1–3 winning the League Championship, the PIAA District 3 Championship and the Inter-District 1–3 Championship (over Ridley Twp. 2–1). There was no State Tournament during this era.


School changes[edit]

In March 2011, because of education cuts under Tom Corbett, the school laid off at least 5 teachers that would otherwise have stayed. Many other teachers were disappointed because of the education cuts. The school year has gone through 4 school years with the cuts in place.

Block scheduling[edit]

GSHS has decided to shift to block scheduling for the 2008–2009 school year, and for all following years.


GSHS underwent major renovations in 2010 and 2011 [1]. Changes were made to the science wing, family consumer science classrooms (middle and high school), art and visual arts classrooms, cafeteria, performing arts (band, orchestra, chorus rooms), auditorium, library, staircases, health room, and the administration and guidance offices (middle and high school.) There were also renovations for the middle school, high school and main entrances. The side of the middle schools towards Tower Road were renovated along with the courtyards in the high school. New bleachers and scoreboard were to be added along with a newly constructed concession stand and bathrooms.

Garden Spot High School Entrance 2013


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  2. ^ "District: District Office". Eastern Lancaster County School District. Retrieved 2008-12-15. 
  3. ^ "Administration". Eastern Lancaster County School District. Retrieved 2013-01-17. 
  4. ^ "Garden Spot High School". Eastern Lancaster County School District. Retrieved 2010-09-08. 
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  8. ^ "EuroBasket". Sports I.T.