Haverford High School
Haverford Senior High School is the public high school of Haverford Township, Pennsylvania, United States, operated by the School District of Haverford Township. It is at 200 Mill Road in Havertown. The school serves the entirety of Haverford Township, including all of the unincorporated community of "Havertown" (a place name created by the US Postal Service to designate ZIP Code 19083, which is wholly within Haverford Township), and the Haverford Township portions of the unincorporated communities of Haverford, Bryn Mawr, Ardmore, Drexel Hill, and Wynnewood.
Approximately 90% of Haverford's graduates continue their formal education at colleges, universities and technical schools. Haverford students traditionally are well- placed in the National Merit Scholar Program and other academic award competitions in mathematics, science, foreign languages, writing, art and music.
All five elementary schools in the School District of Haverford Township feed into the middle school, which feeds into HHS.
The first recorded purchase of land for educational purposes in Haverford Township was made on October 28, 1797. A stone structure erected on a site along Darby Road at the crossroads Coopertown served as a school until 1872. Today, known as the Federal School, the building still stands and serves as a window to history for Haverford Township children. Every fourth-grade student spends a day at the Federal School learning what it was like to be a student in 1797.
The Llanerch School was built in 1905 and still stands on Darby road. It served as the high school until 1910. The Oakmont School was built on Eagle Road at Hathaway Lane in 1912 to serve as the new high school. It remained the high school until 1923. With the dawn of a new decade and World War I behind the country, Haverford Township began experiencing another wave of expansion. In 1923, the "new" Haverford High School on Darby Road was completed. It was expanded to include a junior high school in the 1930s and now serves as the Haverford Middle School and the school district's administrative offices.
In 1956, the new (and current) Haverford High School was constructed on Mill Road creating a complex of fields and buildings used by both the high school and the adjacent Haverford Middle School.
The high school building was expanded and modernized from 1996-1999. Renovations took a long time and created many issues, one being that one side of the school is higher than the other. The most significant physical addition to the school during these years was the demolition of a small building at the rear center of the (used as counselling suite and lounge area) and the construction of a three floor addition to house new and spacious science classrooms/laboraties, as well as large seminar classrooms. With this change, rear classrooms in the center of the original building lost exterior windows, and now looked out over open common space adjacent to two new cafeterias, separated by a large new kitchen. Further this new addition included new administrative offices. This meant that these offices left their original locations along the front of the center wing of the original building. This space became a new principal's office, infirmary, sewing classroom, and a new staircase was added, as well. With the construction of the additions, the wood, metal, and motor shops were eliminated from the building, along with those courses. Wood shop continued to be offered to at the Haverford Middle School wood shop.
Also during the 1996-1999 renovations, the original cafeteria was renovated into a new art classroom wing, as well as a large college-style seminar classroom. With the moving of the art rooms, the former art space became the current choir classroom. The former choir classroom became a new weight room for the use of the school's athletes. The original library space was turned into classroom space for child development and cooking classes. With this change also came the elimination of a faculty lunchroom from that part of the building.
Additionally, renovations involved removing the entire interior of areas being renovated, such that today's classrooms are not merely redone versions of the original rooms, but rather, entirely new rooms. One long-debated result of this renovation was that in removing the interior and building it anew, walls of concrete brick and glazed tiling were removed, and replaced uniformly with drywall. As a result, the walls are easily damaged and frequently require patching or painting. One other change was that many windows were covered or eliminated in the renovation. For example, the exterior of the building today reveals that along the upper section of the gymnasium, stuccoed panels cover what had been large windows. And most classrooms lost half their window area as glass bricks were covered over, leaving only the lower, operable parts of the windows exposed. The rear wall of the interior of the auditorium also once was lined with windows covered with drapes; renovations replaced the windows with walls. The only area of the school that appears nearly as it did when the building first opened is the auditorium and gymnasium lobby, which still combine terazzo flooring, chrome, blond varnished wood, and glazed bricks, giving this area the character the entire building once had.
A very positive result of the renovation was a large, bright, and attractive library that includes a large mezzanine with desktop computers for student usage. The school was also fully air-conditioned in the renovation.
The Haverford High football team has one of the longest running gridiron rivalries in Pennsylvania, facing off against Upper Darby High School since 1921. The game is played on Thanksgiving Day and alternates between the two school football fields. Upper Darby has a slight 44-42-6 lead in the series (after 2013 game).
The Haverford High men's basketball team won its only PIAA State Championship in 1958. Haverford High was PIAA runners-up in 1970.
The Haverford High School men's volleyball team, under coach Ted Keyser, won 17 district titles and 9 Pennsylvania state championships.
In 1969, the Haverford High School ice hockey team was one of the seven original members of the Inter-County Scholastic Hockey League, the first high schools to participate in Pennsylvania high school hockey. The team's original coach, Ed Galli, was also the president of the league. The team won the Flyer's Cup in the 2005-2006 season, 2006- 2007 season, and the 2007-2008 season at the AA level. The victory in the Flyers Cup advanced the team to the Pennsylvania State High School Ice Hockey Championship, where they were defeated all three times.
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