James M. Coughlin High School

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James M. Coughlin High School
Address
80 North Washington Street
Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, 18702
United States
Coordinates 41°14′47″N 75°52′43″W / 41.24633°N 75.87863°W / 41.24633; -75.87863Coordinates: 41°14′47″N 75°52′43″W / 41.24633°N 75.87863°W / 41.24633; -75.87863
Information
Established 1890
Founded James M. Coughlin High School (1925–)
Wilkes-Barre High School (1890–1924)
Status Open
School district Wilkes-Barre Area School District
Team name Coughlin Crusaders
Newspaper The Journal (1893–)
Yearbook The Breidlin (1925–)
The Yearbook (1924)
Website

James M. Coughlin High School is an urban school located in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania. It serves approximately 1000 students in grades 9-12 in the Wilkes-Barre Area School District. Its current principal is Patrick Patte. In 2009, the school reported employing 62 teachers with a student teacher ratio of 17.7 pupils per teacher.[1]

The school's mascot is the crusader. Coughlin is home to the Journal, the second longest continuously published high school newspaper in the country after the Willistonian, published by Williston Northampton School students continuously since 1881.[2] The first issue of the Journal was published on January 20, 1890.

History[edit]

Established in 1890 as Wikes-Barre High School, the current school structure was scheduled to be built on the original school's site in 1905 but due to a flood, which flooded the entire basement and first floor, building had to be restarted. The second part of the building, The Annex, was built in 1952. The main building has four floors and the Annex has three. It is the oldest school in Pennsylvania being built in 1909, the older of the two buildings that makes up Coughlin is over 100 years old. The second building is about 60 years old.

With the construction of a second high school in Wilkes-Barre in 1925, the building was dedicated as James M. Coughlin High School in memory of Superintendent James M. Coughlin who served in that capacity from 1890 to 1918.[3]

Academic achievement[edit]

In 2010 and 2009, the school was in School Improvement I AYP status due to chronic low student achievement in reading and math.[4]

11th Grade Reading

  • 2010 - 68% on grade level (14% below basic). In Pennsylvania, 66% of 11th graders are on grade level.[5]
  • 2009 - 65% (20% below basic), State - 65%[6]
  • 2008 - 65% (15% below basic), State - 65%[7]
  • 2007 - 73% (12% below basic), State - 65%[8]

11th Grade Math:

  • 2010 - 62%, on grade level (22% below basic). In Pennsylvania, 59% of 11th graders are on grade level.[9]
  • 2009 - 49% (30% below basic). State - 56%.
  • 2008 - 56% (28% below basic), State - 56%
  • 2007 - 56% (22% below basic), State - 53%

11th Grade Science:

  • 2010 - 44% on grade level (15% below basic). State - 39% of 11th graders were on grade level.[10]
  • 2009 - 34% (21% below basic). State - 40%[11]
  • 2008 - 35% (14% below basic), State - 39%

Extracurricular Activities[edit]

The school offers a wide variety of activities, clubs and sports. Eligibility to participate is determined by school board policy.

Sports[edit]

Coughlin High School is home to one of the dominant soccer programs in the Wyoming Valley.Coughlin Boys Soccer began play in 1987 under the guidance of Coach Richard Lussi. In twenty years of soccer, Coughlin has had a losing record in only three seasons. The team has appeared in District Playoffs in 18 seasons, including the last 13 years in a row. In addition Coughlin has claimed 4 District Championships, and won the PIAA State Championship in 1997.[12] The Coughlin Track and Field team under Coach Paul McGrane is also very dominant. The Coughlin sprinters, hurdlers, and distance team, are the highest caliber in the valley.

Clubs[edit]

Coughlin also has a large number of in school clubs. These clubs include the Kewanis Club, Go Green Club, Drama Club, Stage Crew, Spanish Club, French Club, and German Club.

Notable alumni[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ ies - National Center for Education Statistics (2009). "Common Core of Data - James M Coughlin Jshs". Retrieved 2011-08-08. 
  2. ^ "Campus Publications". The Williston Northampton School. Retrieved October 18, 2014. 
  3. ^ "History of James M. Coughlin High School". Coughlin High School, Class of 1988. Retrieved June 16, 2013. 
  4. ^ Pennsylvania Department of Education (2010). "JAMES M COUGHLIN Junior Senior High School - School AYP Overview". Retrieved 2011-08-08. 
  5. ^ Pennsylvania Department of Education (2010). "2009-2010 PSSA and AYP Results". Retrieved 2011-08-08. 
  6. ^ The Times-Tribune. (September 2009). "Grading Our Schools database, 2009 PSSA results,". Retrieved 2011-08-08. 
  7. ^ Pennsylvania Department of Education (August 2008). "2007-2008 PSSA and AYP Results". Retrieved 2011-08-08. 
  8. ^ Pennsylvania Department of Education (2007). "PSSA Math and Reading results". Retrieved 2011-08-08. 
  9. ^ Pennsylvania Department of Education (March 2011). "JAMES M COUGHLIN Junior Senior High School Academic Achievement Report Card 2010". Retrieved 2011-08-08. 
  10. ^ Pennsylvania Department of Education (2010). "2009-2010 PSSA and AYP Results Science". Retrieved 2011-08-08. 
  11. ^ Pennsylvania Department of Education (September 2009). "2008-2009 PSSA and AYP Results 2009 Science PSSA results,". Retrieved 2011-08-08. 
  12. ^ "CHS Soccer History". Coughlin High School Boys Soccer. Retrieved 2011-02-28. 

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