Musselman High School
|This article relies too much on references to primary sources. (January 2009)|
|Musselman High School|
Once an Appleman, Always an Appleman
|126 Excellence Way
Inwood, WV, 25428
|School district||Berkeley County Schools|
|Superintendent||Mr. Manny P. Arvon|
|Principal||Holly M. Kleppner|
|Number of students||1,657|
|Color(s)||Kelly green and white, with a touch of red|
|Mascot||Red Delicious Apple|
|Newspaper||The Cider Press|
Musselman High School is a class AAA high school in Inwood, West Virginia, USA, located at 126 Excellence Way. Inwood is in Berkeley County, West Virginia and just outside the city of Martinsburg, the largest city in the Eastern Panhandle and the eighth largest municipality in West Virginia. Inwood is approximately 79 miles from Washington, DC. Musselman High School was established in 1949. Musselman High School was named for the C.H. Musselman Company, an apple processing plant and maker of Musselman's Applesauce. The mascot is the Applemen, a Red Delicious apple with large, muscular arms and legs and an aggressive facial expression.
A new school building was built for the Musselman community in 1998 to replace the aging original structure and to better serve a rapidly increasing population.
Administration and staff
Musselman High School has Holly Kleppner as its principal, and four assistant principals, Dr. Ronald A. Branch II, Matthew D. Wink, Paul Tyson, and Steve Campbell, who is the athletic director.The school has a faculty and staff of about 160 workers. Each high school in Berkeley County is supplied with a School Resource Officer, Musselman High School has a member of the Berkeley County Sheriff's Office, Officer Thomas Carroll. School staff are hired through Berkeley County Schools and West Virginia Department of Education.
In the 1930s, the South Berkeley community realized that a new high school was necessary. Bunker Hill High School, the only high school in the south end of the county, had become overcrowded and substandard. The Berkeley County Board of Education could not afford such an endeavor at the time, so the thought was set aside. Years later, Mr. and Mrs. C.H. Musselman, owners and operators of the Musselman apple processing plant, saw the need and decided to share their wealth by providing the area with a new, modern structure. Mr. Musselman died before the building was completed. The original building was built largely by employees of the C.H. Musselman Company.
In order for the Musselman Foundation to make the gift to the community without special legislation, a special legal procedure was followed. First, the school board purchased the agreed upon site for the building. The site was then leased to the C.H. Musselman Foundation and the building was constructed. The lease was subsequently terminated and the key was handed over to the Berkeley County Board of Education once the structure was finished. The Board of Education named the school Musselman High School. Classes commenced before all details were completed due to the strong need for the facility.
In the first months of operation, the school had no chalkboards, lockers, pencil sharpeners, nor mascot. The building also lacked a gymnasium and an auditorium. Activities that exist today started the first year the school opened including marching band, football and basketball teams, and a school newspaper called "The Cider Press." The marching band made its debut in the spring of 1950 at the Apple Blossom Festival in Winchester, Virginia. The first football team that same year consisted of eleven members and coach, Mr. Kenneth Waldeck. Mr. Waldeck nicknamed the team the "fighting eleven" after their first season brought only one tie and six losses. The Musselman High School football stadium is named for Mr. Waldeck. The original mascot chosen for Musselman High School was the "dragons" and the football team wore borrowed burgundy-colored uniforms from nearby Stonewall Jackson High School.
Fundraisers by the students and community helped to raise money for the chalkboards and other necessities. The school offered a contest in 1950 for students to choose the school colors and Macks Beasley was named the winner with his selection of kelly-green and white. In 1951, then coach and principal, Mr. Kenneth Waldeck, honored the Musselman family by using an apple theme for the school's mascot. He named the "Applemen" as the mascot and the color red was added to the school colors.
The Berkeley County Board of Education paid to construct a gymnasium on the south end of the building in 1955. Prior to the gyms construction, the Applemen had been holding their home games at Martinsburg High School. The auditorium came in 1979, thanks to the joint contributions of the Board of Education and the C.H. Musselman Foundation. By 1996, the original Musselman High School building had also become overcrowded and substandard and the South Berkeley community held an election and passed a bond that would help to build yet another new building.
The new high school was relocated on the opposite side of Rt.11 and opened in 1998. The old building was demolished and is presently the site of the new Musselman Middle School. The original gymnasium and auditorium were kept and integrated into the middle school building plans. The new high school building encompassed a school store, two gymnasiums, a high-tech auditorium, greenhouses, a public library, and 63 classrooms. The building has since been renovated and expanded twice to handle the influx of residents to the area and ever-increasing enrollment.
Musselman High School has had winning athletic teams in sports including basketball, baseball, cheerleading, cross country, football, golf, soccer, softball, swimming, tennis, track, wrestling, and volleyball. MHS teams compete in the AAA WV state classification, the classification for the largest schools in the state and are overseen by the West Virginia Secondary School Activities Commission (WVSSAC). Football is a major sport at Musselman High School, having achieved much success through the school's history, including three WV state titles (1974,1982,1995) and twice finishing as runner-up (1983, 1989), all under coach Denny Price. Price is the all-time-winningest coach in the state of West Virginia, compiling 276 wins in his 40-year coaching career. He retired after the 2012 season.
The Musselman volleyball team achieved state champion titles in 2008  and 2010  During the 2010-2011 school year, the men's swim team and the softball team both captured a regional title. The men's cross-country team has made appearances at the AAA State Cross-Country Championships three of the past four years.
The Musselman "Marching Applemen" marching band is successful, under the direction of Michael Knepper. It has won competitions and competed at the national level including 4th in the Atlantic coast championship and nine Chapter Championships, as well as a 10th place title at the national level.
MHS is home to three show choirs that achieved success under the direction of former director, Sherry Hager. "Kaleidoscope" is a mixed varsity show choir of 40 students that was founded in 1981 by Mrs. Hager and was one of the first show choirs in both West Virginia and Berkeley County. "Vivid Image" is an all-female show choir and "Elite Dimension" is the all-male show choir.
Students participate in a drama department which produces plays and musicals each year. Clubs and organizations offered at the school include Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD), Rotary-Interact Club, Science Club, National Honor Society, National Art Honor Society, Chess Club, Outdoor Club, Diversity, Watershed Environmental Team (WET Club), Library Club, Student Government, Bible Club,Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA),International Thespian Society, and Drama Club.
Students entering Musselman High School typically come from Musselman Middle School. Musselman Middle School eighth grade students are invited to participate in Freshman athletics and programs at Musselman High School. The school is fed from Intermediate and Elementary schools within Berkeley County, West Virginia.
Kara Kowalski, Class of 2006, plaintiff in legal case that upheld school's right to suspend.
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- O'Dell, Larry (27 July 2011). "Kara Kowalski, West Virginia Student, Suspension For Online Bullying Backed By Court". Huffington Post. Retrieved 1 October 2013.
- Musselman High School Edline
- Sports page
- Berkeley County Schools Profile
- WVEIS School Profile
- The Journal newspaper, "Remembering the Old, Less Snazzy Musselman-1949," September 1998
- The Mill Creek Peddler, "Musselman High School...A Gift," August 1998, Volume 3, no. 7
- Bunker Hill Historical Committee, "As Far As We Know...," Virginia, Commercial Press
- Musselman High School Yearbooks for 1950 to 1999