Palmyra High School (New Jersey)
|Palmyra High School|
|311 West 5th Street
Palmyra, NJ 08065
|School district||Palmyra Public Schools|
|Vice principal||Ken Holloway|
|Faculty||44.4 (on FTE basis)|
|Grades||9 - 12|
|Enrollment||438 (as of 2011-12)|
|Student to teacher ratio||9.87:1|
|Athletics conference||Burlington County Scholastic League|
Palmyra High School is a four-year comprehensive public high school that serves students in ninth through twelfth grades from Palmyra in Burlington County, New Jersey, United States, operating as part of the Palmyra Public Schools. High school classes began shortly after the completion of the Spring Garden Street School in 1895; this building is on the National Register of Historic Places. With increased enrollment, the school was moved to a former girls school, Berkeley Hall, in 1907, and to its own building in 1909. A large addition was completed in 1922. The 1909 structure was destroyed by fire in 1957, and after a vote that narrowly defeated establishing a regional high school, additions were made to the building in 1958 and 1961.
Students from Beverly and Riverton attend the district's high school as part of sending/receiving relationships. In past years, students from Cinnaminson Township, Delanco Township, Delran Township, Riverside Township, and the Delair portion of Pennsauken Township had also attended Palmyra High School
As of the 2011-12 school year, the school had an enrollment of 438 students and 44.4 classroom teachers (on an FTE basis), for a student–teacher ratio of 9.87:1. There were 134 students (30.6% of enrollment) eligible for free lunch and 25 (5.7% of students) eligible for reduced-cost lunch.
Awards, recognition and rankings
The school was the 222nd-ranked public high school in New Jersey out of 328 schools statewide in New Jersey Monthly magazine's September 2012 cover story on the state's "Top Public High Schools", after being ranked 208th in 2010 out of 322 schools listed. The magazine ranked the school 224th in 2008 out of 316 schools. The school was ranked 275th in the magazine's September 2006 issue, which surveyed 316 schools across the state.
Schooldigger.com ranked the school 318th out of 381 public high schools statewide in its 2011 rankings (a decrease of 16 positions from the 2010 ranking) which were based on the combined percentage of students classified as proficient or above proficient on the mathematics (94.6%) and language arts literacy (97.9%) components of the High School Proficiency Assessment (HSPA).
Palmyra High School competes in the Freedom division of the Burlington County Scholastic League (BCSL), a sports association operating under the jurisdiction of the New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association (NJSIAA) that consists of public and non-public high schools covering Burlington County, Mercer County and Ocean County in Central Jersey. With 255 students in grades 10-12, the school was classified by the NJSIAA for the 2014-15 school year as South Jersey, Group I for most athletic competition purposes, which included schools with an enrollment of 182 to 473 students in that grade range.
The school mascot is currently the "Panther," but at the time of the school's inception, its teams were known as the Red Devils. This name was then changed to the Pals, which was used until the 1980s. The school colors have remained the same: red and white.
Students competed in track and field as early as 1903, and in football by 1908. Palmyra's overall record in football, through the 2013 season, is 511 wins, 416 losses, and 49 ties. The team was the South Jersey Group II champion in 1946, 1947, 1948, 1951, and 1953; the Group III title was won in 1963, and Group I honors were won in 1971, 1972, and 1978. The Palmyra/Burlington City High School football rivalry, begun in 1908, is one of the oldest in South Jersey; Palmyra leads the series 53-45-12. The Palmyra High School football stadium was built by the Works Progress Administration in 1939, and recently renovated to include lighting.
The girls basketball team won the South Jersey, Group I state sectional championship with a 46-37 win over Wildwood High School in the tournament final. The team won their semifinal game in the Group I State Championship tournament, defeating Highland Park High School 49-43, before falling to University High School in the championship game.
The Palmyra boys soccer team won their 1st South Jersey Group I state sectional championship in 1989 with a 1-0 win in double overtime against a Haddonfield High School team that came into the title game undefeated. The team tied for the 2009 State Group I championship with Jonathan Dayton High School in a 0-0 tie. The team won the South Jersey title, beating Pitman High School on penalty kicks in a 2-2 tie; they won the state semi-final in the same fashion, defeating Metuchen High School 4-1 on penalty kicks in a scoreless match.
Core members of the school's administration are:
- Joseph Martin - Principal
- Ken Holloway - Vice Principal
- Deron Cherry (born 1959, class of 1977), played in the NFL for the Kansas City Chiefs 1981-1991 and was a six-time Pro Bowler at Safety.
- Derek Holloway (born 1961, class of 1979), retired football player, who was a wide receiver in the NFL for the Washington Redskins and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
- Data for Palmyra High School, National Center for Education Statistics. Accessed August 18, 2014.
- Cooper, et al., Life on the Delaware - A History of Palmyra, New Jersey 1976.
- High School Sending Districts, Burlington County Library System. Accessed January 24, 2008.
- Staff. "The Top New Jersey High Schools: Alphabetical", New Jersey Monthly, August 16, 2012. Accessed August 29, 2012.
- Staff. "2010 Top High Schools", New Jersey Monthly, August 16, 2010. Accessed February 13, 2011.
- "Top New Jersey High Schools 2008: By Rank", New Jersey Monthly, September 2008, posted August 7, 2008. Accessed August 19, 2008.
- New Jersey High School Rankings: 11th Grade HSPA Language Arts Literacy & HSPA Math 2010-2011, Schooldigger.com. Accessed May 22, 2012.
- League Memberships – 2014-2015, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed August 1, 2014.
- 2014-2015 Public Schools Group Classification: ShopRite Cup–Basketball–Baseball–Softball for South Jersey, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association, as of July 8, 2014. Accessed August 1, 2014.
- Athletics, Palmyra Public Schools. Accessed August 29, 2012. "In 1907 the Red Devils, Palmyra's football team, began its rivalry with Burlington City. This is the oldest school rivalry in Burlington County. Now we are known as the Palmyra Panthers, but the rivalry still exists as does Palmyra High School's fierce determination and drive to achieve both scholastic and athletic excellence."
- 2007 Girls Basketball - South, Group I, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed July 18, 2007.
- 2007 Girls Basketball - Public Group Semis/Finals, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed July 18, 2007.
- Rimback, Tom. "4 county teams earn S.J. soccer titles Shawnee executes perfectly; Palmyra captures first crown", Burlington County Times, November 11, 2006. Accessed August 18, 2007. "Chelsea Grace took a pass from Rachel Minton and scored from 25-yard out to give the Palmyra Panthers all the offense they would need to secure their first South Jersey Group 1 girls soccer crown. Palmyra (14-4-3 record) went on to beat Woodstown."
- 2006 Girls Soccer Tournament - South, Group I, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed August 18, 2007.
- Carchidi, Sam. "Palmyra Wins Soccer Title In A Stunner Stops Haddonfield, 1-0, In Group 1 Play", The Philadelphia Inquirer, November 11, 1989. Accessed August 18, 2014. "After nearly 90 tense, scoreless minutes, yesterday's South Jersey Group 1 boys' soccer final appeared headed toward the dreaded penalty-kick shootout.... And Palmyra, on a stunning goal by Shaun Iversen with 30 seconds left in the second overtime, got its first soccer championship in the school's history, shocking previously undefeated Haddonfield, 1-0."
- Chappine, Phil; and Lewis, John A. "Defense does its share as Panthers make history, Burlington County Times, November 22, 2009. Accessed May 22, 2012. "NJSIAA GROUP 1 BOYS SOCCER CHAMPIONSHIP: PALMYRA 0, JONATHAN DAYTON 0. Stat of the Game: Palmyra went over 220 minutes without allowing a goal to end the season."
- Administrative Offices, Palmyra High School. Accessed August 18, 2014.
- Deron Cherry, Database Football. Accessed January 24, 2008.
- Derek Holloway profile, database Football. Accessed August 6, 2007.
- Palmyra High School
- Palmyra Public Schools
- Palmyra Public Schools's 2012–13 School Report Card from the New Jersey Department of Education
- Data for the Palmyra Public Schools, National Center for Education Statistics
- Online Alumni Community