Pennsville Memorial High School
|Pennsville Memorial High School|
|110 S. Broadway
Pennsville, NJ 08070
|School district||Pennsville School District|
|Asst. Principal||Alicia Busillo|
|Faculty||41.0 (on FTE basis)|
|Enrollment||486 (as of 2010-11)|
|Student to teacher ratio||11.85:1|
|Athletics conference||Tri-County Conference|
As of the 2010-11 school year, the school had an enrollment of 486 students and 41.0 classroom teachers (on an FTE basis), for a student–teacher ratio of 11.85:1. There were 79 students (16.3% of enrollment) eligible for free lunch and 21 (4.3% of students) eligible for reduced-cost lunch.
The Music Academy (composed of a Vocal and Instrumental Academy) as well as a graphic arts Academy are located in the school facilities. Both of these academies are institutions hosted by Pennsville Memorial through the Salem County Vocational Technical Schools.
The school operates on a nine period a day schedule. Each class period is 41 minutes long, and the school day officially begins at 7:40 a.m., and students are dismissed at 2:15 p.m. Lunch periods are 41 minutes in duration. Freshmen, sophomores, juniors and seniors must eat inside the cafeteria due to insurance reasons.
Awards, recognition and rankings
The school was the 159th-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 209th in 2010 out of 322 schools listed. The magazine ranked the school 206th in 2008 out of 316 schools. The school was ranked 257th in the magazine's September 2006 issue, which surveyed 316 schools across the state.
Pennsville Memorial High School is a member school in the Tri-County Conference, which is composed of schools whose enrollments vary greatly for grades 9-12 and operates under the auspices of the New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association.
The football team won the South Jersey Group II state sectional titles in both 1974 and 1981.
The baseball team was the first NJSIAA baseball team to have an undefeated season, with a 25-0 season in 1981. The same year they won the Group II State Championship. They would reclaim the Group II State Championship in 1984. In 1988, the team won the Diamond Classic, a 16-team tournament consisting of 7 South Jersey division/conference leaders and 9 at-large bids taken from the Courier-Post Top 20. The team won the 2002 Group I State Championship with a 3-2 win against Whippany Park High School. The team repeated in 2003 as Group I State Champions with a 9-2 win against Henry P. Becton Regional High School. In 2004, the Eagles would again win the South Jersey Group I championship before falling to New Providence High School 3-2 in the State Group I Semi-Final. The Eagles won the 2005 Group I State Championship in similar fashion to their 2002 championship with a 3-2 win over Whippany Park High School. Also in 2005, the team defeated Gloucester Catholic High School 5-4 to win the Diamond Classic. They also received the Courier Cup, given to the top ranked team in the Courier-Post Top 20. The team won the 2006 Group I State Championship with a 9-3 win over Pascack Hills High School. The six-year South Jersey Group I champion streak ended in 2008 when the Eagles fell to the Pitman High School Panthers in the South Jersey Group I sectional semi-final 3-1. In 2014, the Eagles would reclaim the South Jersey Group 1 title with a 12-2 win over the Glassboro High School Bulldogs as well as reclaim the Courier Cup.
In 2007, the girls tennis team won the South Jersey, Group I state sectional championship with a 3½-1½ win over Salem High School in the tournament final. The 2008 girls tennis team repeated as champion in the South, Group I section with a 5-0 win over Arthur P. Schalick High School. The team lost to New Providence High School 3-2 in the semifinals of the Group I state tournament.
In 2001, the girls soccer team won the South Group I state sectional championship with a 4-0 win over Bordentown Regional High School. The girls went on to defeat Spotswood High School by a score of 6-0 in the state semi-final but lost to Glen Ridge High School 3-1 in the Group I state final as the only South Jersey team to reach a title game that year.
In 2002, the girls soccer team repeated as South Group I state sectional champions by defeating Riverside High School 3-2. The team made it back to the state final by defeating Shore Regional High School 2-1 in the state semi-final played at Old Bridge. The girls tied for the Group I state title with a 1-1 draw against Glen Rock High School in the final played at The College of New Jersey, finishing the season with an 18-1-1 record.
The softball team won the 2008 South, Group I sectional title by a score of 10-0 in the final game against Gloucester Township Technical High School. The team won the Group I championship, defeating Florence Township Memorial High School 9-1 in the first round, and taking the title — their first since 2002 — with an 8-2 win over High Tech High School.
The Pennsville Pep Band was under the direction of Mr. John Carpenter and performs at various activities including football games, basketball games, etc. The newly formed pep band has replaced the "Pennsville Marching Band" which was discontinued in 2009.
Past Marching Band Accomplishments:
- 2006 Group 1A All State Championships - "High Percussion, Guard, & Visual"
- 2005 Group 1A All State Championships - "High Guard"
- 2005 Yamaha Cup Championship In Baltimore, MD - 1st Place
- 2004 Group 1A All State Championships - "High Guard"
- 1982-1986 Tournament of Bands - Chapter One Champions
- 1981-1982 EMBA Championships -- Grand Champions
Core members of the school's administration are:
- Matthew McFarland - Principal
- Alicia Busillo - Assistant Principal
- Chris Widger (born 1971), former MLB player for the Seattle Mariners, Montreal Expos, New York Yankees, St. Louis Cardinals, Chicago White Sox and Baltimore Orioles (2006).
- Norm Willey (1927-2011), defensive lineman for the Philadelphia Eagles who returned to the high school after his NFL career to coach the school's football team.
- Data for Pennsville Memorial H, National Center for Education Statistics. Accessed December 10, 2012.
- Staff. "The Top New Jersey High Schools: Alphabetical", New Jersey Monthly, August 16, 2012. Accessed September 5, 2012.
- Staff. "2010 Top High Schools", New Jersey Monthly, August 16, 2010. Accessed September 21, 2011.
- "Top New Jersey High Schools 2008: By Rank", New Jersey Monthly, September 2008, posted August 7, 2008. Accessed August 19, 2008.
- League Memberships – 2012-2013, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed September 27, 2012.
- Goldberg, Jeff. "N.J.S.I.A.A. FOOTBALL PLAYOFF CHAMPIONS", New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed November 25, 2012.
- Staff. "West Deptford is on a torrid pace", The Philadelphia Inquirer, May 1, 2006. Accessed September 21, 2011. "One month into the scholastic baseball season, West Deptford High is 14-0 and there is conjecture that the Eagles will become South Jersey's first team to finish undefeated since Pennsville went 25-0 in 1981."
- Burrows, Walt. "Pennsville celebrates twin titles", Courier-Post, June 9, 2002. Accessed August 2, 2007. "He didn't get the pitch he wanted, but he hit it well enough and far enough for a sacrifice fly to give Pennsville a 3-2 win over Whippany Park and the state Group 1 baseball championship Saturday at Toms River North High School."
- 2002 Baseball - Group I, Semis/Finals, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed August 2, 2007.
- 2003 Baseball Tournament - Group I, Semis/Finals, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed August 1, 2007.
- Burrows, Walt. "Humphreys, Pennsville defend title", Courier-Post, June 11, 2003. Accessed August 1, 2007. "The Pennsville High School junior right-hander pitched a four-hitter Tuesday as the Eagles defeated Becton 9-2 to capture their second straight Group 1 state championship at Toms River North High School."
- Schnatz, Pete. "Pennsville sparkles at Classic", The Philadelphia Inquirer, May 23, 2005. "That run gave Pennsville an improbable 5-4 victory over Gloucester Catholic and the championship of the 32d annual Joe Hartmann Diamond Classic."
- 2006 Baseball - Public Semis/Finals, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed May 26, 2007.
- Carchidi, Sam. "A salute to Pennsville", The Philadelphia Inquirer, May 29, 2008. Accessed September 5, 2012. " This is time to salute the losers, the Pennsville Eagles, for their remarkable six-year run in the NJSIAA baseball playoffs. The Eagles dropped a 3-1 decision to Pitman Tuesday in a South Jersey Group 1 semifinal, thus ending a string of six straight sectional titles - one shy of the area record, set by Cherry Hill West from 1987 to 1993."
- 2007 Girls Team Tennis - South, Group I, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed October 25, 2007.
- 2008 Girls Team Tennis - South, Group I, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed October 23, 2008.
- 2008 Girls Team Tennis - Public Group Semis/Finals, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed October 23, 2008.
- Narducci, Marc. "Lenape was leader of the pack, The Indians unfurled a 17-game winning streak on the way to becoming the year's top team.", The Philadelphia Inquirer, December 5, 2001. Accessed September 5, 2012. "Pennsville was seeded just sixth in the South Jersey Group 1 playoff field, but once the tournament began, the Eagles became world-beaters.... They ended up losing to Glen Ridge, 3-1, in the state Group 1 final but should take consolation in having been the only public-school team from the seven-county South Jersey area to reach a state title game."
- HISTORY OF NJSIAA GIRLS SOCCER, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed September 5, 2012.
- O'Donnell, Eileen. "Eagles settle for share of crown", The Philadelphia Inquirer, November 24, 2002. Accessed September 5, 2012. "Pennsville and Glen Rock each scored a goal yesterday. Each picked a yellow card. And each wound up with a piece of a state girls' soccer championship after they finished in a 1-1 tie.... Pennsville finished 18-1-1, its only loss having come against Bishop Eustace, the state Parochial B champion."
- 2007 Girls Soccer - South, Group I, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed November 15, 2007.
- "Curry helps Pennsville rule in S.J. Group 1", Courier-Post, November 9, 2007. Accessed November 15, 2007. "Dawn Curry scored two goals to reach 34 for the season and Taylor Faunt connected on a shot from 40 yards out in overtime as Pennsville beat Palmyra 4-3 Thursday in the South Jersey Group 1 girls' soccer championship game."
- 2008 Softball Tournament - South, Group I, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed June 28, 2008.
- 2008 Softball Tournament - Public Semis/Finals, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed June 28, 2008.
- Staff. "Curry leads Pennsville past Florence to final", Courier-Post, June 4, 2008. Accessed June 30, 2008.
- Iezzi, Bill. "Pennsville starts strong", The Philadelphia Inquirer, June 8, 2008. Accessed June 30, 2008.
- Home page, Pennsville Memorial High School. Accessed September 21, 2011.
- Carchidi, Sam. "Pride of Pennsville puts it in perspective Chris Widger is back in the majors. His biggest fan - his sister - is missing from the stands.", The Philadelphia Inquirer, July 9, 2002. Accessed September 21, 2011."Catcher Chris Widger, the pride of South Jersey's Pennsville High, dresses now in the uniform of the most famous team in professional sports history - the New York Yankees."
- Pawling, Chris. "Norm Willey passes with great reputation left behind", The Star-Ledger, August 20, 2011. Accessed November 25, 2012. "Willey had the annual Thanksgiving Day trophy — the Norm Willey Boot, which is given to the winner of the Pennsville-Penns Grove football game — named after him.... When Willey ended his career as an Eagle, he went back to his hometown Eagles of Pennsville High School and acted as assistant coach of the football team."
- Pennsville Memorial High School
- Pennsville School District
- PMHS Pep Band
- South Jersey Sports: Pennsville Memorial HS
- Pennsville School District's 2012–13 School Report Card from the New Jersey Department of Education
- Data for the Pennsville School District, National Center for Education Statistics