Thomas McKean High School

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Thomas McKean High School
Established 1966
Type Public
Students 1062 students (as of 2007)
Grades 9-12
Location 301 McKennan's Church Rd.,
Wilmington, Delaware, USA
District Red Clay Consolidated School District
Accreditation Middle States Association’s Commission on Secondary Schools
Mascot Highlander
Newspaper Minstrel
Website http://www.mckeanhs.com

Thomas McKean High School is a comprehensive public high school located on 301 McKennan's Church Road in Wilmington, Delaware. The school opened in December, 1966, and graduated its first class in June 1967.

Traditions[edit]

Having selected Thomas McKean, a signer of the United States Declaration of Independence, as its namesake, the school followed several traditions associated with the Scottish heritage of Thomas McKean. The mascot is a fierce Highlander, wearing a kilt made of the tartan of the Clan MacDonald. Among the dominant colors of the plaid are blue and green, the school's colors. In addition, the names of the school newspaper—Minstrel—and the yearbook—Talisman—reflect the culture of the Scottish Highlands. The Minstrel is headed by Junior Catherine Gillette who is also the Editor of the Minstrel.

Physical Building[edit]

Originally designed as a model school for flexible scheduling, the building has several unique features and has proven adaptable to many situations. The school expanded in 1972, adding ninth grade to the student body and a new wing to the building. Thus, the class of 1976 was the first to spend four years at McKean.[1] The school is currently going under construction for updating labs as well with safety equipment and slowly upgrading the schools internal computer network. Also a new band room and several other new rooms are being constructed currently as well.

Enrollment decline[edit]

According to the Delaware School Profiles, Thomas McKean High School is currently declining in enrollment. Dropping enrollment may be due to a mix of changing area demographics, the Delaware school choice system, and increasing enrollment at charter and magnet schools across the state.

In the year 2001, there were 1,354 students enrolled at Thomas McKean High School. By the year 2007, there were 1,062 students enrolled, a 19% drop.

During the 2013-2014 school year, Thomas McKean High School was listed as having 874 students, a slight increase of 11 over the previous school year.

Sports[edit]

McKean was known to be one of the top public powerhouse men's swimming teams. They consistently finished in the top three for States. Here is a chart of some of the team's accomplishments.[2]

Year Men's Swimming Season Accomplishment
1980
  • Blue Hen Conference Champions
1996
  • Blue Hen Conference Champions
1997
  • State Runner-Up
  • Blue Hen Conference Champions
1998
  • Delaware State Champions
  • Blue Hen Conference Champions
1999
  • State Runner-Up
  • Blue Hen Conference Champions
2000
  • Blue Hen Conference Champions
2001
  • State Runner-Up
  • Blue Hen Conference Champions
2002
  • State Runner-Up
  • Blue Hen Conference Champions
2003
  • State Runner-Up
  • Blue Hen Conference Champions
2004
  • State Runner-Up
  • Blue Hen Conference Champions

Points of Pride[edit]

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Coordinates: 39°45′27″N 75°40′00″W / 39.7574°N 75.6668°W / 39.7574; -75.6668