Upper Dublin High School

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Upper Dublin High School
Upper Dublin High School.jpg
The front of Upper Dublin High School
Address
800 Loch Alsh Avenue
Fort Washington, Pennsylvania, Montgomery County, 19034
United States
Coordinates 40°09′10″N 75°11′56″W / 40.1528°N 75.1990°W / 40.1528; -75.1990
Information
Type Public high school
Opened 1955
School district Upper Dublin School District
Superintendent Michael Pladus
CEEB Code 391415
Principal Robert Schultz
Vice principal Gerald Thompson
Vice principal Christopher Michener
Vice principal Kimberly Callahan
Faculty 128
Grades 9–12
Enrollment 1,121[1] (October 1, 2007)
Color(s)      Cardinal
     Gray
Athletics 14 Boys, 14 Girls
Athletics conference PIAA District 1
Sports baseball, basketball, bowling, cheerleading, cross country, field hockey, American football, golf, lacrosse, soccer, softball, swimming & diving, tennis, track & field, volleyball, wrestling
Mascot Clyde the Cardinal
Team name Cardinals
Rival Wissahickon High School
Yearbook Mundockian
Communities served Upper Dublin Township
Feeder schools Sandy Run Middle School
Director of Guidance vacant
Athletic Director Eric Greiner
Website

Upper Dublin High School is a four-year public high school located in Fort Washington, Pennsylvania, in the United States. It is the sole high school in the Upper Dublin School District.

Upper Dublin High School is recognized as a National Blue Ribbon School of Excellence by the United States Department of Education.[2] In 2007, the school was named the No. 1 high school in Montgomery County by the Philadelphia Inquirer.[2] The school was also ranked No. 8 in Philadelphia Magazine's 100 Best Public and Private Schools.[2]

The high school is accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools and certified by the Pennsylvania Department of Education. The school has a 99%+ graduation rate, and more than 95% of graduates continue on to a two or four-year college.[2] Upper Dublin High School is represented at each service academy and almost all top universities.[citation needed]

High school construction project[edit]

After months of deliberations, the school board decided to move forward and proposed to rebuild the high school. On March 20, 2007, the voters in Upper Dublin were presented with a referendum. They approved, despite the risk of a significant tax increase. Initial estimates of the new construction is $119 million. The construction was to occur in stages on the site of the current building and demolition of the oldest wing began in summer 2008. It was completed in the Summer of 2012 and was formally opened with a ceremony in Fall 2012.

Educational Support Team[edit]

The Educational Support Team (EST) is a team of faculty members offering assistance to students who are having problems in school because of drug and alcohol use or because of depression or thoughts of suicide. The Team identifies, intervenes, and refers those students for help.

Community Study[edit]

Students in the senior class are provided with the opportunity to investigate career opportunities in the final three weeks of the year. Students are required to have a community sponsor, a faculty sponsor, at least a "C" average in each course, meet attendance requirements, and have committee approval in order to participate in the Community Study Program.

Eastern Center for Arts and Technology[edit]

Students at Upper Dublin High School have the option to attend the Eastern Center for Arts and Technology, which is accredited by the Middle State Association of Colleges and Schools. The campus is located in Willow Grove and is owned by nine school districts in Eastern Montgomery County, Pennsylvania. They include Abington, Bryn Athyn, Cheltenham, Hatboro-Horsham, Jenkintown, Upper Moreland Lower Moreland, Springfield, and Upper Dublin.

Programs taken at the Eastern Center are considered part of the high school program and count as elective credit toward graduation. They give students the opportunity to reinforce their career path after high school, get ready for employment, and get a head start in collegiate studies in that field.

Athletics[edit]

Upper Dublin Cardinals
School Upper Dublin High School
Conference AAAA
AAA
Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association District 1
Athletic director Hope Donnell
Location Fort Washington, Pennsylvania
Football stadium Cardinal Stadium
Nickname Flying Cardinals
Lady Cards
Colors
     Cardinal       Gray
Website Upper Dublin High School Athletics

Upper Dublin High School is a AAAA and AAA member of the Suburban One American Conference of District 1 of the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association (PIAA), the state high school athletic governing body. The school has 14 male varsity sports and 13 female varsity sports recognized by PIAA. The school also has a cheerleading squad. There is also an Ice Hockey Team representing Upper Dublin, although they are not directly associated with the school.

  • Baseball – AAAA
  • Basketball – AAAA
  • Bowling – AAAA
  • Cross Country – AAA
  • Field Hockey – AAA
  • Football – AAAA
  • Golf – AAAA
  • Indoor Track & Field – AAAA
  • Lacrosse – AAAA
  • Soccer – AAA
  • Softball – AAAA
  • Swimming and Diving – AAAA
  • Tennis – AAA
  • Track & Field – AAA
  • Volleyball – AAA
  • Wrestling – AAA

Removal of Huckleberry Finn from curriculum[edit]

Upper Dublin High School was the subject of controversy when in July 1996, then superintendent Dr. Clair Brown Jr. announced that Mark Twain's book, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn would be removed from the school's required reading list. Brown removed the book as an administrative action, claiming that parents and students had protested the inclusion of the book in the curriculum because its frequent use of the word "nigger" made "black children uncomfortable."[3]

Notable alumni[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "PIAA – Schools – Directory – Upper Dublin High School". Retrieved December 13, 2008. 
  2. ^ a b c d "Upper Dublin: Points of Pride". Retrieved 2007-10-14. 
  3. ^ Banned in the USA: A Reference Guide. 
  4. ^ Mark Bloom (June 18, 1997). "Runner, heal thyself". New York Times. Retrieved December 24, 2010. 
  5. ^ Marc Narducci (December 23, 2010). "Union sign Upper Dublin High player, 15". Philadelphia Inquirer. Retrieved December 24, 2010.