William Tennent High School

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
William Tennent High School
coat of arms used by WTHS
Warminster, Pennsylvania, United States
Type Public
Established 1955(original building), 1974("A" building, now demolished), 2011 (Mostly new, includes "B" building from the previous school, open to students)
Number of students 2,016 as of 2013
Mascot Panther
Colors Black, White, and Red

William Tennent High School is a public high school serving grades 9 through 12, located in Warminster, Pennsylvania, US.

The school is the only public high school serving Warminster and Upper Southampton townships and Ivyland borough in the Centennial School District, located in Bucks County, Pennsylvania.

William Tennet replaced the Upper Southampton - Warminster High School in 1956 upon which the Upper Southampton - Warminster High School became George C. Shelmire Elementary School.

The school was named in honor of William Tennent, an early American Presbyterian minister and founder of the original Log College, a very early theological school located in the colony of Pennsylvania. The first William Tennent High School was located across the street from the current high school and when both were in use, the buildings were called William Tennent Intermediate High School (grades 9 and 10) and William Tennent Senior High School (grades 11 and 12) (the current school). The site of the original Log College is located near the modern high school[1]

New construction[edit]

During the Fall of 2004, School Board Members retained the services of Burt Hill Kosar Rittelmann Associates to conduct a Feasibility Study and to prepare options concerning William Tennent High School. With respect to this study, the following tasks have been completed:

  • Representatives from Burt Hill visited the District on November 3 and 4, 2004. The following tasks were completed during this visit:
    • Toured the existing facility with Burt Hill staff so they were able to examine the overall function of the building
    • Conducted a preliminary meeting with Warminister Township officials to discuss the District's intentions for the study and to determine applicable building codes; and reviewed the approval process.
    • Interviewed with selected faculty, staff, and student representatives to understand their perspective on the facility.
    • Presented preliminary findings to the Board Operations Committee.
  • Developed three options for consideration.
  • Presented preliminary options to the Board on December 6, 2004. At this meeting, the following options were approved for further consideration:
    • Option 1: This option consists of a minimal renovation to the existing facility. The existing building configuration remains as is, and the renovations to ensure that the students and faculty remain warm, safe, and dry.
    • Option 2: This option consists of major renovations to the existing facility in order to provide an environment more suitable for the educational curriculum. Interior modifications are made in order to provide a more efficient use of space and to create additional classrooms.
    • Option 3: This option consists of demolition of the existing A building. Students would then attend Central Bucks South High School in the Central Bucks School District.

The findings of this study was presented to the School Board in February, 2005.

This study chose Option #3, which consists of demolition of the existing "A" building. It would be cheaper for the district to bus students north.

Option 3 is being followed through on but students will not attend Central Bucks South School District. Instead they are building an academic building behind the current gym building. The New academic building opened for the 2011–2012 school year and is fully functional.

Notable alumni[edit]

Feeder schools[edit]

Middle schools[edit]

Log College Middle School
Eugene Klinger Middle School

Elementary schools[edit]

McDonald Elementary
Willow Dale Elementary
Davis Elementary


  1. ^ "William Tennent & Log College". 275 Years of Warminster. Retrieved 2007-06-11. 
  2. ^ [1]
  3. ^ "Thomas W. Druce (Republican)". Pennsylvania House of Representatives. Archived from the original on 2000-01-15. 
  4. ^ "Front Office biographies (Frank Coonley, President)". Pittsburgh Pirates. 
  5. ^ "William Tennent Alumni (Mike Voegl, Actor)". Centennial SD. 
  6. ^ "William Tennent Alumni (Kermit Cintron, Boxer)". Centennial SD. 

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 40°11′00″N 75°04′12″W / 40.1832°N 75.0699°W / 40.1832; -75.0699