Abington Senior High School

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Abington Senior High School
Montgomery County

United States
School districtAbington School District
PrincipalMr. Angelo D. Berrios III
Grades10th through 12th
Enrollment1,748[1] (2016-2017)
Color(s)Maroon, white, and black
MascotGalloping Ghosts
RivalCheltenham High School
Abington Township High School
NRHP reference #85001676
Added to NRHPAugust 2, 1985

Abington Senior High School is a three-year co-educational high school in Abington, Pennsylvania, USA. The school was a two-year high school known as Abington South Campus from September 1964 until June 1983. In September 1983, Abington South Campus again became a three-year high school (grades 10 through 12) and eventually changed its name back to Abington Senior High. The 2014-2015 enrollment was 1,714.[2] The principal is Mr. Angelo Berrios.[3] Abington students are leaders in PSSA scores in the state of Pennsylvania and have won technology-oriented awards from Dell and Microsoft.[4][5] Abington is most notable for its chess team, which has won the state championships the past five years and has competed well at the national level.


The 2013–2014 enrollment is 1,745 pupils with 575 in the senior class.[6] The school has 121.70 teachers.[6] The makeup of the student body is: 65% White; 23.55% Black; 4.5% Hispanic or Latino, 4.87% Asian or Pacific Islander, 0.01% Native American or Native Alaskan.[6] 261 students are Free lunch eligible and 52 are eligible for a reduced-price lunch.[6]

Graduation requirements[edit]

Graduation requirements: A minimum of 210 points (21 units) in grades 9–12 and the following course units: English (4), social studies (4), mathematics (3), science (3), arts and humanities (1), additional electives (4.6), and physical education/health (1.4).

Graduation project[edit]

By law, all Pennsylvania secondary school students must complete a project as a part of their eligibility to graduate from high school. The type of project, its rigor, and its expectations are set by the individual school district.[7]

Advanced placement[edit]

127 candidates took 243 AP Examinations in May 2005.

AP courses offered at the high school include: AP United States History, AP Biology, AP Calculus AB & BC, AP Physics B, AP Physics C: Electricity and Magnetism, AP Physics C: Mechanics, AP French, AP German, AP Spanish Language, AP Statistics, AP Environmental Science, AP Chemistry, AP Computer Science A & AB, AP English, AP Studio Art, AP US Government and Politics, AP Music Theory, AP Macroeconomics, and AP Microeconomics.


Abington squaring off against its rival, Cheltenham in 2018

Abington is a member of the Suburban One League (SOL), National Conference. They are one of the founding members of the SOL, and one of four remaining founding schools.


The school's mascot is the Galloping Ghost, chosen in honor of Red Grange at the time that he visited the school in 1930. Before 1967, the ghost was depicted as a sword-waving, hooded klansman. For that reason, the mascot has been changed to the Ghosts. Since 1967 the ghost has had the likeness of football Hall of Fame legend Red Grange.[8]

School district[edit]

The Abington School District has an enrollment of 7,436 pupils.,[9] which include eight other schools, the Junior High, which serves grades 7 through 9, and seven elementary schools, which are listed in order by distance from the senior high; Copper Beech, Highland, Roslyn, Overlook, Willow Hill, Rydal, & McKinley.

The Abington School District was involved in a legal case relating to prayer in school, Abington School District v. Schempp, which was heard by the Supreme Court of the United States on February 27–28, 1963. The ruling handed down on June 17, 1963, decided 8–1 in favor of the respondent, Edward Schempp, and declared school-sponsored Bible reading in public schools to be an unconstitutional violation of the separation of church and state. The Chief Justice presiding over the case was Earl Warren.

Honors and distinctions[edit]

The school was recognized as a Blue Ribbon High School in 1998–99 school year. Abington was a National Service Learning Leader School in 1998 and 2001.

In 2008–2009, Abington won the "Triple Crown" of awards for public school districts in the United States. In 2008, America's Promise Alliance named Abington one of the "100 Best Communities for Young People" for the third year. Shortly thereafter, Money Magazine/CNN named Abington as one of the "Top 100 Best Places to Live" in America. In its 2009 list of America's Best High Schools, U.S. News & World Report awarded Abington Senior High School a bronze medal.

Future President and then-Senator Barack Obama spoke at Abington Senior High School on October 3, 2008.


Cheltenham and Abington logos next to each other in the Abington gymnasium

The school completed construction of a football stadium in 2006. The stadium is named after Stephen A. Schwarzman, an alumnus of the school.

Renovation project[edit]

A 1965 graduate of Abington Senior High School and one of the most notable alumni of the school, Stephen A. Schwartzman, announced a 25 million-dollar donation to the high school on February 15th, 2018[10], which is the highest donation to a public school in history[11]. The money will be used to construct a new science and technology wing as well as reconstruct parts of the existing main building[11]. In the new wing, students will have access to better science labs as well as laptops and coding classes for every student[10]. Students will also be provided with career counseling[11].

The few conditions under which Schwartzman consented to donate the money for the renovation project were: renaming the school to Abington Schwartzman High School, proudly displaying his portrait in the building, naming parts of the school after his brothers, and holding the right to review construction plans for the school as well as choosing a new school logo[10]. However, there was immediate uproar from the residents of the district regarding the renaming of the school in Schwartzman’s honor and the idea got shut down at the School Board Meeting on April 10th, 2018, under the premise that they refuse to allow big money to influence their community. Instead the original agreement was revised to simply naming the new science and technology center after Stephen A. Schwartzman[10]

See also[edit]

Notable alumni[edit]


  1. ^ Abington Senior High School. Abington School District http://www.abington.k12.pa.us/shs/our-school/about-ashs/. Retrieved 26 December 2017. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  2. ^ School profile, retrieved from http://www.abington.k12.pa.us/shs/site/guidance/ASD-Profile.pdf 16 June 2015
  3. ^ "Abington Senior High School". Abington Senior High School.
  4. ^ http://www.abington.k12.pa.us/super/points.html Abington School District Points of Pride
  5. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on December 7, 2009. Retrieved 2009-11-05. FutureReady Awards Honor Education Visionaries
  6. ^ a b c d "Abington Shs". National Center for Education Statistics. National Center for Education Statistics. Retrieved 23 January 2016.
  7. ^ Pennsylvania Code §4.24 (a) High school graduation requirements
  8. ^ Red Grange#Later life and legacy
  9. ^ "District Organization/Enrollment 2009–2010". Abington School District. Retrieved December 9, 2010.
  10. ^ a b c d "A Public Outcry Against a Wall Street Titan's Name on a High School". Retrieved 2018-11-19.
  11. ^ a b c Adams, Susan. "Steve Schwarzman Makes The Biggest-Ever Donation To A Public High School". Forbes. Retrieved 2018-11-19.
  12. ^ a b c d "Past Award Recipients". ASHS Hall of Fame. Abington School District. Retrieved 26 December 2017.
  13. ^ "John McNamara « Diplopundit". diplopundit.net. Retrieved 2016-04-16.

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Coordinates: 40°06′44″N 75°07′54″W / 40.1122°N 75.1317°W / 40.1122; -75.1317