Cherokee High School (New Jersey)
|Cherokee High School|
120 Tomlinson Mill Road
|Type||Public high school|
|School district||Lenape Regional High School District|
|Superintendent||Dr. Carol Birnbohm|
|NCES School ID||3408490|
|Principal||Donna Charlesworth |
|Enrollment||2,221 (as of 2016-17)|
|Student to teacher ratio||12.3:1|
|Color(s)|| Brown and|
|Accreditation||Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools|
|Newspaper||The Cherokee Scout|
|Television||Chief TV, LDTV|
Cherokee High School is a four-year comprehensive public high school, serving students in ninth through twelfth grades as one of four high schools of the Lenape Regional High School District in Burlington County, New Jersey, United States. The communities in the district are Evesham Township, Medford Lakes, Medford Township, Mount Laurel Township, Shamong Township, Southampton Township, Tabernacle Township and Woodland Township. Cherokee serves students from Evesham Township. The school has been accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools Commissions on Elementary and Secondary Schools since 1978.
The school was known as simply Cherokee High School until the addition of the "South" building in 2001, at which time the original building was renamed as "Cherokee High School North."
In 2018, with the retirement of the South principal, Leonard Iannelli, Cherokee eliminated the position, effectively merging the North and South building into one school.
As of the 2016-17 school year, the school had an enrollment of 2,221 students and 180.0 classroom teachers (on an FTE basis), for a student–teacher ratio of 12.3:1. There were 214 students (9.6% of enrollment) eligible for free lunch and 67 (3.0% of students) eligible for reduced-cost lunch.
Awards, recognition and rankings
The school was the 80th-ranked public high school in New Jersey out of 339 schools statewide in New Jersey Monthly magazine's September 2014 cover story on the state's "Top Public High Schools", using a new ranking methodology. The school had been ranked 157th in the state of 328 schools in 2012, after being ranked 134th in 2010 out of 322 schools listed. The magazine ranked the school 152nd in 2008 out of 316 schools. The school was ranked 131st in the magazine's September 2006 issue, which surveyed 316 schools across the state. Schooldigger.com ranked the school tied for 86th out of 381 public high schools statewide in its 2011 rankings (an increase of 30 positions from the 2010 ranking) which were based on the combined percentage of students classified as proficient or above proficient on the mathematics (87.9%) and language arts literacy (97.0%) components of the High School Proficiency Assessment (HSPA).
The Cherokee High School Chiefs participate in the Olympic Conference, which consists of public and private high schools located in Burlington County and Camden County, and operates under the supervision of the New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. With 1,616 students in grades 10-12, the school was classified by the NJSIAA for the 2019-20 school year as Group IV for most athletic competition purposes, which included schools with an enrollment of 1,050 to 5,049 students in that grade range. The football team competes in the American Division of the 95-team West Jersey Football League superconference and was classified by the NJSIAA as South Jersey Group V for football for 2018-20.
- Basketball championships
- Sectional champions: South Jersey Group IV - 2007, defeating Winslow Township High School 54-43. and 2010, defeating Shawnee High School 56-43.
- Group IV champions: 2010, defeating Plainfield High School 52-38 for the program's first state title.
- Girls field hockey championships
- State sectional titles: South Jersey Group IV - 1997
- Football championships
- State champions: South Jersey Group III - 1981, 1982; South Jersey Group IV - 1985, 1990, 1993, 2005, 2009. (14-0 win vs. Egg Harbor Township), 2010 (33-6 win over Oakcrest); South Jersey Group V - 2013, 2014
- Undefeated Seasons: 1981, 1982, 1985 (11-0), 2010 (12-0)
- Boys soccer
- New Jersey Group IV state champion 2000 (defeating Clifton High School in the tournament final), 2010 (vs. Hunterdon Central Regional High School) and 2011 (vs. Bridgewater-Raritan High School
- 1985 New Jersey Group IV champions (23-2), South Jersey Group IV Champions, ranked 15th in nation by USA Today
- 2005 South Jersey Group IV Champions, 2015 SJ Group IV Runner up. (13-1 win vs. Washington Township High School)
- 2009 Diamond Classic Tournament Champions
- Softball championships
- State champion: Group III - 1980 (defeating Hanover Park High School in the tournament final), 1983 (vs. Ramsey High School); Group IV - 1984 (vs. Union High School), 1988 (vs. Westfield High School), 1994 (vs. West Milford High School), 1996 (vs. Montclair High School), 2001 (vs. Belleville High School) and 2003 (vs. West Milford). The school's eight softball group championships are the most of any public school in the state.
- Undefeated seasons: 2003
- Cross country
- Meet of Champions: 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000 (ranked 3rd in NE, 8th in nation), 2007
- Group IV State Champions: 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2007
- South Jersey Group IV Sectional Champions: 1988, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2007, 2011, 2016
- Girls lacrosse
- New Jersey Group IV state champions: 2008
- Jay Black (born 1976, class of 1994), stand-up comic and screenwriter.
- Randy Brown (born 1967), politician who is the current Mayor of Evesham Township and had served as a kicking coach for the Chicago Bears and the Philadelphia Eagles.
- Mike Devlin (born 1969, class of 1988), NFL football player/coach now with the Houston Texans as the offensive line coach.
- Doug Easlick (born 1980), NFL fullback who played for the Miami Dolphins and Cincinnati Bengals.
- Ron Gallo, rock musician, singer, songwriter and artist.
- Christina Grimmie (1994–2016), YouTube celebrity & season 6 contestant on Team Adam on The Voice.
- Brian Herzlinger (born 1976, class of 1994), filmmaker, My Date with Drew.
- Pam Jenoff (born 1971, class of 1989), author of Quill award-nominated The Kommandant's Girl.
- Dana Kelly, reality TV star, A Double Shot at Love.
- Tom Knight (born 1974, class of 1992), NFL football player Arizona Cardinals, New England Patriots, St. Louis Rams, Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
- Brit Morgan (born 1987, class of 2005), actress who has portrayed Debbie Pelt in the HBO series True Blood.
- Dennis Norman (born 1980), former NFL football player with the San Diego Chargers.
- Ray Rizzo (born 1992), pro-gamer, three-time Pokémon Video Game World Champion and first American to win the Pokémon Video Game World Championship.
- Richard Ruccolo (born 1972), actor, Two Guys, a Girl, and a Pizza Place.
- Michael Schoeffling (born 1960), actor / model who appeared in the 1984 film Sixteen Candles.
- Nicole Wood (born 1970, class of 1988), Miss April 1993 Playboy Playmate.
Other high schools in the district
- Lenape High School – located in Medford Township, with 1,776 students from Mount Laurel Township
- Seneca High School – located in Tabernacle Township, with 1,191 students from Shamong, Southampton Tabernacle and Woodland Townships
- Shawnee High School – located in Medford Township, with 1,570 students from Medford Lakes and Medford Township
- Profile, Lenape Regional High School District. Accessed April 16, 2016. "By September 1975, a third high school, Cherokee, had been built on a 71 – acre tract at Tomlinson Mill and Willow Bend roads in Evesham Township."
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- Sending Schools, Lenape Region High School District. Accessed December 8, 2016.
- Lenape Regional High School District 2016 Report Card Narrative, New Jersey Department of Education. Accessed December 2, 2017. "The Lenape Regional High School District (LRHSD) serves the eight municipalities of Evesham, Medford, Mount Laurel, Shamong, Southampton, Tabernacle and Woodland Townships and Medford Lakes Borough."
- Cherokee High School 2016 Report Card Narrative, New Jersey School Report Card. Accessed December 2, 2017. "ATTENDANCE AREA: Evesham Township - From its first days through the present, Cherokee High School has been strengthened by serving a single community: the township of Evesham. Cherokee High School opened on a 71-acre site in the township in September, 1975."
- Profile and History, Lenape Regional High School District. Accessed August 4, 2019. "The Lenape District's four high schools are: Lenape, Shawnee, Cherokee North and South and Seneca. Students from Mount Laurel attend Lenape; students from Medford, Medford Lakes attend Shawnee; students from Evesham (Marlton) attend Cherokee North and South and students from Tabernacle, Shamong, Southampton and Woodland attend Seneca."
- Hatoff, Mark. "One of Two Principal Positions To Be Eliminated at Cherokee High". Pine Barrens Tribune. Retrieved 2 December 2018.
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- Staff. "Boys Basketball - 2009-10 NJSIAA Tournament - South, Group 4 - Round 4 - Game 1 - Boys Basketball", The Star-Ledger, March 9, 2010. Accessed July 25, 2011. "Willis Nicholson scored 18 points to pace Cherokee to a 56-43 victory over Shawnee Last night in the NJSIAA/ShopRite South Jersey, Group 4 final in Marlton."
- Rosenfeld, Josh. "Boys Basketball - 2009-10 NJSIAA Tournament - Public Semis/Finals - Round 2 - Game 1 - Boys Basketball, The Star-Ledger, March 14, 2010. Accessed July 25, 2011. "The only thing that mattered was that Cherokee captured its first state title in its first appearance in a title game with a 52-38 victory over Plainfield, No. 7 in The Star-Ledger Top 20, in the NJSIAA/ShopRite Group 4 championship game at the Rutgers Athletic Center in Piscataway."
- NJSIAA Boys Basketball Championship History, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed July 24, 2019.
- NJSIAA History of Field Hockey Championships, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed August 4, 2019.
- "Cherokee Football: History of Excellence". Archived from the original on September 28, 2011. Retrieved January 2, 2007.
- Staff. "Cherokee defeats Egg Harbor Twp., 14-0", The Philadelphia Inquirer, December 6, 2009. Accessed July 25, 2011. "All were in force yesterday, with an emphasis on the defensive part, as Cherokee defeated visiting Egg Harbor Township, 14-0, in the South Jersey Group 4 championship game."
- Anastasia, Phil. "Cherokee takes South Jersey Group 4 title with 33-6 win over Oakcrest", The Philadelphia Inquirer, December 5, 2010. Accessed July 25, 2011. "Cherokee completed the first 12-0 season in the rich history of the program with a 33-6 victory over Oakcrest on Saturday in the South Jersey Group 4 championship game.... The sectional title was the eighth for the Chiefs, the second in a row, and the third since 2005. But this team made its own mark with the first 12-0 record in school history as well as the first undefeated season since the 1985 squad went 11-0 and won the program's first Group 4 crown."
- NJSIAA Football History NJSIAA Football Playoff Champions, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed November 19, 2015.
- NJSIAA History of Boys Soccer, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed July 24, 2019.
- Morris, Tim. "Patriots' run in tournament ends in Group IV semifinals", News Transcript, November 24, 2010. Accessed December 8, 2016. "Cherokee High School of Marlton, the South Jersey Group IV state sectional champion, ended Freehold Township's great post-season run with a 1-0 victory over the Patriots, who were the champions in Central Jersey Group IV. "
- Staff. "Cherokee High School boys soccer team honored at Evesham Township Council meeting", The Central Record, December 8, 2011. Accessed February 7, 2015. "The Cherokee High School boys varsity soccer team was honored at a recent Evesham Township Council meeting for winning its second straight Group IV state championship."
- NJSIAA Baseball Championship History, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed August 4, 2019.
- Staff. "Cherokee cruises to crown, An 8-run fifth inning led the Chiefs to a win over Washington Township. It was their third title.", The Philadelphia Inquirer, June 5, 2005. Accessed June 4, 2012. "With the help of eight unearned runs in the fifth inning, sixth-seeded Cherokee defeated fourth-seeded host Washington Township yesterday, 13-1, in the South Jersey Group 4 championship."
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- NJSIAA Boys Cross Country State Group Champions, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed July 24, 2019.
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- Kolumbic, Dubravka. "Once a teacher, now a comedian, Marlton's Jay Black still knows how to work a room", The Central Record, February 12, 2012. Accessed November 18, 2014. "In a way, for Black, the show at Shawnee is like coming full circle. He recalls pacing the stage at Cherokee High School while he was a student there and pretending he was doing a comedy show."
- Johnson, Brent. "NFL coach/mayor says he won't run for N.J. governor", NJ Advance Media for NJ.com, January 12, 2017. Accessed December 2, 2017. "In addition to owning his family's title insurance company, Brown -- a former all-state place kicker at the township's Cherokee High School -- has been a kicking consultant for the Ravens since 2008. He helped the team win Super Bowl XLVII in 2012."
- "Mike Devlin: coach profile". New York Jets. Archived from the original on November 17, 2006. Retrieved March 25, 2007.
Devlin earned All-America honors as a high school player at Cherokee High School in Marlton, New Jersey before matriculating to the University of Iowa.
- Orr, Conor. "Jets dismiss Dave DeGuglielmo, announce current coaching staff", The Star-Ledger, February 5, 2013. Accessed September 8, 2014. "Tight ends coach Mike Devlin, a Cherokee High School grad, will bump over and fill DeGuglielmo's spot. "
- Cimini, Rich (January 9, 2015). "Jets offensive line coach Mike Devlin leaves for Texans". ESPN New York. Archived from the original on January 9, 2015. Retrieved March 21, 2017.
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- Hyman, Vicki. "'The Voice' 2014: Marlton's Christina Grimmie breaks out — before season six debuts", The Star-Ledger, February 20, 2014. Accessed September 8, 2014. "She attended Cherokee High School but left in 2010 to be home-schooled, and in 2011, after independently releasing an EP, she moved to Los Angeles."
- Strauss, Robert. "Worth Noting; This Could Be His Date With Destiny", The New York Times, August 7, 2005. Accessed August 4, 2019. "'I was the Prom King, but I couldn't get a date,' said Mr. Herzlinger, a 1994 Cherokee High School graduate who went on, with his childhood buddies Mr. Gunn and Mr. Winn, to Ithaca College film school."
- "Interview with Pam Jenoff", Goodreads, October 2009. Accessed March 20, 2017. "SS: Where did you go to high school and/or college? PJ: Cherokee High School, Marlton, NJ"
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- Narducci, Marc. "Cherokee's Tom Knight Could Be A First-round Pick. A Strong Combine Pushes His Stock Up On Nfl Charts", The Philadelphia Inquirer, April 18, 1997. Accessed September 18, 2014. "Knight, a 1992 graduate of Cherokee High, tested off the charts during the three-day NFL combine, held in February in Indianapolis."
- Staff. "Tina stays mum on Sarah", Philadelphia Daily News, September 9, 2008. Accessed August 9, 2012. "Marlton native actress Brit Morgan was recently in the area visiting family. Morgan was known as Brittany Dengler while attending Cherokee High School, where she graduated in 2005."
- Proko, Peter (2010). "New Blood". South Jersey Magazine. 7 (2): 52–57.
- Fisher, Rich. "Back In No Time, Norman Tackles Rigors Of Football The Princeton Offensive Lineman Didn't Take Long To Learn The Game - Or Recover From A Broken Leg.", The Philadelphia Inquirer, September 16, 1999. Accessed September 8, 2014. "In a way, the workload was a blessing for the Cherokee graduate, who had no time to feel sorry for himself."
- Riordan, Kevin. "Player from New Jersey retains World Pokemon title", The Philadelphia Inquirer, September 15, 2011. Accessed March 2, 2013. "Ray Rizzo, a skinny, soft-spoken math whiz from Marlton, is the best Pokémon player on the planet. Again.... 'It definitely felt good to win again,' adds the 19-year-old Cherokee Regional High grad."
- Pokémon VGC 2011 World Championship, Nintendo/Creatures Inc./GAME FREAK inc.. Accessed October 8, 2011.
- Richard Ruccolo, South African TV Authority. Accessed October 14, 2007. "Upon finishing school at Cherokee High School, he headed straight for Los Angeles, where he slept on a friends couch until he found work acting."
- Staff. "Questions & Answers, The Providence Journal, June 15, 1986. Accessed February 10, 2011. "Schoeffling who was born in Chestnut Hill, Pa., attended nine different schools before graduating from Cherokee High School Marlton N.J. where he was an outstanding wrestler."
- Staff. "Trump signs on to NBC reality show", The Philadelphia Inquirer, April 13, 2003. Accessed June 4, 2012. "Marlton native Nicole Wood (Cherokee High 1988) marked her 10th anniversary as a Playboy Playmate with a Friday shindig at the Old City club 32°."
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- Online Alumni Community