Cherry Hill High School West
|Cherry Hill High School West|
|2101 Chapel Avenue
Cherry Hill, NJ 08002
|Type||Public high school|
|School district||Cherry Hill Public Schools|
|Asst. principals||Chuck Coligan
|Enrollment||1,407 (as of 2015-16)|
|Student to teacher ratio||13.3:1|
|Athletics conference||Olympic Conference|
Cherry Hill High School West (also known as Cherry Hill West or CHW) is a four-year comprehensive public high school, serving students in ninth grade through twelfth grades in Cherry Hill, Camden County, New Jersey, United States, operating as part of the Cherry Hill Public Schools. The other comprehensive high school in the district is Cherry Hill High School East. Established in 1956, Cherry Hill High School West was originally known as Delaware Township High School and then Cherry Hill High School.
As of the 2015-16 school year, the school had an enrollment of 1,407 students and 105.4 classroom teachers (on an FTE basis), for a student–teacher ratio of 13.3:1. There were 310 students (22.0% of enrollment) eligible for free lunch and 105 (7.5% of students) eligible for reduced-cost lunch.
Awards, recognition and rankings
In the 2011 "Ranking America's High Schools" issue by The Washington Post, the school was ranked 68th in New Jersey and 1,990th nationwide. The school was ranked 1534th nationwide, the 54th-highest in New Jersey, in Newsweek magazine's 2010 rankings of America's Best High Schools.
The school was the 161st-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 146th in the state of 328 schools in 2012, after being ranked 57th in 2010 out of 322 schools listed. The magazine ranked the school 96th in 2008 out of 316 schools. The school was ranked 126th in the magazine's September 2006 issue, which surveyed 316 schools across the state. Schooldigger.com ranked the school 144th out of 381 public high schools statewide in its 2011 rankings (a decrease of 36 positions from the 2010 ranking) which were based on the combined percentage of students classified as proficient or above proficient on the mathematics (83.7%) and language arts literacy (94.4%) components of the High School Proficiency Assessment (HSPA).
The Cherry Hill High School West Lions participate in the Liberty Division of 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 (NJSIAA). With 1,082 students in grades 10-12, the school was classified by the NJSIAA for the 2015-16 school year as South Jersey, Group IV for most athletic competition purposes, which included schools with an enrollment of 1,082 to 1,934 students in that grade range. The football team competes in the Constitution Division of the 95-team West Jersey Football League superconference and was classified by the NJSIAA as South Jersey Group IV for football for 2017-18.
Cherry Hill High School West's Athletic Director is Assistant Principal Lou Papa. Athletic advisor, and current volunteer assistant coach Ira Kosloff was the Athletic Director prior to Papa. Before serving as the school's Athletic Director, Kosloff was a successful head coach in Boys' Soccer and Swimming. He has also coached baseball and basketball. In 2006, Kosloff was voted Athletic Director of the Year by the Olympic Conference.
The Lions have played their home games at the township stadium, Jonas C. Morris Stadium, which they have shared with Cherry Hill High School East. Annually, the Cougars face cross town rival Cherry Hill East on Thanksgiving morning, a rivalry described by The Philadelphia Inquirer as "one of the best in South Jersey", in which the winner of the contest receives the Al DiBart Memorial Trophy, also known as "The Boot." The Cherry Hill High School West Lions defeated the Cougars 8-0 in 2014 in the 46th game played in the series between the two teams, which Cherry Hill West leads 31-15.
Many Cherry Hill High School West students play for an independent club ice hockey team affiliated with the South Jersey High School Ice Hockey League; this team is not a school-sponsored athletic group. Every Wednesday night before Thanksgiving, the "Cherry Hill West" Ice Hockey Club plays the "Cherry Hill East" Ice Hockey Club for the Golden Skate Award.
The boys' baseball team won the South Jersey Group IV state sectional championship in 1967 and 1968. The team won the Group IV state championship in 1989 vs. West Milford High School, in 1990 vs. Hoboken Junior Senior High School and in 1992 vs. Elizabeth High School, and won the Group III title in 1991 vs. High Point Regional High School.
The girls' field hockey team won the South I state sectional championship in 1972 and 1973, and was state champion in 1973.
Cherry Hill High School West was the girls' state swimming champions in 2006, taking the title with a 102-68 victory in the tournament final meet over Westfield High School. The boys' swim team won the 2006 South Jersey Public A division title after an error made by the Cherry Hill East swim team in one of the events led the NJSIAA to overturn the initial result and hand the sectional title to Cherry Hill West.
Cherry Hill High School West was the 2007 boys' state swimming champions. The team won the South A state sectional title with a 90-80 win over crosstown rival Cherry Hill High School East. The boys' swim team moved on to win the 2007 Group A state championship with an 89-81 win versus Westfield High School. The girls' swim team won the 2007 South Jersey Public A division title over Cherry Hill East by a score of 98-72.
The boys' bowling team won the overall state championship in 1964. Cherry Hill West had one of the best bowling teams in South Jersey going 72-3-1 in the 2006-07 season, led by Coach Irv Wolf.
The 2007 boys' cross country team was conference champions for the first time in 33 years with a 6-0 record in dual-meets. Led by longtime coach Nick Mitidieri, the team also won the 2007 Disney Cross Country Classic and placed 2nd in the South Jersey Group IV Sectional meet.
Cherry Hill West's mock trial team won the state mock trial championship in 1986, becoming the winners of the competition to come from Camden County. Also, in 2016, the West mock trial team won the South Jersey championship.
The West choral program consists of audition choirs (Chansons, Concert Choir and West Singers), a beginner choir (Vocal Workshop) and three extracurricular choirs (Chamber Singers, Fermata and Men of Note). The Symphonic Choir had the honor of performing with the Haddonfield Symphony under the direction of maestro Alan Gilbert in 1994. The two groups performed Leonard Bernstein's Chichester Psalms. The vocal group West Singers has been invited to sing at many ACDA National Conventions and often have the highest number of students get into All State, All Eastern and All National Chorus. They were invited to sing at the Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles. West music program made a trip to Boston, Massachusetts on April 12–15, 2007 with all choirs receiving Superior ratings. Other recognitions include Best of High School a cappella 2006, 2007, and 2008 (Champions- Men of Note '06,'07,'08 Finals- Fermata '05) and many tracks on the Best of High School a cappella CDs. The most popular performance of the year was Broadway Night, a show dedicated to well-known musicals, television theme songs and famous commercials.
Famous graduates of the West Vocal Program include Aaron Lazar, who has gone on to star in the Broadway hit, Light in the Piazza and performed the role of Enjolras in the Broadway revival of Les Misérables.
- Men of Note
- Made up of 11 men
- The only group to win ICHSA three times in a row (2006, 2007, 2008)
- Member Kurt Knecht (2006 - 2008) is a Semi-Finalist in the reality show for the cast of "High School Musical 4"
- Accomplishments (2006)
- 2006 ICHSA International Champions - Best of High School A Cappella - Men of Note
- Best of High School A Cappella 2006 CD - West Singers
- 14 Superior Ratings - All Choirs
- 3 Perfect Scores - West Singers
- Exemplary Rating in Sight Singing - Chamber Singers
- Overall Best Choir Award - Music In the Parks - West Singers
- 2006 Cruise Festival Overall Grand Championship Award for Mixed Choir Class AAA - Combined Choirs (60 Cruise Festivals)
- 2006 Cruise Festival Overall Grand Championship Award for Madrigal Choir - Chamber Singers (60 Cruise Festivals)
- Top Number in 2005 All State Chorus (19)
- Top Number in 2006 American Choral Directors Assoc. All Eastern Chorus (12)
- Accomplishments (2007)
- Festivals of Music - Boston 2007 Results
- West Symphonic Choir - Superior, 1st place in Class A Mixed Chorus
- Fermata - Superior, 1st place in Women's Chorus
- Men of Note - Superior, 1st place in Men's Chorus
- Chamber Singers - Superior, 1st place in Madrigal Choir (293/300 points)
- West Singers - Superior, 1st place in Class AA Mixed Chorus (295/300 points)
With 23 choirs competing from 8 different high schools, the Cherry Hill West Choirs were the only choirs to receive superior ratings from the three judges.
Chamber Singers won the "Best Overall Choir" for all the 13 non-mixed choirs competing and West Singers won the "Best Overall Choir" for all the 10 Mixed Choirs competing.
- 2008 ICHSA International Champions - Best of High School A Cappella - Men of Note
The West instrumental program is composed of Wind Ensemble, Symphonic Band, Orchestra, and Jazz Band. They are all directed by Mr. Jim Mark.
- Festivals of Music - Boston 2007 Results
- West Combined Bands - 3rd Place Excellent Rating
- West Jazz Ensemble - 2nd Place Excellent Rating
- West String Ensemble - 1st Place Excellent Rating
- Best Overall High School Orchestra
- Other accomplishments
In spring 2005 in Virginia Beach, the group captured 1st Place at a North American Music Festivals competition and received a Superior Rating.
In 2006, Jazz Band placed 2nd at a Music In The Parks festival at Dorney Park & Wildwater Kingdom.
Cherry Hill West has also produced many musicals over the years including Mary Poppins (2015), In the Heights (2014), Grease (2013), The Wedding Singer (2012), Hairspray (2011), The Wizard of Oz (2010), Bye Bye Birdie (1983, 1997, 2009), Oliver! (2008), Cabaret (2007), Footloose (2006), Hello, Dolly! (1981,2005), West Side Story (1984,2004), The Music Man (2003), The Wiz (2002), Annie (2001), Guys and Dolls (2000), Fiddler on the Roof (1999), Anything Goes (1998), and Oklahoma! (1996)
Core members of the school's administration include:
- Kwame Morton - Principal
- Chuck Coligan - Assistant Principal
- Kwame Morton - Assistant Principal
- Louis Papa - Assistant Principal
- Augie Ramos - Assistant Principal
- Allison Staffin - Assistant Principal
- Sherry Coben, creator of the 1980s situation comedy Kate & Allie.
- Eric Dezenhall, (born 1962, class of 1980), author of novels including, Money Wanders and Shakedown Beach.
- Andrea Dworkin (1946–2005), feminist author.
- Siggy Flicker (born 1967), television personality and matchmaker who has appeared on The Real Housewives of New Jersey.
- Rick Folbaum (born 1969, class of 1987), anchor, Fox News Channel.
- Lauren Hart (born 1967), professional singer.
- Billy Hunter (born 1942), former wide receiver in the NFL for the Washington Redskins and Miami Dolphins, and current executive director of the National Basketball Association players' union.
- Adam Jasinski (born 1978), winner, Big Brother 9.
- Ali Larter (born 1976), actress who has appeared in Heroes and on film in Legally Blonde.
- Aaron Lazar (born 1980), Broadway actor who has appeared on the stage in A Tale of Two Cities and Les Misérables.
- Scott Safran (1967–1989), holder of the world record for the highest score in the game Asteroids, the longest-standing arcade game record.
- Dave Girgenti (born 1971), ABC Person of the Week., Rowan University 2009 Commencement Speaker.
- Harrison Hand (class of 2017), Cornerback for The University of Baylor 
- School data for Cherry Hill High School West, National Center for Education Statistics. Accessed February 12, 2018.
- Cherry Hill High School West, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed January 21, 2016.
- A Brief History, Cherry Hill High School West. Accessed January 21, 2016. "In September of 1956, across from the peach orchards on Chapel Avenue, a new school opened its doors to seventh, eighth and ninth graders. Its students were drawn from across Delaware Township. The founding of Delaware Township High School marked the emergence of the township as a burgeoning South Jersey community."
- Cherry Hill High School West, International Baccalaureate Organization. Accessed August 14, 2008.
- Mathews, Jay. "The High School Challenge 2011: Cherry Hill High School West", The Washington Post. Accessed September 11, 2011.
- Staff. "America's Best High Schools: The List", Newsweek, June 13, 2010. Accessed March 28, 2011.
- Staff. "Top Schools Alphabetical List 2014", New Jersey Monthly, September 2, 2014. Accessed September 5, 2014.
- Staff. "The Top New Jersey High Schools: Alphabetical", New Jersey Monthly, August 16, 2012. Accessed August 29, 2012.
- Staff. "2010 Top High Schools", New Jersey Monthly, August 16, 2010. Accessed March 28, 2011.
- "Top New Jersey High Schools 2008: By Rank", New Jersey Monthly, September 2008, posted August 7, 2008. Accessed August 19, 2008.
- New Jersey High School Rankings: 11th Grade HSPA Language Arts Literacy & HSPA Math 2010-2011, Schooldigger.com. Accessed March 5, 2012.
- League Memberships – 2016-2017, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed January 10, 2017.
- General Public School Classifications 2015-2016, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association, as of December 15, 2015. Accessed December 12, 2016.
- Divisions, West Jersey Football League. Accessed September 25, 2017.
- NJSIAA Football Public School Classifications 2017-2018, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association, finalized August 2, 2017. Accessed September 25, 2017.
- Anastasia, Phil. "Phil Anastasia: The Boot belongs to Cherry Hill West's seniors", The Philadelphia Inquirer, November 26, 2010. Accessed December 3, 2014. "Cherry Hill West beat Cherry Hill East for the fourth consecutive year in the annual battle for the Al DiBart Memorial Trophy – also known as 'The Boot' – in the snow and rain on Thanksgiving Day.... The rivalry is one of the best in South Jersey. These schools are connected – both their bands combine to play the national anthem, and both schools introduced their homecoming courts at halftime.
- Hughes, Connor. "Cherry Hill West (8) at Cherry Hill East (0) - Football", The Star-Ledger, November 26, 2014. Accessed December 3, 2014. "Tyrone Williams scored on a 1-yard run in the fourth quarter to give Cherry Hill West an 8-0 victory over Cherry Hill East on Wednesday evening at Jonas Morris Stadium in Cherry Hill. The game was the 46th between the neighborhood rivals in the Thanksgiving series, which stands 31-15 in favor of Cherry West."
- History of the NJSIAA Baseball Championships, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed January 21, 2016.
- History of the NJSIAA Field Hockey Championships, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed August 10, 2017.
- Watson, Andre. "One rises above: Cherry Hill West girls are the best in Public A", Courier-Post, February 27, 2006. Accessed July 9, 2011. "But after Sunday's Public A state final between Cherry Hill West and Westfield, Sweeten made sure to be prepared for anything. Allison Rolish won the 200 individual medley and the 100 backstroke, and Amanda Waldner added wins in the 100 and 200 frees, as Cherry Hill West dominated from start to finish en route to a 102-68 win."
- Chodan, Melissa. "Girls' swimming: Gallant Westfield falls short in state final", Courier News, February 27, 2006. Accessed July 9, 2011. "PUBLIC A CHAMPIONSHIP. CHERRY HILL WEST 102. WESTFIELD 68."
- Anastasia, Phil. "C.W. West awarded swimming title following review", Courier-Post, February 22, 2006. Accessed July 9, 2011. "The Cherry Hill West High School boys' swim team was awarded the South Jersey Public A championship Tuesday morning, a little more than 12 hours after the Lions thought they had suffered a devastating defeat to cross-town rival Cherry Hill East. The Lions were awarded the victory when Cherry Hill East acknowledged an error in its entry cards for the 50 freestyle in Monday night's sectional championship meet at Rowan University, according to NJSIAA associate director Carol Parsons."
- 2007 Boys' Team Swimming - South - A, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed July 22, 2007.
- 2007 Boys' Team Swimming - Group Semis/Finals, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed July 24, 2007.
- Staff. "C.H.West tops East for South crown", The Philadelphia Inquirer, February 1, 2007. Accessed July 9, 2011. "Cherry Hill West outswam cross-township rival Cherry Hill East, 98-72, as the Lions successfully defended their NJSIAA South Public A girls' swimming championship yesterday at Rowan University."
- History of NJSIAA Boys Bowling Championships, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed January 6, 2017.
- Quinn, Laura. "Hear Ye! Hear Ye! Cherry Hill West Is Judged The Best In Mock Trial Competition", The Philadelphia Inquirer, May 7, 1986. Accessed September 11, 2011. "A senior at Cherry Hill High School West, Wu, 17, prosecuted the homicide case of the United States vs. Snodgrass in the High School Mock Trial Competition in Trenton.... He and his teammates from Cherry Hill West captured the state title this year, the school's first in the competition.... West's mock trial team, composed of 13 students, is the first Camden County team to win the state competition since it began four years ago. This year, the competition included 200 high schools and more than 2,100 students, said Jay A. Strassberg of the Camden County Bar Association."
- Tournament of Bands - Chapter One History, Tournament of Bands. Accessed July 5, 2007.
- Staff Directory, Cherry Hill High School West. Accessed May 22, 2016.
- Hanna, Maddie. "Principal named for next year at Cherry Hill West", The Philadelphia Inquirer, May 18, 2013. Accessed September 28, 2013. "Greeted with hugs and high-fives when he steps into the hallways, Morton likely won't be the object of as many displays of youthful affection next year, when he will oversee teenagers as the principal at Cherry Hill High School West."
- Bianculli, david. "'KATE/ALLIE' IS RENEWED, CREATOR TOLD", The Philadelphia Inquirer, April 28, 1984. Accessed December 1, 2007. "Although CBS won't announce its fall lineup until late next week, "Kate & Allie" creator Sherry Coben learned yesterday her New York-based sitcom has been picked up for 13 additional episodes. 'I'm thrilled,' said Coben, a Cherry Hill West High School graduate. 'I hope we can keep the quality up. I don't want anybody to be disappointed.'"
- Staff. "South Jersey stars as a backdrop in novel by Cherry Hill West graduate", Courier-Post, November 12, 2002. Accessed March 28, 2011. "'It still smells the same', Eric Dezenhall said Monday, sitting once again in a Cherry Hill West classroom."
- Staff. "An End to Porn is Her Battle Cry", The Philadelphia Inquirer, April 17, 1985. Accessed March 28, 2011. "... Andrea Dworkin, Camden native and Cherry Hill high school alumnus, is leading an iconoclastic crusade that has split feminists and alarmed civil libertarians..."
- Flowers, Matt. "New Real Housewives star has SJ ties", Courier-Post, June 13, 2016. Accessed November 12, 2016. "Flicker, a graduate of Cherry Hill West, is a relationship expert, professional matchmaker and author."
- Staff. "He's got it all on tape", Courier-Post, October 22, 2003. Accessed March 5, 2012. "While several of Hamson's proteges have gone on to successful broadcasting careers, the one viewers will recognize best is Rick Folbaum. The 1987 CHHSW graduate is now an anchor for Fox News Channel."
- Staff. "Gene Hart's daughter diagnosed with cancer", Courier-Post, January 13, 2000. Accessed March 5, 2012. "Hart, a 34-year-old graduate of Cherry Hill High School West, has been singing the national anthem at Flyers' home games for the past 2-1/2 seasons..."
- Staff. "No Easy Answers as lockout Looms", Philadelphia Daily News, May 7, 1998. Accessed March 28, 2011. "Hunter who grew up in Cherry Hill and attended Delaware Township High, now Cherry Hill West, played for the Delaware Township team that lost to Morrisville in the 1955 Little League World Series."
- Billy Hunter player profile Archived 2007-09-30 at the Wayback Machine., database Football. Accessed July 27, 2007.
- Darrow, Chuck. "Cherry Hill native wins 'Big Brother'", Courier-Post, April 29, 2008. Accessed March 28, 2011. "Jasinski, a graduate of Cherry Hill High School West and Camden County College, works in public relations."
- Staff. "Two locals are happy to be 'Heroes'", Philadelphia Daily News, September 27, 2006. Accessed March 28, 2011. "The other, Cherry Hill West's Ali Larter, who plays stripper - and single mom - Niki Sanders, still thinks flying sounds like fun."
- Staff. "That's their boy on Broadway, Three buses full of Cherry Hill native Aaron Lazar's friends and family, many wearing T-shirts bearing his likeness, headed up to Broadway for his star turn in Phantom of the Opera.", The Philadelphia Inquirer, May 14, 2002. Accessed March 28, 2011. "From the day Aaron Lazar stepped on the stage in high school, people predicted Broadway in his future. All through his leading roles, as Tony in West Side Story and Harold Hill in The Music Man at Cherry Hill High School West, his parents kept hearing their son was meant for the stage."
- Staff. "After 20 years, master gamester finally honored", The Philadelphia Inquirer, April 28, 2002. Accessed March 28, 2011. "Upon graduating from Cherry Hill High School West, Safran moved to California to attend Pierce Community College."
- News, A. B. C. (2009-03-13). "Pay It Forward: Granting Wishes to Strangers". ABC News. Retrieved 2017-11-28.
- "Rowan University Commencement".