Collingswood High School
|Collingswood High School|
424 Collings Avenue|
Collingswood, NJ 08108
|Type||Public high school|
|Motto||It's where you want to learn.|
|Asst. principal||Douglas Newman|
|Enrollment||728 (as of 2015-16)|
|Student to teacher ratio||11.4:1|
|Athletics conference||Colonial Conference|
Collingswood High School is a four-year comprehensive public high school that serves students in ninth through twelfth grades from Collingswood in Camden County, New Jersey, United States, operating as the lone secondary school of the Collingswood Public Schools.
As of the 2015-16 school year, the school had an enrollment of 728 students and 63.9 classroom teachers (on an FTE basis), for a student–teacher ratio of 11.4:1. There were 285 students (39.1% of enrollment) eligible for free lunch and 57 (7.8% of students) eligible for reduced-cost lunch.
Students in grades 9-12 from Woodlynne attend Collingswood High School as part of a sending/receiving relationship with the Woodlynne School District. Students in grades 10-12 from Oaklyn attend the high school as part of a sending/receiving relationship with the Oaklyn Public School District.
Awards, recognition and rankings
The school was the 208th-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 262nd in the state of 328 schools in 2012, after being ranked 267th in 2010 out of 322 schools listed. The magazine ranked the school 237th in 2008 out of 316 schools. The school was ranked 235th in the magazine's September 2006 issue, which surveyed 316 schools across the state.
- The Collingswood Panther Marching Band, under the direction of Joe Lerch since 2003, has captured titles for the United States Scholastic Band Association (USSBA) All-States and New Jersey state championships in the years 2004 and 2005, and participated in the National Championships in 2006, 2007, and 2009. They have performed for the Philadelphia Phillies (three times), the Philadelphia Phantoms, and were the honorary band for the Susan G. Komen Walk for the Cure on Mother's Day 2008. Most recently the Collingswood High School Panther Marching Band captured the Tournament of Bands 2010, 2012 and 2013 Southern NJ Chapter One Championships, the 2012 and 2013 Tournament of Bands New Jersey state championship, and the 2013 Tournament of Bands Atlantic Coast Championship.
- Clubs and organizations at Collingswood High School include: Anime Club, Spanish Club, German Club, French Club, Latin Club, BeatMakers Club, Junior Black Student Union, Gender-Sexuality Alliance, Poetry Club, The Paw Print student paper, Mock trial , Interact Club and Boys and Girls State
- The Academic Challenge team has been ranked #1 in South Jersey.
The Collingswood High School Panthers compete as a member school in the Colonial Conference, which is composed of small schools whose enrollments generally do not exceed between 750-800 students for grades 9-12 and operates under the supervision of the New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association (NJSIAA). With 554 students in grades 10-12, the school was classified by the NJSIAA for the 2015-16 school year as South Jersey, Group II for most athletic competition purposes, which included schools with an enrollment of 496 to 778 students in that grade range. The football team competes in the Colonial Division of the 95-team West Jersey Football League superconference and was classified by the NJSIAA as South Jersey Group II for football for 2017-18.
Sports offered at the high school include:
- Fall - soccer, football, cross country
- Winter - basketball, wrestling, bowling, swimming
- Spring - track & field, baseball, tennis, volleyball
- Fall - soccer, tennis, cross country, field hockey, cheerleading, volleyball
- Winter - basketball, swimming, bowling
- Spring - track & field, softball, lacrosse
The girls' lacrosse team won the sport's first overall state championship (defeating Moorestown Friends School in the tournament final), and again in 1977 (vs. Moorestown High School), 1979 (vs. Moorestown Friends) and 1982 (vs. Moorestown); The program's four state championships are tied for third-most in the state.
The field hockey team won the 2000 team won the South, Group II state sectional championship with a 2-1 win against Camden Catholic High School in the tournament final. The 2004 field hockey team won the Group II state championship, defeating West Essex High School in the tournament final.
In 2006 the Collingswood wrestling team won their first South Jersey Group II state sectional championship, defeating Cinnaminson High School by a final score of 43-17. The 2008 team won the Colonial Conference and South Jersey Group I championships.
The 2007-08 girls' basketball team won the Colonial Conference and South Jersey Group II championships, defeating Glassboro High School by a score of 47-42 to earn the team's first sectional title since 1986, when they won the Group II state title over Harrison High School.
Core members of the school's administration are:
- Matthew Genna, Principal
- B. J. Averell (born 1979, class of 1998), co-winner of The Amazing Race 9.
- Jacqueline Crahalla, former Republican member of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives.
- William K. Dickey (1920–2008, class of 1938), speaker of the New Jersey General Assembly and chairman of the Delaware River Port Authority.
- Cathy Engelbert (born 1965, class of 1982), First female CEO of Deloitte.
- Michael Landon (Eugene Orowitz) (1936–1991, class of 1954), actor who had the nation's longest high school javelin throw - 193' 4" - in 1954.
- Edwin Mills (born 1928, class of 1946), economist, professor emeritus at Northwestern University.
- Ray Narleski (1928-2012), professional baseball pitcher who played for the Cleveland Indians and Detroit Tigers.
- Matthew Quick (born 1973, class of 1992), author of The Silver Linings Playbook.
- Richard Sterban (born 1943, class of 1960), bass singer who joined the country and gospel quartet The Oak Ridge Boys.
- Bucky Waters (born 1935), basketball broadcaster with ESPN and Madison Square Garden Network and a retired NCAA basketball head coach.
- Gary Williams (born 1945, class of 1963), former head coach of University of Maryland's men's basketball team.
- School data for Collingswood High School, National Center for Education Statistics. Accessed February 12, 2018.
- Collingswood High School, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed May 25, 2016.
- Home page, Collingswood High School. Accessed February 2, 2013.
- Collingswood High School, South Jersey magazine. Accessed May 28, 2011. "Collingswood High School serves about 850 students in grades nine through twelve from the Collingswood, Oaklyn, and Woodlynne school districts."
- Giordano, Rita. "N.J. puts pressure on schools to share Collingswood, Oaklyn, and Woodlynne are just three districts being pushed to combine services - or more.", The Philadelphia Inquirer, October 11, 2009. Accessed September 3, 2014. "Collingswood, Oaklyn, and Woodlynne, she said, are reasonable candidates for administrative sharing.... Collingswood Superintendent Scott Oswald is established and well-regarded. Oaklyn and Woodlynne students attend Collingswood High School."
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- "Top New Jersey High Schools 2008: By Rank", New Jersey Monthly, September 2008, posted August 7, 2008. Accessed August 19, 2008.
- Student Activities Booklet, Collingswood High School. Accessed August 11, 2017.
- 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.
- 2017 - 2019 Co-Operative Sports Programs, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed February 12, 2018.
- History of the NJSIAA Girls' Lacrosse Championships, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed December 21, 2016.
- Brett, Phil. "Collingswood rallies past Camden Catholic for Group 2 title", Courier-Post, November 10, 2000. Accessed August 19, 2007. "Trailing third-seeded Camden Catholic 1-0 late in the game, the top-seeded Panthers scored two goals in the final 10 minutes to defeat the Irish 2-1 and win the South Jersey Group 2 championship."
- 2000 - South, Group II, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed August 19, 2007.
- 2004 Field Hockey - Semis/Finals, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed July 29, 2007.
- 2006 Team Wrestling - South, Group II, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed April 5, 2007.
- History of the NJSIAA Team Championships, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed December 16, 2016.
- Staff. "Panthers hold off the Bulldogs, South Jersey Group 2 Girls' Basketball Final: Collingswood 47, Glassboro 42", The Philadelphia Inquirer, March 5, 2008. Accessed August 8, 2012. "Gregg scored a team-high 17 points and grabbed 16 rebounds to lead Collingswood to a 47-42 victory over Glassboro, as the Panthers won their first NJSIAA South Jersey Group 2 crown since 1986. Collingswood, 25-4 overall and ranked 10th in South Jersey by The Inquirer..."
- PUBLIC GIRLS PAST STATE CHAMPIONS, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed August 8, 2012.
- 2008 Boys Basketball - South, Group II, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed August 8, 2012.
- Administration, Collingswood High School. Accessed September 25, 2017.
- The Philadelphia Inquirer Newsmakers column: an 'Amazing' win for Collingswood alum, The Philadelphia Inquirer, May 19, 2006. "A true winner? That'd be Collingswood High School. Wednesday night, best buds BJ Averell, 26, and Tyler Macniven, 25, won the cosmic challenge that is CBS's The Amazing Race -- collecting a $1 million prize (well, before taxes)."
- "Jacqueline R. Crahalla (Republican)". Official Pennsylvania House of Representatives Profile. Pennsylvania House of Representatives. Archived from the original on 2006-01-10.
- Hall of Fame Member Bios 2004, Collingswood High School Athletic Hall of Fame. Accessed September 3, 2014. "Dickey suffered an eye injury at 16 which exempted him from active military service, but after graduating from Collingswood High in 1939 he did serve in the U.S. Coast Guard Reserves and also helped the war effort by working the midnight shift at New York Shipyard."
- Downey, Sally A. "WILLIAM K. DICKEY, 1920-2008 Ex-speaker of Assembly, DRPA chair", The Philadelphia Inquirer, November 6, 2008. Accessed September 3, 2014. "The Westmont native graduated from Collingswood High School."
- Hall of Fame Member Bios 1993, Collingswood High School Athletic Hall of Fame. Accessed June 5, 2016. "CATHY ENGELBERT: Cathy is known to be the only Collingswood High athlete to achieve All-South Jersey honors in three sports."
- HIS EARLY DAYS WERE FUN, PALS RECALL SOME REFUTE IMAGE OF A TROUBLED CHILDHOOD, Philadelphia Daily News, July 2, 1991. "In a 1985 interview, Landon claimed he ate lunch alone at Collingswood High School, that he never had a date as a teen-ager because no Christian father in the town would allow his daughter to go out with a Jew."
- Track and Field News, December, 1953
- Mills, Edwin 1928-, International Encyclopedia of the Social Sciences. Accessed October 6, 2013. "Edwin Smith Mills is an emeritus professor of real estate and finance at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois. He was born on June 25, 1928, in Collingswood, New Jersey. After graduating from Collingswood High School in 1946, he served two years in the U.S. Army and was commissioned a second lieutenant in the Corps of Engineers."
- Hall of Fame Member Bios 1993, Collingswood High School Athletic Hall of Fame. Accessed September 3, 2014. "In high school, besides his pitching prowess, he lettered as a reserve quarterback on the championship football team of 1946 and then served as co-captain of the 1947 unit."
- Skoufalos, Matt. " Q&A with Matthew QuickEleven questions with author and Collingswood native Matthew Quick, whose debut novel, "The Silver Linings Playbook," is being released as a movie Nov. 21.", CollingswoodPatch, March 2, 2012. Accessed August 8, 2012. "Quick: I don't feel that way at all about the SJ/Philly area. Collingswood has been incredibly supportive of my career from the beginning. Even when I was a student at Collingswood High School, there were people encouraging me to write, albeit a small number."
- Lloyd, Jack. "Sturdy Oaks And A Country Boy From Phila.", The Philadelphia Inquirer, February 22, 1991. Accessed July 9, 2014. "The remaining member of the Oaks, Richard Sterban, is a native of Camden who graduated from Collingswood High School and attended Trenton State College."
- Vecsey, Peter. "Bad Boys Leader Had Heart of Gold", New York Post, May 10, 2009. Accessed October 2, 2017. "Bucky Waters, who played for McCloskey at Collingswood (N.J.) High School and already was a Blue Devil assistant, recommended Daly."
- Gary Williams profile, accessed March 30, 2007.