Collingswood High School
|Collingswood High School|
424 Collings Avenue
|Type||Public high school|
|Motto||It's where you want to learn.|
|NCES School ID||3403420|
|Enrollment||747 (as of 2018–19)|
|Student to teacher ratio||11.6:1|
|Color(s)|| Blue and|
|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 2018–19 school year, the school had an enrollment of 747 students and 64.4 classroom teachers (on an FTE basis), for a student–teacher ratio of 11.6:1. There were 270 students (36.1% of enrollment) eligible for free lunch and 58 (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 9–12 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 No. 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 548 students in grades 10–12, the school was classified by the NJSIAA for the 2019–20 school year as Group II for most athletic competition purposes, which included schools with an enrollment of 486 to 758 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 Group II South for football for 2018–2020.
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 baseball team won the South Jersey Group IV state championship in 1964 and won the South Jersey Group III title in 1966 and 1967.
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 South I state championship in 1974, the Group II state championship in 1993 (defeating Northern Highlands Regional High School in the tournament final), 2000 (vs. Voorhees High School) and 2004 (vs. West Essex High School). The team won the 2000 South Jersey 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.
The wrestling team won the South Jersey Group I state sectional championship in 2008 and the South Jersey Group II title in 2006, 2016 and 2017. In 2006, the team won their first South Jersey Group II state sectional championship, defeating Cinnaminson High School by a final score of 43–17.
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
- John Aglialoro (born 1943), businessman and film producer.
- 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.
- Dave Crossan (born 1940, class of 1958), American football center who played in the NFL for the Washington Redskins.
- 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 and a Commissioner of the WNBA.
- Michael Landon (1936–1991, class of 1954), actor who had the nation's longest high school javelin throw – 193 feet 4 inches (58.93 m) – in 1954.
- Ted Laux (1916–1965), professional football player who played in the NFL for the Philadelphia Eagles.
- Edwin Mills (born 1928, class of 1946), economist and professor emeritus at Northwestern University.
- Ray Narleski (1928–2012), professional baseball pitcher who played for the Cleveland Indians and Detroit Tigers.
- Eddie Picken (1907–1994), early professional basketball player; younger brother of Jim.
- Jim Picken (1903–1975), early professional basketball player; older brother of Eddie.
- 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.
- Home page, Collingswood High School. Accessed February 2, 2013.
- School data for Collingswood High School, National Center for Education Statistics. Accessed April 1, 2020.
- Collingswood High School, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed May 25, 2016.
- 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 & Conference Officers/Affiliated Schools 2020-2021, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed July 15, 2020.
- NJSIAA General Public School Classifications 2019–2020[permanent dead link], New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed July 22, 2019.
- Divisions, West Jersey Football League. Accessed September 5, 2020.
- Minnick, Kevin. "Football: Entering 10th season, a new leader for state’s second-largest conference", NJ Advance Media for NJ.com, August 8, 2019. Accessed September 5, 2020. "The WJFL was created in 2010 as a way to help teams play a full schedule and face opponents of similar size, ability and geographical location.... The league is comprised of 16 divisions and includes better than 90 high schools."
- NJSIAA Football Public School Classifications 2018–2020, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association, finalized August 2019. Accessed September 1, 2020.
- NJSIAA 2018 – 2020 Co-Operative Sports Programs, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed September 1, 2020.
- NJSIAA Baseball Championship History, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed September 1, 2020.
- NJSIAA Girls Lacrosse Championship History, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed September 1, 2020.
- NJSIAA History of Field Hockey Championships, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed September 1, 2020.
- 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 Archived September 30, 2007, at the Wayback Machine, 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.
- NJSIAA Wrestling Team Championship History, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed September 1, 2020.
- 2006 Team Wrestling – South, Group II, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed April 5, 2007.
- 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..."
- NJSIAA Girls Basketball Championship History, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed September 1, 2020.
- 2008 Boys Basketball – South, Group II, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed August 8, 2012.
- Administration, Collingswood High School. Accessed August 7, 2019.
- Franks, Serena. "Atlas Shrugged Film Event @ Camden County College", Gloucester Township, NJ Patch, March 26, 2012. Accessed August 7, 2019. "The CCLR is pleased to present Atlas Shrugged, produced by Camden County native, John Aglialoro, who graduated from Collingswood High School and Temple University."
- 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 January 10, 2006.
- Dave Crossan, Pro-Football-Reference.com. Accessed September 23, 2019. "High School: Collingswood (NJ)"
- Hall of Fame Member Bios 1992, Collingswood High School Athletic Hall of Fame. Accessed September 23, 2019.
- 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
- Ted Laux Statistics, JustSportsStats.com. Accessed August 7, 2019. "High School: Collingswood (NJ)"
- Mills, Edwin 1928–, International Encyclopedia of the Social Sciences. Accessed August 7, 2019. "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."
- "Eddie Picken to Follow in Brother's Footsteps". Courier-Post. August 30, 1927. p. 18. Retrieved August 28, 2019 – via Newspapers.com.
- "Jim Picken". Peach Basket Society. December 14, 2017. Retrieved August 8, 2019.
- 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." Archived March 15, 2016, at the Wayback Machine, 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."
- Callahan, Kevin. "Gary Williams headed to Hall of Fame", Courier-Post, April 8, 2014. Accessed August 7, 2019. "Gary Williams has gone from playing pickup basketball on the old courts outside Collingswood High School to the prestigious Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame."