Conestoga High School

Coordinates: 40°02′50″N 75°27′12″W / 40.0472°N 75.4533°W / 40.0472; -75.4533
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Conestoga High School
Conestoga High School in 2006
200 Irish Rd


United States
Coordinates40°02′50″N 75°27′12″W / 40.0472°N 75.4533°W / 40.0472; -75.4533
Other namesConestoga Senior High School, CHS
Former nameTredyffrin Easttown High School
TypeComprehensive public high school
MottoA Tradition of Excellence
EstablishedOctober 27, 1954; 69 years ago (1954-10-27)
School districtTredyffrin/Easttown
NCES District ID4223640[1]
SuperintendentRichard Gusick
CEEB code390295
NCES School ID422364001423[2]
PrincipalDr. Amy Meisinger
Teaching staff140.60 (FTE)[3]
Enrollment2,243 (2019–20)[3]
Student to teacher ratio15.95[3]
Campus typeSuburban
Color(s)Garnet and gray   
MascotThe Pioneer
USNWR ranking378th
National ranking36th (Newsweek)
1st (Niche School District Ranking)
NewspaperThe Spoke
YearbookThe Pioneer
Feeder schools
  • Tredyffrin Easttown Middle School
  • Valley Forge Middle School
WebsiteConestoga Homepage

Conestoga High School, located in Tredyffrin Township,[4] Pennsylvania, is the only upper secondary school in the Tredyffrin/Easttown School District. It has a Berwyn post office address,[5] though it is not in the Berwyn census-designated place.[6]

Conestoga, commonly referred to as "Stoga", is 20 miles (32 km) northwest of Philadelphia in the suburbs known as the Main Line.

College and university matriculation[edit]

97% of Conestoga graduates advance to colleges and universities, 92% of them to four-year colleges and universities. Graduating classes from 2009 to 2014 sent one or more students to each of the Ivy League colleges, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Duke University, Johns Hopkins University, University of Chicago, The California Institute of Technology, Carnegie Mellon University, and The University of California, Berkeley. The most popular university choice for Conestoga students is Pennsylvania State University. The second most popular choice is the University of Pittsburgh. Fifty-two percent of Conestoga students leave Pennsylvania to attend colleges and universities, and more than 52% attend private institutions after graduation.[7]


Conestoga has eight academic departments: Business/Technology, English, World Languages, Mathematics, Science, Social Studies, Visual and Performing Arts, and Wellness/Fitness/Family & Consumer Science. Students must earn 24 credits in order to graduate. One credit is equivalent to a year-long class.[8]

Distinctions and honors[edit]

In 2012, Conestoga was ranked the 180th best high school in the country and 1st in Pennsylvania by the Daily Beast.[9] Conestoga was ranked 312th (3rd in Pennsylvania) in 2008, 301st (3rd in Pennsylvania) in 2007, 170th (1st in Pennsylvania) in 2006,[10] 195th in 2005,[11] and 197th in 2003.[12]

In 2016, ranked the Tredyffrin Easttown school district number one in the United States. In the 2016 edition of Newsweek's "America's Top High Schools", Conestoga High School was ranked 36th in the nation and the 1st in Pennsylvania.[13]

For the 2012–2013 school year, the school was ranked as a Gold Medal School by U.S. News & World Report, ranked number 313 nationally.[14] U.S. News & World Report ranked Conestoga as a Gold Medal High School, the 294th of America's for 2021–2022.[14]


The Conestoga Class of 2014 performed at least 94 points above the national average in every section of the SAT:[7]

Test Type National Average Conestoga
Reading 497 598
Math 513 607
Writing 487 590

Compared to all the other schools in Chester County, Conestoga had the highest average SAT score in 2019.[15]

National Merit/College Board Recognition[edit]

The Conestoga Class of 2022 includes 39 National Merit Semi-finalists, the most in Pennsylvania.[16] The Conestoga Class of 2018 includes 34 National Merit Semi-finalists, 26 National Merit Commended students, and 2 National Hispanic Scholars.[17] The Conestoga Class of 2009 includes 21 National Merit Semi-finalists, 35 National Merit Commended students, 1 National Achievement Scholar, and 1 National Hispanic Scholar award recipients.[7]

Advanced Placement program[edit]

In May 2008, 573 Conestoga students, or 30% of the student body, took 1,103 College Board Advanced Placement (AP) examinations. A score of 3 or higher was earned on 95% of the tests.[7]

The Siemens Foundation for Advanced Placement honored Conestoga thrice, with the 2009 Student Award, 2006–07 High School Award, and 2005–06 Student Award. This program highlights exceptional achievement in science, mathematics, and technology.[18][19][20]

Pennsylvania System of School Assessment[edit]

The average scaled scores for Conestoga on the Pennsylvania System of School Assessment (PSSA) were among the highest in the state in 2008.[7]

Test Type State Conestoga
Reading 1470 1680
Math 1360 1600
Writing 1340 1600

Extracurricular activities[edit]

Student Journalism[edit]

The Spoke[edit]

Conestoga is home to a student-produced news website, (formerly It is produced by the staff of The Spoke, Conestoga's student run newspaper. The Spoke has been the recipient of several national awards.[21]

The Pioneer[edit]

The Pioneer is the Conestoga high school, student produced, award winning yearbook


Conestoga is home to a student-run TV station TETV which broadcasts live sports game, ceremonies, concerts, in addition to student made content.

The Folio[edit]

Conestoga is home to a literary magazine known as The Folio.

STEM Programs[edit]

Conestoga's science department has numerous STEM clubs and activities. Among them are Science Olympiad, chemistry, biology, computer science, and robotics.

Academic competitions[edit]

Conestoga is a part of Chester County Academic Competition league, the DECA business competition, the HOSA (organization) medical competition, as well as at the Pennsylvania State Career Development Conference.

Civic engagement[edit]

In 2017, Conestoga was the first high school to receive the Pennsylvania Governor's Civic Engagement Award for registering 85% of eligible students to vote.[22][23][24] In 2018, the students who ran the drive brought the organization "New Voters" to the national level.[25]

Athletic teams[edit]

Conestoga competes in 17 different sporting events generally within the Central League.[26]

Male Female Male Female Male Female
Fall Cross Country Cross Country Winter Basketball Basketball Spring Baseball Softball
Football Field Hockey Swimming Swimming Lacrosse Lacrosse
Golf Golf Indoor Track Indoor Track Track Track
Soccer Soccer Wrestling Cheerleading Tennis

PIAA State Championships[edit]

  • Girls Tennis
    • Singles – 1987
    • Doubles – 1991
    • Team – 2021, 2022
  • Boys Soccer – 1988, 2011, 2016, 2017, 2021, 2023
  • Girls Soccer – 2007, 2008
  • Boys Tennis
    • Singles – 1989, 1990, 2012
    • Doubles – 1966, 1972
    • Team – 2011, 2012, 2013, 2023
  • Girls Cross Country
    • Individual – 2005
  • Girls Swimming – 1980
  • Boys Wrestling
    • Individual
      • 119 lbs – 1994
  • Boys Baseball – 2011
  • Boys Lacrosse – 2010, 2011, 2012
  • Girls Lacrosse – 2016, 2022
  • Girls Track & Field
    • Individual
      • 4×800m Relay – 2009, 2010
      • 1600 m Run – 2006
      • 1600 m Relay – 2004
      • 3200 m Relay – 2000
  • Boys Track & Field
    • Individual
      • Shot Put – 2002

Athletic clubs[edit]


  • Archery
  • Ice Hockey
  • Ultimate Frisbee
  • Cross Country
  • Volleyball
  • Sailing


  • Archery
  • Ice Hockey
  • Squash
  • Chess


  • Archery
  • Crew
  • Rugby (Conestoga has the oldest High School Rugby program in the United States, founded in 1971 by Clarence Culpepper, who played for and coached the US National Men's Team.)[27]
  • Ultimate Frisbee
  • Sailing

Notable alumni[edit]

Hazing Scandal[edit]

In 2015, there was a legal case involving students who were in their first year at Conestoga High School. Among them was a 14-year-old male freshman who was a part of the varsity football team. Many of the older football players regarded this young student as overly self-assured and confrontational.

During the course of the legal proceedings surrounding inappropriate text messages, the father of the accused minor informed the school that his son had experienced bullying several months earlier at the hands of the Conestoga football team. This included an incident in which a broomstick was inserted into his son's rectum. Complying with legal obligations, this report was forwarded to the Tredyffrin Township Police Department, who then sought guidance from the District Attorney's Office.

Subsequently, three juveniles chose to acknowledge their involvement in acts of harassment. They confessed that two individuals had physically restrained the victim while the third used a broomstick to intimidate him. These charged juveniles admitted that their intention had been to instill fear in the victim. [37]


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  20. ^ 2009 Siemens Awards for AP Winners Archived March 26, 2012, at the Wayback Machine
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