Conestoga High School

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Conestoga High School
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Conestoga High School in 2006
Address
200 Irish Rd

,
Pennsylvania
19312

United States
Coordinates40°02′50″N 75°27′12″W / 40.0472°N 75.4533°W / 40.0472; -75.4533Coordinates: 40°02′50″N 75°27′12″W / 40.0472°N 75.4533°W / 40.0472; -75.4533
Information
Other namesConestoga Senior High School, CHS
Former nameTredyffrin Easttown High School
TypeComprehensive public high school
MottoA Tradition of Excellence
EstablishedOctober 27, 1954; 67 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]
Grades912
Enrollment2,243 (2019–20)[3]
Student to teacher ratio15.95[3]
Campus typeSuburban
Color(s)Garnet and gray   
MascotThe Pioneer
NicknameStoga
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, United States, is the only upper secondary school in the Tredyffrin/Easttown School District.

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.[5]

Departments[edit]

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. 1 credit is equivalent to a year-long class.[citation needed]

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.[6] Conestoga was ranked 312th (3rd in Pennsylvania) in 2008, 301st (3rd in Pennsylvania) in 2007, 170th (1st in Pennsylvania) in 2006,[7] 195th in 2005,[8] and 197th in 2003.[9]

In 2016, Niche.com 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.[10] 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.[11]

U.S. News and World Report consistently includes Conestoga High School in their annual list of America's "Best High Schools." U.S. News & World Report ranked Conestoga as a Gold Medal High School, the 294th of America's for 2021–2022.[11]

SAT[edit]

The Conestoga Class of 2014 performed at least 94 points above the national average in every section of the SAT:[5]

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.[12]

National Merit/College Board Recognition[edit]

The Conestoga Class of 2022 includes 39 National Merit Semi-finalists, the most in Pennsylvania.[13] The Conestoga Class of 2018 includes 34 National Merit Semi-finalists, 26 National Merit Commended students, and 2 National Hispanic Scholars.[14] 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.[5]

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.[5]

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.[15][16][17]

Pennsylvania System of School Assessment[edit]

Conestoga performs well on the Pennsylvania System of School Assessment (PSSA). The average scaled scores for Conestoga were among the highest in the state in 2008.[5]

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, Spoke.news (formerly Stoganews.com). It is produced by the staff of The Spoke, Conestoga's student run newspaper. The Spoke has been the recipient of several national awards.

TETV[edit]

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, 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.[18][19][20] In 2018, the students who ran the drive brought the organization "New Voters". to the national level.[21]

Athletic teams[edit]

Conestoga competes in 17 different sporting events generally within the Central League.[22]

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
Tennis
Volleyball
Cheerleading

PIAA State Championships[edit]

  • Girls Tennis
    • Singles - 1987
    • Doubles - 1991
    • Team - 2021
  • Boys Soccer - 1988, 2011, 2016, 2017, 2021
  • Girls Soccer - 2007, 2008
  • Boys Tennis
    • Singles - 1989, 1990, 2012
    • Doubles - 1966, 1972
    • Team - 2011, 2012, 2013
  • 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
  • Girls Track & Field
    • Individual
      • 4x800m Relay- 2009, 2010
      • 1600m Run- 2006
      • 1600m Relay - 2004
      • 3200m Relay - 2000
  • Boys Track & Field
    • Individual
      • Shot Put - 2002

Athletic clubs[edit]

Fall[edit]

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

Winter[edit]

  • Ice Hockey
  • Squash
  • Chess

Spring[edit]

  • Crew
  • Rugby (Conestoga boasts 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.)[23]
  • Ultimate Frisbee
  • Sailing

Notable alumni[edit]

Hazing Scandal[edit]

In 2015, there was a sexting prosecution involving students who were then in their freshman year at Conestoga. One of the accused juveniles was a 14-year-old male freshman on the varsity football team. This juvenile was perceived by many of the older football players to be cocky and abrasive.

During the course of the sexting prosecution, the father of the accused juvenile reported to the high school that his son had been the subject of hazing months before by the Conestoga football team, including an incident involving a broomstick inserted into his son's rectum. As required by law, this report was given to the Tredyffrin Township Police Department, who consulted with the District Attorney's Office.

Three juveniles agreed to plead guilty to harassment. They admitted that two of the players held the victim down and the third player poked the victim with a broomstick. The charged juveniles admitted that it was their intent to scare the victim.[25]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Search for Public School Districts – District Detail for Tredyffrin-Easttown SD". National Center for Education Statistics. Institute of Education Sciences. Retrieved March 5, 2019.
  2. ^ "Search for Public Schools - Conestoga SHS (422364001423)". National Center for Education Statistics. Institute of Education Sciences. Retrieved March 5, 2019.
  3. ^ a b c "Conestoga SHS". National Center for Education Statistics. Retrieved May 25, 2021.
  4. ^ "Tredyffrin township, Chester County, Pennsylvania[permanent dead link]." U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved May 26, 2009.
  5. ^ a b c d e (PDF) https://web.archive.org/web/20060208234102/http://www.tesd.k12.pa.us/stoga/profile.pdf. Archived from the original (PDF) on February 8, 2006. Retrieved February 2, 2006. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  6. ^ "America's Best High Schools". Archived from the original on May 21, 2012. Retrieved October 8, 2012.
  7. ^ The 1,200 Top U.S. Schools – Newsweek America's Best High Schools – MSNBC.com Archived February 5, 2007, at the Wayback Machine
  8. ^ The 1,200 Top U.S. Schools – Newsweek America's Best High Schools – MSNBC.com Archived November 15, 2006, at the Wayback Machine
  9. ^ 2003 List: The Top High Schools – Newsweek America's Best High Schools – MSNBC.com Archived April 19, 2006, at the Wayback Machine
  10. ^ "America's Top High Schools 2016". Newsweek. August 11, 2016. Retrieved April 21, 2021.
  11. ^ a b "Best High Schools". U.S. News & World Report.
  12. ^ "Here's How Conestoga High School Did On The 2019 SATs". Tredyffrin-Easttown, PA Patch. February 2, 2020. Retrieved April 13, 2020.
  13. ^ "Conestoga High Students Lead List Of National Merit Semifinalists With 39 Named". Tredyffrin-Easttown, PA Patch. September 21, 2021.
  14. ^ "In the News – Detail Page". tesd.net. Retrieved January 8, 2018.
  15. ^ 2006 Siemens Awards for AP Winners Archived November 15, 2009, at the Wayback Machine
  16. ^ 2007 Siemens Awards for AP Winners Archived October 21, 2007, at the Wayback Machine
  17. ^ 2009 Siemens Awards for AP Winners Archived March 26, 2012, at the Wayback Machine
  18. ^ "Conestoga High School's New Voters Club honored with Civic Engagement Award". Main Line Media News. Retrieved April 13, 2020.
  19. ^ State, Pennsylvania Department of. "Pennsylvania Department of State Honored Conestoga High School for Voter Registration Achievement". PR Newswire. Retrieved April 13, 2020.
  20. ^ "Conestoga New Voters Club Earns Governor's Civic Engagement Award". Tredyffrin-Easttown, PA Patch. December 1, 2017. Retrieved April 13, 2020.
  21. ^ Orso, Anna. "These Philly-area teens got 100 classmates to register to vote. Now, they're taking the next step". inquirer.com. Retrieved April 13, 2020.
  22. ^ "PIAA – Schools – Directory – Conestoga High School". piaa.org.
  23. ^ "- FRONTLINE: Neighborhood". mainlinetoday.com.
  24. ^ Flegenheimer, Matt (January 8, 2018). "Fusion GPS Founder Hauled From the Shadows for the Russia Election Investigation". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved April 21, 2021.
  25. ^ "Conestoga Hazing: Authorities Issue Statement To 'Set The Record Straight'". Tredyffrin-Easttown, PA Patch. June 29, 2017. Retrieved March 18, 2021.

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