Council Rock High School North

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Council Rock High School North
Council Rock High School North school crest, June 2011.jpg
62 Swamp Road
Newtown, PA 18940
Type Public
Established 1969
School district Council Rock School District
Principal Susan McCarthy
Grades 9–12
Number of students 1,767 (2014-15)[1]
School color(s) Blue, White, Silver             
Rival Council Rock South
Yearbook Polaris[2]

Council Rock High School North is a high school located in Newtown, Bucks County, Pennsylvania. It is a part of the Council Rock School District. The school is located across from Newtown Middle School (formerly Newtown Junior High) and Tyler State Park, and near Bucks County Community College. The current student population is 2259 for grades 9-12.[3][self-published source]

The school is three stories tall and is divided into an East wing and a West wing. Until 2002, there was no direct connection between the third floors on each wing, students and staff having to use hallways on the first or second floor to cross between wings.

When originally constructed, the school was the only high school in the district and known simply as "Council Rock High School". As the local population continued to grow, a new high school (Council Rock High School South) was built in Holland, Pennsylvania, which opened in the fall of 2002, and "North" was added to the original school's name. When the new school was opened, middle schools were re-districted as follows: Newtown Middle School students attend Council Rock North, Holland Middle School students and Richboro Middle School students attend Council Rock South.

The school colors are blue, white, and silver, and the school sports teams are known as the Council Rock Indians. Prior to the 2002 split, the school colors were just blue and white. Silver was given to North and gold given to South to distinguish them while still maintaining the two traditional colors of the original high school.

The school and the school district are named for Council Rock (also known as Indian Rock), a rock outcropping that forms a cliff in Tyler State Park. This rock was once a council rock for Lenape Indians living in the area. A large rock located near the school's parking lot's main entrance on Swamp Road is a reminder of this, and it is tradition for students of the school to paint the rock in anticipation of major events such as sporting events or proms.


Council Rock High School North academics are consistently ranked highly among other high schools in the Philadelphia area, Pennsylvania, and the United States. Council Rock High School North offers 19 Advanced Placement courses. Council Rock North is known as one of the top tier public schools in the Bucks County Region.[4]

Of the 2009 graduates, ten were named valedictorians, 17 were named National Merit Semi-Finalists (outscoring 99.5% of all PSAT test-takers), 20 were named National Merit Commended students, and all 17 semi-finalists attained finalist status. Council Rock High School North students are consistently offered admission to top tier universities.[citation needed]

About 91% of students pursue higher education, and the graduation rate is above 99.9%. The attendance rate is 95.0%. In the 2008-09 school year, 45 students were named Advanced Placement Scholars. SAT scores routinely exceed the national and state averages; Critical Reading, Writing and Math average scores were 550, 546 and 568, respectively. The difference, for all three sections combined, in national average SAT scores and Council Rock North student average SAT scores is 163 points.[citation needed]

Philadelphia Magazine recognized Council Rock High School North as one of the top schools in the Philadelphia Metropolitan Area; Council Rock High Schools were the only high schools in Bucks County named to the "50 Best Schools List" (2004). Council Rock High School North ranked as the top public school in Bucks County in 2005, 2006, and 2008. Newsweek Magazine ranked Council Rock High School North as one of America's top schools in 2007. Mid-Atlantic Construction magazine recognized Council Rock North's renovations as the "Project of the Year" in the K–12 category.

Sports Teams[edit]

Council Rock High School North sports teams are well known in the area. Many teams at the school are very successful and have had undefeated seasons. The sports teams are as follows:

A Council Rock North running back
  • Baseball/Softball The 2007 and 2009 Baseball varsity team made it to the quarterfinals of the PA state tournament.
  • Basketball The Men's Basketball team has won 12 Conference Championships. The 2010-11 team won a school record 27 games and finished the season ranked regionally by ESPN and USA Today.
  • Bowling
  • Cheerleading
  • Cross Country: The 2008 women's team went undefeated. The Varsity team took 7th at the PIAA State Championships, and the Junior Varsity team was able to win both the league and district. The Varsity men's team took 6th at the PIAA State Championships.Men's Cross Country / Track & Field Site The men's Cross Country team has won 11 state titles.
  • Football: The 2006 varsity football team had an undefeated regular season.
  • Field Hockey
  • Golf
  • Ice hockey
  • Lacrosse: Council Rock North Lacrosse - Official site for Council North Men's Lacrosse
  • Soccer: Council Rock North Men's Soccer was ranked 3rd in the nation on during the 2009 season for over three weeks. In 2006, the Men's Varsity Soccer team won the PIAA championship.
  • Softball
  • Swimming: The 2011-12 women's swim team had an undefeated season with a record of 13-1, while the men's team is 13-1. In the 2009-2010 season the women's swim team went undefeated for a third year in a row. They also won the AAA division of districts.
  • Tennis: Men's (spring) and Women's (fall)
  • Track:
  • Volleyball
  • Wrestling

Student Clubs[5][self-published source][edit]

The Council Rock North Ski & Snowboard Club in 2011

Notable alumni[edit]


External links[edit]

Coordinates: 40°13′53″N 74°56′42″W / 40.23127°N 74.94491°W / 40.23127; -74.94491