West Chester East High School
|West Chester East High School|
|West Chester, Pennsylvania
|Number of students||about 1,360|
|School color(s)||Red, Yellow, and Black|
|Athletics||Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association|
Established in 1973 as the second high school in the West Chester Area School District (along with Henderson High School), East is one of three high schools currently operating in the West Chester area (the third being Rustin High School, which opened in 2006). Newsweek ranked East 420 out of the top 1,000 high schools in America in 2015. East also earned a rank of 36 in Philadelphia Magazine's overview of the best 100 public schools in the Philadelphia area in 2012.
In 2008, West Chester East had a student body of approximately 1470 students. Students who attend J.R. Fugett Middle School attend East. Fugett draws its student body from East Goshen Elementary, Exton Elementary, Glen Acres Elementary, and part of Fern Hill Elementary.
West Chester East High School is located at the corner of Ellis Lane and Paoli Pike, on the border of West Goshen Township and East Goshen Township, just east of the borough of West Chester, Pennsylvania. The building itself (which is connected directly to Fugett Middle School) is located in West Goshen, as are the school's numerous athletic fields, which include the football Stadium. The baseball and softball fields compete across Ellis Lane on Price Fields at West Chester East, located in East Goshen Township, which were constructed in 2003.
With the opening of East High School, the district began splitting the student's population with B. Reed Henderson High School located in the borough. All students from Fugett and some students from Stetson Middle School would attend W.C. East until 2006, with the opening of Rustin High School.
The district began a large renovation project in the 1990s, with East’s project beginning in 2003 and ending in 2006. This included renovations to the existing building and athletic fields, as well as construction of new baseball fields, a new science wing for the school, and a new basketball gymnasium.
Among East's extracurricular offerings, athletics is the most popular. West Chester East, along with Henderson and Rustin, competes in the Ches-Mont League, a fourteen high school sports league primarily located in Chester County.
The school's Theatre Company is also quite popular. They begin the year with a fall play, present a musical in late February, and a student written and directed One Act Festival in the spring. They also participate in the Critics and Awards Program for High School Students (Cappies) in which the critic team has been nominated as well as many others in the fields of performance and technical theatre.
East has also had great success in other activities. The student run organization K.A.R.E., a community service group is quite popular. As is the JLCC (Japanese Language and Culture Club). However the largest group in school is the international business competition DECA, which boasts two international first-place winners, one in 2006 and one in 2008, as well as state leaders including the state president from 2007 to 2009. East DECA maintains the largest chapter in Pennsylvania. East has also had success with its Academic Team which has been to nationals for the past sixteen years.
- Bam Margera, Actor, skateboarder (attended but did not graduate)
- Jess Margera, Drummer of the bands CKY, Viking Skull, The Company Band and Gnarkill
- Missy Margera, Reality show actress
- Deron Miller, Musician, Singer/Guitarist for the bands CKY, and World Under Blood
- Chris Raab, Actor
- Matt Schaub, NFL quarterback
- Kyle Gallner, Actor, best known for Veronica Mars, The Haunting in Connecticut and A Nightmare on Elm Street (2010 film)
- East Project
- about east
- "America's Best High Schools 2012". Newsweek. Retrieved 8 October 2012.
- "The Top 100 Philadelphia-Area Public Schools 2012". Philadelphia Magazine. Retrieved 8 October 2012.