Elmer L. Meyers Junior/Senior High School
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|Elmer L. Meyers Junior/Senior High School|
|341 Carey Avenue
Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania 18702
|Type||Public Junior-Senior High School|
|Motto||"Steadfast Forever, Meyers High"|
|School district||Wilkes-Barre Area School District|
|Color(s)||Royal blue and Gold|
|Rivals||GAR Memorial Junior Senior High School, James M. Coughlin High School, And Holy Cross High School|
Elmer L. Meyers Junior/Senior High School (commonly known throughout the area as 'E. L. Meyers' or 'Meyers') is an urban, public school located on 341 Carey Avenue, in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania. It is one of three public high schools in the Wilkes-Barre Area School District. Meyers is both a junior and senior public high school, offering education to approximately 898 students in grades 7–12. The student to teacher ratio is approximately 12.6 students per teacher. Meyers' sports teams are called "Mohawks." Meyers and G.A.R. High Schools have one of the longest standing sports rivalries in the Wyoming Valley.
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Meyers has many traditions that are still practiced today including Moving Up day, a ceremony that officially marks the junior class move to senior status, as well as the senior class moving to the stage for graduation, which happens the day after in the school’s auditorium. The school also celebrates Senior tea, a tradition that was started in the 1930s.
Meyer has had visits from various famous individuals, including Amelia Earhart in spring of 1936 after the Meyer’s High School Women’s Club brought her in to talk to students about “Adventures in Flying”.
More recently, the school had Travis Clark and Hunter Thomsen from We The Kings perform an acoustic set in October 2009. After winning the High School Hookup V2.0 from local radio station 97 BHT, the two members performed a free show in the auditorium.
As of June 10, the Wilkes-Barre Area School District voted to consolidate the local schools, merging Meyers and Coughlin into a new 9th through 12th grade school to be built on the Coughlin site in downtown Wilkes-Barre. The 7th and 8th grades will be merged with Kistler Elementary to make that into a K-8th school.
The school offers many sports and activities for students to participate in.
Meyers offers sports in the Fall, Winter, and Spring that is open for all students to join. Those sports include; cheerleading, cross country, field hockey, football, golf, boys' and girls' soccer, girls' volleyball, boys' and girls' basketball, swimming & diving, wrestling, baseball, softball, and track & field.
Meyers offers year-round clubs that students can sign up and participate in. The clubs offered range from Meyers specific clubs, such as the Elmprint Club and Colophon Club, to national clubs and organizations, such as F.B.L.A. and National Honors Society.
The school offers two clubs dedicated to publishing the school newspaper, Elmprint, and producing the yearbook, Colophon. Other clubs offered include the Art Club, Chess Club, Computer Club, Diversity Club, Drama Club, Envirothon, F.B.L.A., Key Club, Math Club, National Honors Society, Scholastic Scrimmage, Ski Club, Spanish Club, Speech and Debate, Stage Crew, Student Council, and Watershed Project.
Speech and Debate
E. L. Meyers High School is known across the country for its speech and debate team. Founded in 1997, Meyers hosts the Martin Luther King Open Speech and Debate Tournament every January. The team was tied for a national championship with four other schools in 2009 at the National Catholic Forensic League championships held in Albany, New York.
The team offers students a host of events to choose to compete in. Some of the events that the team hosts include Lincoln–Douglas debate, policy debate, public forum debate, extemporaneous speaking, declamation, oral interpretation, original oratory, duo interpretation of literature, and dramatic interpretation.
- Qadry Ismail – NFL Analyst, Former NFL wide receiver 
- Raghib Ismail – Former NFL wide receiver 
- Edward B. Lewis – Geneticist, Nobel Prize Winner (1995) 
- Phil Ostrowski – NFL player
- Dan Chariton - Screenwriter
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