Hatboro-Horsham Senior High School

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Hatboro-Horsham Senior High School
Hatboro-Horsham High School.jpg
Front of the Hatboro-Horsham Highschool Building
899 Horsham Road
Horsham, Montgomery County 19044
Coordinates 40°11′49″N 75°09′50″W / 40.197°N 75.164°W / 40.197; -75.164Coordinates: 40°11′49″N 75°09′50″W / 40.197°N 75.164°W / 40.197; -75.164
School type Public
Founded 1950 (jointure of Hatboro-Horsham School District)
Opened 1992, 1998 (renovation/addition)
School board Hatboro-Horsham Board of School Directors
School district Hatboro-Horsham School District
Superintendent Curtis Griffin
CEEB code 391695
Principal Dennis Williams
Faculty 165
Grades 9-12
Enrollment 1,750
Student to teacher ratio 13 to 1
School color(s) Red & Black
Slogan "Champions of Learning"
Athletics conference Suburban One League - Continental
Mascot Mad Hatter, Top Hats
Team name Hatters
Rival Upper Moreland High School
Publication The Golden Pen (literary magazine)
Newspaper The Hat Chat
Yearbook The Hi-Hatter

Hatboro-Horsham Senior High School is a comprehensive public high school, serving grades 9 -12, located in Horsham, Pennsylvania, about 17 miles outside of Philadelphia. Hatboro-Horsham Senior High School, a successor of the Loller Academy, originally opened in 1950 on Old York Road in Hatboro following the jointure of the Hatboro-Horsham School District. In the 1970s, the school relocated to the campus that currently houses Keith Valley Middle School on Meetinghouse Road. In 1992, the school was moved into a brand-new award winning building, its current location, on Horsham Road. It is the only high school in the Hatboro-Horsham School District which includes Horsham Township and Hatboro Borough. Its main feeder school is Keith Valley Middle School. Hatboro-Horsham is a member of the Suburban One League Continental Conference and offers a variety of sports programs. Extracurricular activities are also offered in the form of performing arts, school publications, and clubs.

Hatboro-Horsham Senior High School is recognized by the United States Department of Education as a Blue Ribbon School of Excellence, and has been named one of the top 150 high schools in the nation by Redbook Magazine. The school is fully accredited by the Pennsylvania Department of Education and in 2006 was recommended for full accreditation by the Middle States Commission on Secondary Schools.

Campus and facilities[edit]

The current Hatboro-Horsham Senior High School campus was completed in 1992 by Boro Developers at a cost of $16,157,971.00. This campus-like project represented a $30 million final construction price and became the flagship school in the tri-state area. The new facility included the installation of state-of-the-art technology and science equipment and one of the most complete auditorium and stage sound and lighting systems available. The building represented over $3.5 million worth of masonry work and brickwork, all accomplished by Boro, and was most notable for its architectural requirements and excellent workmanship. A new wing housing additional classrooms was built at the rear of the building in 1998. The Hatters Swim Team utilizes the pool located at the adjacent Simmons Elementary School, which formerly housed Keith Valley Middle School.

Hatters Way crosses through the campus, allowing access to and from Horsham Road and Babylon Road, as well as connecting it with Simmons Elementary School and the Jarrett Nature Center. The road, which crosses over the Davis Grove Tributary, had previously been susceptible to flooding until a $24,375 embankment stabilization project that replaced sidewalk and pavement destroyed by flooding during Hurricane Irene in 2011.

Hatters Stadium, located adjacent to the High School, underwent a $1 million renovation during the 2010-2011 school year, which included the installation of an artificial turf field, track resurfacing, updated irrigation systems, a new sound system, electrical rewiring, and fiber optic capability. Topsoil that was removed from the stadium was transferred to other district athletic fields that are used for soccer, field hockey, baseball, softball and lacrosse. A large controversy developed during the 2010-2011 school year, as the planning of the turf field coincided with comprehensive budget cuts and tense teacher contract negotiations. Students, parents, and teachers squared off against the administration and the school board in a series of passionate and crowded board meetings. As the board approved a nearly $1 million artificial turf field installation, many protested the cutting of 24 Advanced Placement courses and electives, possible furloughs for up to 22 teachers, and possible cancellations, postponements, or venue changes for district events, particularly graduation for the Class of 2011, and the annual Relay for Life. Eventually, however, the Relay for Life and graduation were held as regularly scheduled, and furloughs were only issued for one full-time teacher and five part-time positions in the district.


Hatboro-Horsham Senior High School offers a number of diverse extracurricular activities for students.

Hatters Robotics[edit]

Hatters Robotics is Hatboro-Horsham's FIRST Robotics club. Also known as Team 708, Hatters Robotics was founded in 2001 by the Hatboro-Horsham School District in partnership with Motorola with the name “Hardwired Hatters”. A few years later, Laura Shepler, a former FIRST mentor, expressed interest in forming, or joining, a FIRST team for the Upper Moreland School District. In 2005, the Upper Moreland School District “fused” resources with Hatboro-Horsham and established the team in which we became. Upon merging, the team adopted the name “Hardwired Fusion” to better represent the union of the two districts. At first this seemed rather ironic because Hatboro-Horsham and Upper Moreland were infamous rivals in all other competitive sports, other than robotics.

Between 2005 and 2006, the team grew under the sponsorship of Immunicon and AMI Semiconductors. In his first full season as Chief Advisor in 2008, Eric Zygmont secured the support of both Upper Moreland and Hatboro-Horsham’s Educational Foundations, as well as the Jannsen Pharmaceutical Corporation. Team 708 continued to grow and was sponsored by seven separate organizations during the 2015 season including Lockheed Martin, the Hatboro-Horsham Educational Foundation, Autodesk, Hatboro Federal Savings, First Niagara, and Verizon.

Since the 2012 season, Team 708 has hosted the Hatboro-Horsham Week 1 MAR District Competition. The team uses this to help spread the word of FIRST to our community and the rest of our school. We also hosted our first FLL Qualifying Event for the 2013 season, Nature’s Fury. This event is run entirely by our team; our mentors and alumni are judges, and the rest of our team was referees, pit administrators, queuers, and general volunteers. After the 2014 season, the team rebranded again from “Hardwired Fusion” to “Hatters Robotics” due to the loss of Upper Moreland as an official partner.[1]

During the 2015 season, the team earned the most prestigious award in FIRST, the Chairman's Award, at both the District and Regional levels. Additionally, they earned the Gracious Professionalism Award at the 2015 Hatboro-Horsham District Event.[2]

Chess Club[edit]

A competitive chess club takes place at Hatboro Horsham high school and students are given the opportunity to compete against chess players from other schools. Students regardless of experience level are welcomed to join and practice twice a week and learn new strategies to better their performance.

Games Club[edit]

A place to play awesome games from Mario Kart and Super Smash Bros on Nintendo to Dungeons and Dragons, Magic the Gathering, and Risk on the library tables with fellow Hatboro Horsham gamers. The perfect club to learn some new games, perfect your strategy on old favorites or make some friends with similar interests.

Student Council[edit]

In union with the mission of Hatboro-Horsham Senior High School, the Hatboro-Horsham Senior High School Student Council strives to ensure that all students are actively engaged in the community, and encourages students to initiate and participate in school affairs.

The Hatboro-Horsham Senior High School Student Council works to promote community through social and educational programming, and further activities and programs that provide opportunities for as many students to become involved as possible. The Student Council seeks to voice the opinions, interests, and concerns of the Hatboro-Horsham Student Body.

The Student Council continuously strives to foster a harmonious atmosphere throughout the school by developing a sense of responsibility for conduct and behavior among students, as well as encouraging pride in the appearance of school buildings and grounds.


Interact is the high school extension of Rotary International. It is a community service club which has an obligation to perform at least one local and international project each year, as dictated by its international Constitution. Sponsored by the Rotary clubs of Hatboro and Horsham, Hatboro-Horsham's chapter has gone on to volunteer at senior citizens centers, entertain young cancer patients at Gilda's Club, and participate in the annual Relay for Life of Eastern Montgomery County.


HHTV was founded in 2004, and is owned and operated by Hatboro-Horsham School District. HHTV can be seen on channel 28 for Comcast Subscribers and channel 33 for Verizon Subscribers. HHTV live programming can now be seen on the HHTV website or on the HHSD YouTube Channel in High Definition. Programming for HHTV is produced by the School District and its students to inform, educate, and entertain viewers about the School District. HHTV has been providing students with first-hand relevant opportunities to dive into the world of both film and television production, and has served as a springboard for many alumni currently involved in the entertainment industry.

Theatre Club[edit]

Hatboro-Horsham's Theatre Club provides students with experience in several areas, including Lighting/Sound, Scenery, Costumes, Acting, and Publicity. The Theatre Club is dedicated to providing leadership opportunities for students involved with theatre arts, increasing community recognition of and participation in the theatre program, and providing a comprehensive background of both performance and technical theatre for all students. The Theatre Club provides educational opportunities for students who may not be cast in the Fall Drama or Spring Musical, but still possess interest in theatre and performance. To raise funds in order to build a stronger theatre program, the Theatre Club holds several fundraisers throughout the year. The Theatre Club also plans workshops, field trips, and social activities. The Hatboro-Horsham Theatre Club is affiliated with the International Thespian Society.

The Golden Pen[edit]

The Golden Pen is an annual publication, edited and designed by students, that includes student writing, artwork and a music CD. Any student may submit an original poem, short story, artwork of any media, or song. The editors and staff review all work anonymously and accept for publication work that is deemed appropriate for the magazine. The criteria are suitability for audience, originality, creativity, exceptional quality and perhaps, connection to the theme of the magazine.

The HatChat[edit]

The HatChat, founded in 1930, is the official school newspaper of Hatboro-Horsham Senior High School. It is written, printed, and edited by approximately 40 students, 15 editors, and one faculty advisor. The HatChat publishes articles by students about sports, school news, arts and entertainment, as well as editorials. The HatChat is distributed monthly or bimonthly to students, parents, teachers and subscribers. The HatChat is read by over 2500 students, faculty, and community members throughout the Hatboro-Horsham School District, and can also be read through an online supplement posted on High School website. The HatChat is a member of the National Scholastic Press Association and maintains First Class Distinction from this organization. The HatChat is also certified by the Journalism Education Association and has attained a Keystone Rating from the Pennsylvania School Press Association.

Model United Nations[edit]

Hatboro-Horsham's Model United Nations Club has been recognized as one of the areas premier international relations bodies. The club attends several conferences and events throughout the United States, and serves as an academic simulation of the United Nations that aims to educate participants about current events, topics in international relations, diplomacy and the United Nations agenda. The participants role-play as diplomats representing a nation or NGO in a simulated session of an (committee) of the United Nations, such as the Security Council or the General Assembly. Participants research a country, take on roles as diplomats, investigate international issues, debate, deliberate, consult, and then develop solutions to world problems. Founding members Chris Veghte, Ron Turner, Matt Pitetti, Bill Reynolds, and Brian Fitzpatrick were elected into the Hatboro-Horsham Model UN Hall of Fame on May 13, 2009.

World Affairs Club[edit]

Hatboro-Horsham's World Affairs Club has earned a spot among the nation's top discursive bodies. The club attends several conferences and events sponsored by the World Affairs Council of Philadelphia, and discusses current international events on a regular basis.

Eastern Center for Arts and Technology[edit]

Students at Hatboro-Horsham have the option to attend the Eastern Center for Arts and Technology, which is accredited by the Middle State Association of Colleges and Schools. The campus is located in Willow Grove and is owned by nine school districts in Eastern Montgomery County, Pennsylvania. They include Abington, Bryn Athyn, Cheltenham, Hatboro-Horsham, Jenkintown, Upper Moreland, Lower Moreland, Springfield, and Upper Dublin.

Programs taken at the Eastern Center are considered part of the high school program and count as elective credit toward graduation. They give students the opportunity to reinforce their career path after high school, get ready for employment, and get a head start in collegiate studies in that field.

Notable alumni[edit]






The Hatboro-Horsham Marching Unit has a longstanding tradition of excellence on and off the field. Known for daring and innovative designs and large-scale productions, the HHMU has earned a place of honor in the Mid-Atlantic Region and is very well respected by those in the music community. Over the years, the unit has earned unparalleled competitive honors. The Marching Hatters' first championship, won in 1975, was under the direction of Fran Taylor, followed by the 1988 championship by Millard Hensel, who retired in 1999. Mr. Hensel's successor was David L. Schopp. The Unit is currently under the direction of Antonio A. Perez (2009 to present). Under the direction of current director Antonio A. Perez, the unit won championships in 2009, 2012, 2013, 2015. 2014 saw the unit earn a Silver finalist (2nd place) finish in the COB Yankee Open Class championships, winning awards for Best Percussion and Best Overall Music. This is the unit's 8th consecutive medalist finish. The satellite indoor guard and percussion units are also highly successful. The HH Winter Guard has a reputation as one of the finest competing ensembles in the region. Under the direction of Katie Gallagher, the unit has enjoyed consistent success as a medalist in the Mid-Atlantic Indoor Network, has been a consistent finalist in Tournament Indoor Association Atlantic Coast Championships, and has won multiple Cavalcade Indoor Association championships. The 2014 unit will compete in Mid-Atlantic Indoor Network and Winter Guard International World Championships in Dayton, Ohio. The indoor percussion unit (HHIP) under the direction of Antonio Perez and Anthony Kash won the Tournament Indoor SE PA regional championships in 2009, 2010, 2013, and 2014. They won the TIA Atlantic-Coast Championships in 2009, 2010, 2012, 2013, and 2014. In addition, they won the Cavalcade Indoor Association Championships in 2010 and 2013. In Winter Guard International, the unit has competed in the NE US Regionals since 2010 and have been finalists every year. The group finished 2nd place in 2013 and 2014. In 2014 the unit was promoted to the Scholastic Open Class. This year's units will compete in the Mid-Atlantic Percussion Society and Winter Guard International World Championships in Dayton, Ohio.


In March 2010, Hatboro-Horsham High School hosted the first Green Futures Fair in Montgomery County, PA to give students from HHSD and other nearby districts a chance to learn about advances and possible careers in the "green field."[6]


The Lady Hatters softball team won the 2008 PIAA Class AAAA state softball championship, beating Greater Latrobe High School 3-0.[7] The Lady Hatters Volleyball Team has also made it to states and placed third out of four in the 2009 season.The Hatters won back to back PIAA state championships in girls' cross country in 2002 and 2003. The boys' cross country teams also won a state championship in 1993.

The Hatboro-Horsham baseball team won the Suburban One Continental League Championship and made it to the PIAA Class AAAA State baseball Semifinal in 2012, where they lost to eventual state champion, La Salle College High School. The Hatters had an overall record of 22-5.


Hatboro-Horsham plays Upper Moreland High School annually on Thanksgiving Day. The 73rd edition of this game was played on November 27, 2008 at 10:00 am at Upper Moreland High School - Upper Moreland won the game 27-13. Hatboro-Horsham leads the all-time series 49-21-6


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