Haverford High School

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Haverford High School
200 Mill Rd


MottoHonor - Truth - Health - Service
FoundedBuilding, 1956
School districtSchool District of Haverford Township
SuperintendentDr. Maureen Reusche
PrincipalMr. Pete Donaghy
Years taught9-12
Enrollment1,709 (2015-16)[1]
Student to teacher ratio15:1
Color(s)Crimson      Gold     
Athletics conferencePIAA District 1 3A/4A Central League[2]
NewspaperThe Fordian
Athletic DirectorMs. Joann Patterson

Haverford Senior High School is the public high school of Haverford Township, Pennsylvania, United States, operated by the School District of Haverford Township. It is at 200 Mill Road in Havertown. The school serves the entirety of Haverford Township, including all of the unincorporated community of "Havertown" (a place name created by the US Postal Service to designate ZIP Code 19083, which is wholly within Haverford Township), and the Haverford Township portions of the unincorporated communities of Haverford, Bryn Mawr, Ardmore, Drexel Hill, and Wynnewood.

Approximately 90% of Haverford's graduates continue their formal education at colleges, universities and technical schools. Haverford students traditionally are well-placed in the National Merit Scholar Program and other academic award competitions in mathematics, science, foreign languages, writing, art and music.

All five elementary schools in the School District of Haverford Township feed into the middle school, which then feeds into Haverford High School.

Haverford High operates WHHS, the first FM broadcast high school radio station in the United States.[3][4] The High School also has an award-winning newspaper that is almost over 80 years old The Fordian, which is now exclusively online at thefordian.com


The first recorded purchase of land for educational purposes in Haverford Township was made on October 28, 1797. A stone structure erected on a site along Darby Road at the crossroads Coopertown served as a school until 1872.[5] Today, known as the Federal School, the building still stands and serves as a window to history for Haverford Township children. Every fourth-grade student spends a day at the Federal School learning what it was like to be a student in 1797.

The Llanerch School was built in 1905 and still stands on Darby road. It served as the high school until 1910. The Oakmont School was built on Eagle Road at Hathaway Lane in 1912 to serve as the new high school. It remained the high school until 1923. With the dawn of a new decade and World War I behind the country, Haverford Township began experiencing another wave of expansion. In 1923, the "new" Haverford High School on Darby Road was completed. It was expanded to include a junior high school in the 1930s and now serves as the Haverford Middle School and the school district's administrative offices.

In 1956, the new (and current) Haverford High School was constructed on Mill Road creating a complex of fields and buildings used by both the high school and the adjacent Haverford Middle School.

Haverford High School pictured in 2014

The high school building was expanded and modernized from 1996–1999. Renovations took a long time and created many issues, one being that one side of the school is higher than the other. The most significant physical addition to the school during these years was the demolition of a small building at the rear center of the (used as counselling suite and lounge area) and the construction of a three-floor addition to house new and spacious science classrooms/laboratories, as well as large seminar classrooms. With this change, rear classrooms in the center of the original building lost exterior windows, and now looked out over open common space adjacent to two new cafeterias, separated by a large new kitchen. Further this new addition included new administrative offices. This meant that these offices left their original locations along the front of the center wing of the original building. This space became a new principal's office, infirmary, sewing classroom, and a new staircase was added, as well. With the construction of the additions, the wood, metal, and motor shops were eliminated from the building, along with those courses. Wood shop continued to be offered to at the Haverford Middle School wood shop.

Also during the 1996–1999 renovations, the original cafeteria was renovated into a new art classroom wing, as well as a large college-style seminar classroom. With the moving of the art rooms, the former art space became the current choir classroom. The former choir classroom became a new weight room for the use of the school's athletes. The original library space was turned into classroom space for child development and cooking classes. With this change also came the elimination of a faculty lunchroom from that part of the building.

Additionally, renovations involved removing the entire interior of areas being renovated, such that today's classrooms are not merely redone versions of the original rooms, but rather, entirely new rooms. One long-debated result of this renovation was that in removing the interior and building it anew, walls of concrete brick and glazed tiling were removed, and replaced uniformly with drywall. As a result, the walls are easily damaged and frequently require patching or painting. One other change was that many windows were covered or eliminated in the renovation. For example, the exterior of the building today reveals that along the upper section of the gymnasium, stuccoed panels cover what had been large windows. And most classrooms lost half their window area as glass bricks were covered over, leaving only the lower, operable parts of the windows exposed. The rear wall of the interior of the auditorium also once was lined with windows covered with drapes; renovations replaced the windows with walls. The only area of the school that appears nearly as it did when the building first opened is the auditorium and gymnasium lobby, which still combine terrazzo flooring, chrome, blond varnished wood, and glazed bricks, giving this area the character the entire building once had.

A very positive result of the renovation was a large, bright, and attractive library that includes a large mezzanine with desktop computers for student usage. The school was also fully air-conditioned in the renovation.



The Haverford High School sports teams are called the "Fords," and have a Model T Ford as mascot. A book about the athletic history of the school (1914 to 2014) was written by Art Sciubba. It is a document that Haverford High School Alumni are proud of.[7]

Haverford High School Ford Mascot


The Haverford High School football team has one of the longest running gridiron rivalries in Pennsylvania, facing off against Upper Darby High School since 1921.

Haverford vs. Upper Darby Thanksgiving Game Program from 1959
Haverford vs. Upper Darby Thanksgiving Game Program from 1960
Haverford vs. Upper Darby Thanksgiving Game Program from 1961
Haverford vs. Council Rock Game Program from 1970
Haverford High Pennant

The game is played on Thanksgiving Day and alternates between the two schools football stadiums.

Notable NFL players from Haverford High School include four-time Super Bowl champion Randy Grossman of the Pittsburgh Steelers, former Washington Redskin Sam Venuto and 1974 Maxwell Award winner Steve Joachim of the Baltimore Colts.

Upper Darby vs. Haverford All-Time Results

(Haverford leads the series 45–44–6)

Year and Result
2017: Haverford 14, Upper Darby 7
2016: Haverford 35, Upper Darby 21
2015: Haverford 49, Upper Darby 42
2014: Haverford 28, Upper Darby 12
2013: Haverford 31, Upper Darby 13
2012: Haverford 26, Upper Darby 7
2011: Haverford 21, Upper Darby 16
2010: Haverford 26, Upper Darby 0
2009: Upper Darby 14, Haverford 0
2008: Upper Darby 17, Haverford 10
2007: Haverford 10, Upper Darby 7
2006: Haverford 20, Upper Darby 8
2005: Upper Darby 40, Haverford 7
2004: Haverford 16, Upper Darby 13
2003: Upper Darby 28, Haverford 0
2002: Upper Darby 18, Haverford 7
2001: Upper Darby 27, Haverford 17
2000: Upper Darby 35, Haverford 0
1999: Upper Darby 21, Haverford 13
1998: Upper Darby 23, Haverford 7
1997: Upper Darby 32, Haverford 14
1996: Upper Darby 20, Haverford 0
1995: Haverford 27, Upper Darby 14
1994: Upper Darby 20, Haverford 14
1993: Upper Darby 20, Haverford 0
1992: Upper Darby 28, Haverford 7
1991: Upper Darby 26, Haverford 0
1990: Haverford 26, Upper Darby 14
1989: Haverford 17, Upper Darby 13
1988: Upper Darby 7, Haverford 0
1987: Haverford 18, Upper Darby 7
1986: Upper Darby 7, Haverford 3
1985: Haverford 41, Upper Darby 12
1984: Haverford 21, Upper Darby 6
1983: Haverford 21, Upper Darby 12
1982: Upper Darby 7, Haverford 0
1981: Haverford 30, Upper Darby 8
1980: Haverford 12, Upper Darby 6
1979: Haverford 33, Upper Darby 0
1978: Haverford 14, Upper Darby 13
1977: Haverford 15, Upper Darby 6
1976: Upper Darby 14, Haverford 8
1975: Haverford 13, Upper Darby 0
1974: Upper Darby 25, Haverford 21
1973: Upper Darby 9, Haverford 6
1972: Upper Darby 19, Haverford 7
1971: Haverford 23, Upper Darby 0
1970: Haverford 26, Upper Darby 13
1969: Haverford 20, Upper Darby 0
1968: Haverford 42, Upper Darby 7
1967: Upper Darby 10, Haverford 7
1966: Haverford 27, Upper Darby 7
1965: Upper Darby 21, Haverford 14
1964: Upper Darby 7, Haverford 6
1963: Upper Darby 20, Haverford 6
1962: Tie, 13–13
1961: Upper Darby 3, Haverford 0
1960: Haverford 24, Upper Darby 19
1959: Upper Darby 13, Haverford 6
1958: Haverford 25, Upper Darby 6
1957: Haverford 14, Upper Darby 0
1956: Haverford 18, Upper Darby 0
1955: Tie, 7–7
1954: Haverford 13, Upper Darby 6
1953: Haverford 25, Upper Darby 12
1952: Upper Darby 46, Haverford 12
1951: Upper Darby 22, Haverford 14
1950: Haverford 19, Upper Darby 0
1949: Upper Darby 27, Haverford 13
1948: Haverford 21, Upper Darby 0
1947: Upper Darby 12, Haverford 6
1946: Tie, 0–0
1945: Haverford 9, Upper Darby 0
1944: Haverford 7, Upper Darby 0
1943: Upper Darby 13, Haverford 6*
1942: Tie, 7–7
1941: Upper Darby 6, Haverford 0
1940: Upper Darby 19, Haverford 6
1939: Haverford 26, Upper Darby 0
1938: Upper Darby 26, Haverford 6
1937: Upper Darby 12, Haverford 7
1936: Haverford 6, Upper Darby 0
1935: Haverford 18, Upper Darby 13
1934: Upper Darby 20, Haverford 7
1933: Haverford 19, Upper Darby 0
1932: Haverford 7, Upper Darby 0
1931: Haverford 13, Upper Darby 0
1930: Upper Darby 6, Haverford 0
1929: Tie, 6–6
1928: Upper Darby 13, Haverford 0
1927: Haverford 12, Upper Darby 6
1926: Upper Darby 23, Haverford 0
1925: No Game
1924: Upper Darby 42, Haverford 0
1923: Tie, 27–27
1922: Upper Darby 26, Haverford 6
1921: Haverford 7, Upper Darby 0

*NOTE: Haverford and Upper Darby played twice in 1943. Upper Darby won the first game, 18–0.


The Haverford High men's basketball team won its only PIAA State Championship in 1958, defeating Altoona 67–45 at the Palestra in Philadelphia. Haverford High also were PIAA runners-up in 1970, losing to Beaver Falls 82–58 at the Farm Show Arena in Harrisburg.


The Haverford High School men's volleyball team, under coach Ted Keyser, won 17 district titles and 9 Pennsylvania state championships.

Year Result Score
1966 Haverford def. Tunkhannock 15–8 15–6
1967 Haverford def. Tunkhannock 6–15 15–12 15–11
1968 Haverford def. East Deer 15–11 15–7
1969 Haverford def. Townville 15–12 15–2
1970 Haverford def. Tunkhannock 15–6 15–2
1971 Haverford def. Townville 15–3 15–10
1974 Haverford def. Penn Hills 15–7 15–8
1976 Haverford def. Penn Hills 15–3 15–5
1981 Haverford def. Plum 21–18

Ice Hockey[edit]

In 1969, the Haverford High School ice hockey team was one of the seven original members of the Inter-County Scholastic Hockey League, the first high schools to participate in Pennsylvania high school hockey. The team's original coach, Ed Galli, was also the president of the league.

Flyers Cup Championships

2007 Flyers Cup AA Champions
2006 Flyers Cup AA Champions
2005 Flyers Cup AA Champions
1992 Flyers Cup A Champions*

* Class A State Champions

Girls Sports[edit]

Cheerleading PIAA State champions of 2016, 2017

Field Hockey[edit]

Year Champion Runner Up
1975 Haverford - 4 Pequea Valley - 0
1981 Central Bucks West - 1 Haverford - 0
1982 Haverford - 2 Upper Darby - 1
1984 Unionville - 1 Haverford - 0


WHHS is the student-run high school radio station of Haverford Senior High School. WHHS is the oldest high school radio station in the country.[1] The station itself is located within the high school, and the transmitter is located nearby, covering a 5 to 10-mile radius around the High School. WHHS originally occupied 89.3 FM until 1992, when the FCC forced them to change frequencies, and then 107.9 FM, until a new, major radio station based in Philadelphia (WRNB) forced WHHS to change frequencies again.[1] WHHS currently occupies 99.9 FM under a special exemption from the FCC while the station undergoes the formal process of applying for a station license.[2]

Typical show formats include rock, classic rock, rap/hip-hop, sports talk, political talk, and sometimes more eclectic genres like classical or jazz. Occasionally, shows feature live performances from local or school-based bands.

Students of the High School apply for a radio show (usually 90 minutes long), and a typical show has 2–4 hosts. On the basis of interviews and previous experience with the station, students are chosen to fill several positions, including Station Director, Director of Music, Director of News, etc. The radio station provides an introduction into the radio or communications industries for students interested in careers in these fields.

In 2006, the station began broadcasting live sporting events such as football and hockey, even broadcasting live from the Wachovia Spectrum; the former home of the Philadelphia Flyers and 76ers. The station is continuing to branch out into the community with the effort spearheaded by producing a product that township residents can understand and enjoy while teaching students necessary skills and encouraging creativity. This has been accomplished in many ways; one of which included a 12-hour election day special along with interviews before the elections with such politicians and Congressman Curt Weldon and Congressman elect Joe Sestak.



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Coordinates: 39°59′01″N 75°18′06″W / 39.9837°N 75.3017°W / 39.9837; -75.3017