Haverford High School
|Haverford High School|
Honor Truth Health Service
|200 Mill Rd
Havertown, Pennsylvania 19083
|School district||School District of Haverford Township|
|Superintendent||Dr. Maureen Reusche|
|Principal||Mr. Pete Donaghy|
|Student to teacher ratio||15:1|
|Athletics conference||PIAA District 1 3A/4A Central League|
|Average SAT scores||1790|
|Average ACT scores||28|
|Athletic Director||Ms. 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. 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. 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.
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 A Ford as their mascot. The mascot's official name is affectionately known as "Fordinand". There are stuffed "Fordinands" in the vaults of the high school. A limited edition "Fordinand" was released in stores on black Friday 2000 to commemorate the new millennium and is featured with a slightly darker, more daring gold finish. Critics have said that this is one of the finest examples of a stuffed animal which has only been matched by the advent of the ever-so popular "Open-chan" figures that made their debut in 2005 as part of the international marketing campaign of 7/11 retailers. Controversy over "Fordinand" figurines has sparked debate however, as many thought the automobile's design was too flashy. Unfortunately not everyone is a true ford who can appreciate the inherent beauty and value in "Fordiand". The debate was ended on June 6, 2003 when a federal judge ruled in favor of the original creator of the figurine in the famous case United States v. "Fordinand". Regardless of controversy though, the stuffed and loveable car of Haverford has remained to this day a proud symbol and relic. Famous folk singer Cabin Joe even wrote a song about "Fordiand" that is full of great musical nuances in tribute to the mascot. Stuffed "Fordinands" are available to purchase here: www.savefordiand.org.
EDIT: Under the Haverford High School sports teams, the mascot "Fordinand" is said to represent a Model A Ford. Fordinand is actually a representation of a Model T ford, of indeterminable year. See the description by Stewart in the Reference for details in which the two models differ.
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|
|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.
|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|
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
|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. 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. 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.
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 orcommunications 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.
- Craig Bickhardt- Country Singer/Songwriter/Guitarist, Class of 1972
- Garrett Brown, inventor of the steadicam.
- Shayne Culpepper - two-time Olympian in track and field; in 2004 in the 5,000m and in 2000 in the 1,500m Class of 1992
- Emily deRiel - 2000 Summer Olympics Silver Medalist modern pentathlon, Class of 1993
- Mark DiFelice, Major League Baseball pitcher for the Milwaukee Brewers organization, Class of 1994.
- Jimmy Dykes, Third and Second Baseman for the Philadelphia Athletics and Chicago White Sox. Manager of the Chicago White Sox, Philadelphia Athletics, Baltimore Orioles, Cincinnati Reds, Detroit Tigers, and Cleveland Indians.
- Randy Grossman, Former tight end for the Pittsburgh Steelers in the National Football League. 4 time Super Bowl Champion.Class of 1970
- Alex G., singer-songwriter.
- Brendan Hansen, 2004, 2008, 2012 Summer Olympic Games Breaststroke Swimmer.
- John Hickenlooper, governor of Colorado
- William Hoeveler, American lawyer and judge.
- Steve Joachim, Former professional football player for the New York Jets. Won the Maxwell Award in 1974.
- Jeff Kaliner – Owner and CEO of Power Home Remodeling Group.
- Ross Katz – Academy Award nominated film producer.
- Joe Lunardi, ESPN's March Madness Bracketologist.
- Buddy Marucci – 2008 United States Senior Men's Amateur Golf Champion, U.S. Walker Cup Captain 2007 and 2009, 1995 U.S. Amateur Runner-up.
- Dequincy "Moosh" Coleman–McRae, Half of Hip-hop duo, OCD: Moosh & Twist
- Clay Myers, photographer, animal welfare advocate, Class of 1976.
- Mitchel Resnick, MIT professor and creator of programmable bricks, the forerunner of LEGO Mindstorms, Scratch software and co-founder of Computer Clubhouse.
- Pia Reyes – November 1988 Playboy Centerfold.
- David Ricketts - Singer/Musician/Songwriter/Producer for A&M Records,Class of 1972
- Louis Robertshaw – lieutenant general in the United States Marine Corps.
- Michael Sembello - Guitarist/Singer/Songwriter, Class of 1972
- Jean Shiley 1932 Olympic Gold Medal winner
- Shane Ryan 2016 Olympic Swimmer
- Andy Talley, Head Coach of Villanova University Football. One of the most successful FCS college football coaches in history..
- Judy Toll, comedian, writer, and actress.
- Michael Tollin, Director and Producer. Movies: include Radio, Coach Carter, and Varsity Blues. Created and produced: All That, The Amanda Show, Kenan & Kel, One Tree Hill, Smallville, & What I Like About You.
- Jennifer Toof, appeared on VH1's Flavor of Love 2, Flavor of Love Girls: Charm School, and I Love Money.
- Sam Venuto, former American football running back in the National Football League.
- Tom Verica, Actor & Director, Class of 1982
- Dave Warren – Meteorologist AlJazeera America
- Mark G. Yudof, President, University of California (June 2008 – present); former chancellor, University of Texas system (August 2002 to May 2008), former president, University of Minnesota (1997 to 2002).; Class of 1962
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- Porter, David (May 22, 2004). "These DJs are well-schooled; Hundreds of high school radio stations operate across the U.S., albeit at low power". Los Angeles Times. p. E19.
- Price, Jeff (August 16, 2005). "Good guys win in this radio serial". The Philadelphia Inquirer. p. B6.
- "History of the School District of Haverford Township". School District of Haverford Township. Archived from the original on September 27, 2006. Retrieved 2006-10-10.
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