Lenape High School
|Lenape High School|
|235 Hartford Road
Medford, NJ 08055
|Type||Public high school|
|School district||Lenape Regional High School District|
|Asst. principals||Amanda Cassel
|Enrollment||1,840 (as of 2014-15)|
|Student to teacher ratio||12.2:1|
|Athletics conference||Olympic Conference|
Lenape High School is a four-year comprehensive public high school located in Medford Township in Burlington County, New Jersey, United States. It is the oldest of the four high schools that comprise the Lenape Regional High School District, which serves students in ninth through twelfth grades from Evesham Township, Medford Lakes, Medford Township, Mount Laurel Township, Shamong Township, Southampton Township, Tabernacle Township and Woodland Township. Since opening in 1958, the school has served students from Mount Laurel Township. The school has been accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Secondary Schools since 1963.
As of the 2014-15 school year, the school had an enrollment of 1,840 students and 150.7 classroom teachers (on an FTE basis), for a student–teacher ratio of 12.2:1. There were 191 students (10.4% of enrollment) eligible for free lunch and 93 (5.1% of students) eligible for reduced-cost lunch.
Awards, recognition and rankings
The school was the 79th-ranked public high school in New Jersey out of 339 schools statewide in New Jersey Monthly magazine's September 2014 cover story on the state's "Top Public High Schools", using a new ranking methodology. The school had been ranked 143rd in the state of 328 schools in 2012, after being ranked 122nd in 2010 out of 322 schools listed. The magazine ranked the school 120th in 2008 out of 316 schools. The school was ranked 134th in the magazine's September 2006 issue, which surveyed 316 schools across the state.
Schooldigger.com ranked the school tied for 128th out of 381 public high schools statewide in its 2011 rankings (an increase of 6 positions from the 2010 ranking) which were based on the combined percentage of students classified as proficient or above proficient on the mathematics (84.3%) and language arts literacy (95.4%) components of the High School Proficiency Assessment (HSPA).
In 1955, the regional district was formed. In 1957, land was acquired for Lenape High School, whose doors opened in 1958. Starting with 548 students in freshman and sophomore classes, the school grew quickly and now consists of two buildings, Lenape High School North and Lenape High School South. Lenape draws its student body from Mount Laurel Township. The school has two sides, North and South.
Students, starting in the fall of 2008, attended classes based on the letter of the day. Days could range from A-E, and each student's schedule may be different for each letter. This allowed students never to miss too many classes. For example, in past years, students with lab days on Fridays would have fewer lab days when it would be a three-day weekend because school was not in session on Friday. With the letter days, students schedules rotate and eliminate this issue by having a student have lab on a specific letter day.
The current system that the high school employs is not much different from the letter schedule, but is significantly shortened. The school now relies upon a 4-day schedule with a total of eight periods, two of which are dropped every day. This way, a student's schedule rotates through four different options, having class periods 1, 2, 3, and 4 in the morning block, and having periods 5, 6, 7 and 8 in the afternoon, leaving out a morning and afternoon class each day. Every student, regardless of grade, also attends lunch at the same time, which is commonly known as Lunch and Learn. This time is not only utilized for lunch and social purposes, but for kids to receive extra help during their lunch from teachers who are available or meet with clubs and other activities. Each class is approximately an hour long.
The Lenape High School Indians compete in the Olympic Conference, which consists of public and private high schools in Burlington County and Camden County and operates under the supervision of the New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association (NJSIAA). With 1,350 students in grades 10-12, the school was classified by the NJSIAA for the 2015-16 school year as South Jersey, Group IV for most athletic competition purposes, which included schools with an enrollment of 1,082 to 1,934 students in that grade range.
Lenape High School also has a separate club ultimate and ice hockey teams. The ice hockey team is member of the South Jersey High School Ice Hockey League.
The girls' lacrosse team won the overall state championship in 1981 (defeating Collingswood High School in the tournament final), and won the Group IV title in both 2007 (vs. Montclair High School) and 2014 (vs. Ridge High School). The team won the 2007 Group IV state championship with an 11–7 win against Montclair in the championship game.
The 2004 boys' basketball won the South Jersey, Group IV championship, defeating Atlantic City High School 66–51. The team moved on to win the 2004 Group IV state championship with a win over Plainfield High School. The 2009 boys' basketball team won the NJSIAA South and Group IV state championship by defeating Paterson Eastside 68–48 at Rutgers University.
The girls' soccer team won the South Jersey Group IV title in 2004 with a 3–1 win over Washington Township High School. In 2007, the team won the South, Group IV state sectional championship with a 3–2 win over Toms River High School North in the tournament final. The team moved on to win the 2007 Group IV state championship with a 3–0 win over Bridgewater-Raritan High School. Lenape Girls Soccer team won the 2008–09 state championship against Ridge High School, 1–0 to top off a perfect season at 25–0–0. The Lenape Girls Soccer team won their third consecutive state championship with a 1–0 win over Westfield High School in the 2009–10 season. The Lenape Girls Soccer team won their fourth consecutive state championship in the 2010–11 season, the first Group IV team to achieve this accomplishment, with a 5-2 win over Livingston High School. Lenape Girls Soccer is led by Coaches Kevin Meder and Tony Guerrara.
The 2008 Lenape boys' bowling squad featured one of the best individual seasons in high school bowling history. Class of 2011 member Anthony Scerati averaged 235.67 during the season, which included a perfect 300 game, and an 803 series. Anthony also took the singles title at the Holiday tournament, firing a 772 series.
In the fall of 1996, the Lenape football team pulled off the biggest upset in South Jersey football history by defeating Washington Township High School, the top-ranked team in South Jersey and top five in the state, coming back from 14-2 to win 21-14.
In the fall of 1997 Lenape won the Olympic Conference in football and spent most of the season ranked #1 in South Jersey
Lenape High School has participated at the Princeton Model Congress, a four-day conference with over 50 schools from around the country. The team placed first at Princeton Model Congress four of the past six years. They brought home the James Madison Award in the most recent 2006 Princeton Model Congress.
Lenape is known for its academic / scientific clubs; Math Team, Science League, and Knowledge Bowl. Science League competes in the New Jersey Science League. Last year the Earth Science team brought home a plaque for 9th place in the state. The Science League also competes in the Merck State Science Day. Knowledge Bowl consists of two "A" teams composed of Juniors and Seniors, and one "B" team of the two other classes. The team competes in the Gateway Toyota tournament at Monsignor Donovan High School, NORJAC, which is at Leonia High School, the Burlington County Academic Tournament, which is usually held at Cherokee High School, as well as the Allentown tournament, held in Allentown, New Jersey. Last year, the B team brought home second place and the Gateway Toyota, second at the BCAT, and first at the Allentown Tournament. In November 2010, Lenape placed first in the Gateway Toyota Academic Tournament. Later, that December, Lenape placed third in the NORJAC tournament.
The STORM Robotics Team is a collection of FIRST teams. The FRC (2729), FTC (4390), and FTC (7433) teams are open for anyone to join from Lenape High School or its sister school Cherokee High School. Founded in the 2009 season, the team has made it to the FRC Championships twice (2008-2009, 2012-2013) and received the Highest Rookie Seed award in the 2008-2009 season. At the Washington DC Competition STORM received the Rookie AllStar award. In 2011 the FRC team won the "AutoDesk Excellence in 3D Animation" award' at the New Jersey Regional Competition. In 2013 the FRC team won the "Engineer Excellence Award" at that years Hatboro competition, the "District's Chairman Award" at the Lenape competition, along with being the winners for the district at the Lenape competition, and the Mid-Atlantic Robotics Region Champion, finally rounding out the year as the 15th seed in the FIRST Championship's Galileo Division.
In addition the school allows any club to be created as long as the student with the idea finds an interest and a teacher to supervise.
The Lenape High School Marching Band has won multiple championships in State and National competitions. In 2004, they were United States Scholastic Band Association (USSBA) group 2A All-States champions, and in 2005 they were Cavalcade of Bands American A Champions. In 2006, they placed third in the state in group 2A at USSBA state championships and third with best color guard at USSBA all-states championships. Their 2007 show was "Four Seasons" which went undefeated within the Group 2A class in the USSBA circuit, with a 92.0 championship winning performance. In 2008, they once again, became the Group II A Class All-States Champions with a score of 94.1, with their show entitled "I Write the Songs," a tribute to Barry Manilow. In 2009 the band performed their show "Shooting for the Stars" and won the New Jersey 2A state championships, capturing their first state championship in the USSBA circuit, and went on to place 2nd at All-States Championships. In 2010, the marching band held on to their title as NJ State Champions in the USSBA circuit's 2A group with their show "It's About Time." Due to scheduling conflicts with the All States Championships for 2A, the band opted to move up a group to 3A and performed in Allentown where they came in at a respectable 5th place and took the High Visual award. In 2011, with their show "True Colors", the marching band finished an undefeated season by retaining their title as USSBA Group 2A NJ State Champions for the third consecutive year, and by winning the USSBA Group 2A National Championship with the highest score in the band's history 96.413. The band continued the championship streak by winning the 2012 USBands Group 2 Open New Jersey State Title with their "World Tour" show before going on to place second at the National Championship. In 2013, the band placed second at the New Jersey State and National Championships. In 2014, with "It's A Jungle Out There" show, the band completed an undefeated season with the USBands Group 2 OPEN New Jersey state championship and the National Title with a new best high score of 96.425. In 2015, with "Desert Winds", Lenape won the USBands Group 2 Open New Jersey State Title and placed second at the National Championships. In 2016, with "Bon Appetit!", Lenape won the USBands Group 2 Open New Jersey State Title.
In addition to competitions, the band performs at school football games, the Medford Halloween Parade, Mount Laurel Day, and the Vincentown Memorial Day Parade and in 2014 performed in the Miss America Parade.
The Lenape Marching Band also had previously won Class I Championships in 1993 and 1994 and Class II Championships in 1996 and 1997 as part of the Eastern Marching Band Association.
Core members of the school's administration are:
- Tony Cattani – South Principal
- Len Westman – North Principal
- Lauren Pfeiffer (born 1987), Olympic field hockey player.
- Scott Schoeneweis (born 1973), a relief pitcher for the Boston Red Sox.
- Jason Thompson (born 1986), 12th pick in the 2008 NBA Draft after completing his basketball career at Rider University.
- Ryan Thompson (born 1988), professional basketball player and younger brother of Jason.
Other schools in the district
- Cherokee High School - located in Evesham Township, with 2,205 students from Evesham Township
- Seneca High School – located in Tabernacle Township, with 1,199 students from Shamong, Southampton Tabernacle and Woodland Townships
- Shawnee High School - located in Medford Township, with 1,597 students from Medford Lakes and Medford Township
- School data for Lenape High School, National Center for Education Statistics. Accessed December 12, 2016.
- Lenape High School, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed May 28, 2016.
- Lenape Regional High School District 2015 Report Card Narrative, New Jersey Department of Education. Accessed May 28, 2016. "The Lenape Regional High School District (LRHSD) serves the eight municipalities of Evesham, Medford, Mount Laurel, Shamong, Southampton, Tabernacle and Woodland Townships and Medford Lakes Borough."
- Staff. "Regional School Districts", Burlington County Times, April 26, 2015. Accessed May 28, 2016. "LENAPE REGIONAL Serves: Evesham, Medford, Medford Lakes, Mount Laurel, Shamong, Southampton, Tabernacle, Woodland"
- Lenape High School 2015 Report Card Narrative, New Jersey Department of Education. Accessed May 28, 2016. "ATTENDANCE AREA: Mount Laurel. Lenape High School opened in 1958 on a 53-acre plot of land in Medford and since that time has undergone multiple renovations to accommodate the educational needs of the sprawling community of Mount Laurel."
- Lenape High School, Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Secondary Schools. Accessed June 24, 2011.
- Staff. "Top Schools Alphabetical List 2014", New Jersey Monthly, September 2, 2014. Accessed September 5, 2014.
- Staff. "The Top New Jersey High Schools: Alphabetical", New Jersey Monthly, August 16, 2012. Accessed September 4, 2012.
- Staff. "2010 Top High Schools", New Jersey Monthly, August 16, 2010. Accessed March 20, 2011.
- "Top New Jersey High Schools 2008: By Rank", New Jersey Monthly, September 2008, posted August 7, 2008. Accessed August 19, 2008.
- New Jersey High School Rankings: 11th Grade HSPA Language Arts Literacy & HSPA Math 2010-2011, Schooldigger.com. Accessed March 4, 2012.
- History, Lenape Regional High School District. Accessed October 16, 2006.
- League Memberships – 2016-2017, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed January 10, 2017.
- 2014-2015 Public Schools Group Classification: ShopRite Cup–Basketball–Baseball–Softball for South Jersey, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association, as of December 15, 2015. Accessed December 12, 2016.
- History of the NJSIAA Girls' Lacrosse Championships, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed December 21, 2016.
- 2007 Girls Lacrosse – Group Finals, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed June 5, 2007.
- 2004 Boys Basketball – South, Group IV, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed May 17, 2007.
- 2004 Boys Basketball – Group IV, Semis/Finals, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed May 17, 2007.
- Staff. "Lenape wins Group IV boys basketball state title", The Press of Atlantic City, March 16, 2009. Accessed June 24, 2011.
- 2004 Girls Soccer – South, Group IV, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed May 17, 2007.
- 2007 Girls Soccer – South, Group IV, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed November 15, 2007.
- Wright, Andrew. "Sectional sorrow: North falls to Lenape in final", Asbury Park Press, November 9, 2007. Accessed November 15, 2007. "Yesterday, No. 4 Toms River North took it to No. 2 Lenape High School and battled it out for the South Jersey Group IV sectional title, which the Indians won, 1–0."
- 2007 Girls Soccer – Public Semis/Finals, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed November 24, 2007.
- Jasner, Andy. "Lenape rolls to shutout for Group 4 crown", The Philadelphia Inquirer, November 18, 2007. Accessed November 24, 2007.
- 2015 Soccer Championships Program, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association, as of December 15, 2015. Accessed January 19, 2017.
- Staff. "Lenape makes it four crowns in a row", The Philadelphia Inquirer, November 21, 2010. Accessed June 24, 2011. "For the fourth straight year, Lenape ended its season by hoisting a state championship trophy at the College of New Jersey, maintaining its distinction as the top team in a talent-rich state."
- High School Sports Girls soccer - 2010 NJSIAA Group 4 championship, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed June 24, 2011.
- Lerner, Gregg. "Lenape 5, Livingston 2", The Star-Ledger, November 20, 2010. Accessed June 24, 2011. "By flooding the final third with limitless options to complement the lockdown defense of senior Nicole Curry, the No. 1 team in The Star-Ledger Top 20 stormed to its unprecedented fourth straight NJSIAA/The Sports Authority Stores Group 4 championship with a 5-2 victory over No. 6 Livingston yesterday at The College of New Jersey in Ewing. Lenape (23-1-2) became the first Group 4 program to win four successive outright crowns and did it in resounding fashion."
- 2003 Field Hockey – Central, Group IV, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed May 17, 2007.
- Lenape Named "Best Delegation" at Princeton Model Congress, Lenape High School. Accessed November 28, 2006.
- Storm Robotics Team, Lenape Regional High School District. Accessed October 17, 2013.
- 2013 - Storm Robotics Team, Lenape Regional High School District. Accessed October 18, 2013.
- Staff. "Lenape High School marching band wins fourth straight New Jersey State Band title", South Jersey Local News, December 12, 2012. Accessed May 26, 2013. "Lenape High School's marching band continued its winning streak on Sat., Nov. 10, in Washington Township, capturing the New Jersey State Band title for the fourth straight year. The band's win comes despite its moving up one level, from Group 2A (for less experienced competitors) to Group 2 Open (for higher performing bands)."
- Administration, Lenape High School. Accessed September 21, 2014.
- Gardner, Sam. "1996 Games inspire Pfeiffer's dream", Fox Sports, May 4, 2012. Accessed September 4, 2012. "Her on-field journey began in eighth grade, when Pfeiffer — who was exposed to the sport from a young age by her mother, Harla, a former field hockey star at Rowan — first picked up a stick. She caught on quickly and went on to become a three-time All-State player at Lenape High School in Medford, NJ."
- Wagman, Jake. "He is Mount Laurel's Angel", The Philadelphia Inquirer, October 21, 2002. Accessed December 26, 2007. "The parents of World Series pitcher Scott Schoeneweis want to set the record straight. Yes, he was born at a hospital in Long Branch, Monmouth County. And he did attend Lenape High School in Medford."
- Amick, Sam. "Kings rookie ready to prove himself – again", Sacramento Bee, August 10, 2008. Accessed August 21, 2008. "When then-Rider assistant Tommy Dempsey went to see Thompson for the first time, it was hardly a strain on his recruiting budget. The drive from Lawrenceville to Lenape High School in Medford, N.J., is approximately 45 minutes, certainly worth the time to continue his search for a big man of the program's future."
- Ryan Thompson, Rider University. Accessed September 21, 2014. "Named the MVP of Group IV and was the Burlington County Player of the Year as a senior at Lenape High School"
- Data for the Lenape Regional High School District, National Center for Education Statistics. Accessed December 13, 2016.
- Profile and History, Lenape Regional High School District. Accessed November 24, 2014. "The Lenape District's four high schools are: Lenape, Shawnee, Cherokee North and South and Seneca. Students from Mount Laurel attend Lenape; students from Medford, Medford Lakes attend Shawnee; students from Evesham (Marlton) attend Cherokee North and South and students from Tabernacle, Shamong, Southampton and Woodland attend Seneca."
- New Jersey School Directory for Lenape Regional High School District, New Jersey Department of Education. Accessed December 13, 2016.
- Cherokee High School, Lenape Regional High School District. Accessed September 21, 2014.
- Seneca High School, Lenape Regional High School District. Accessed September 21, 2014.
- Shawnee High School, Lenape Regional High School District. Accessed September 21, 2014.
- Lenape High School website
- Lenape Regional High School District
- Lenape Regional High School District's 2015–16 School Report Card from the New Jersey Department of Education
- Data for the Lenape Regional High School District, National Center for Education Statistics
- Lenape High School Official Alumni Site
- South Jersey Sports: Lenape HS