New Hope-Solebury High School

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New Hope-Solebury High School
NHSD Lions.jpg
Location
182 W Bridge St
New Hope, Pennsylvania, PA 18938

United States
Information
School district New Hope-Solebury School District
Principal Stephen Seier
Faculty 45
Grades 9-12
Number of students 500
Color(s) Blue and Gold         
Mascot Lions
Affiliation Public
Website

New Hope-Solebury High School is a high school located at 182 West Bridge Street in New Hope, Pennsylvania. The school's mascot is the Lion, and its colors are royal blue and gold. It is located in the New Hope-Solebury School District. The school houses grades 9 through 12. The school has approximately 500 students. They are ranked number two in the state by the U.S. News & World Report, and 320th nationally.Stephen Seier is the current principal of New Hope-Solebury High School.

History[edit]

New Hope-Solebury High School first started as a one-building school in the late 1800s. The school housed roughly 14 students from grades K-12 and educated them on agriculture and farming. However, as the township of Solebury grew, the need for a larger school was evident.

Academics[edit]

New Hope-Solebury High School, although small, offers a wide variety of courses for its students from which to choose. The school is divided into departments for mathematics, science, social studies/history, foreign languages, English, fine arts, business education, gifted students, health and physical education, information technology, and practical arts and technology. AP Courses are offered in twelve subjects: Biology, Calculus BC, Chemistry, Computer Science, English Composition, English Literature, European History, Music Theory, Physics, Statistics, Studio Art, and U.S. History and additional APs offered online.

The average SAT scores for New Hope-Solebury in reading, math, and writing are respectively: 555, 564, and 548.

New Hope-Solebury High School was rated the second-best high school in Pennsylvania by U.S. News & World Report in 2015 and 2016. [1]

Students also may take courses at Middle Bucks Institute of Technology, offering them more vocational based educations. There also is a senior program that allows students to learn either anatomy or engineering at MBIT, under the direction of a Penn State University professor, and earn college credits through Penn State University.

Performing arts[edit]

New Hope-Solebury High school offers a performing arts program that allows students to sing, dance, act, and express themselves in a variety of ways. The Stephen J. Buck auditorium houses roughly 500 people and is used for the Mask & Zany theater productions, one act festival, comedy nights, movies nights, band, choir, orchestra, assemblies, and class meetings.

Mask & Zany Theatre Club is a performing arts club for students that performs roughly five times a year. Notable performers include They produce a variety of classic plays, such as Macbeth and Much Ado About Nothing, and modern musicals like Suessical and Once On This Island.

The New Hope-Solebury Wind ensemble is a group of musicians giving concerts several times every year. The group has participated in competitions in Disney World, Toronto, and Chicago.[2] The ensemble also has a renowned jazz band.

The choir is made up of students from grades 9-12. While the choir is open to all students who are interested in participating, students must audition to be accepted into the chamber choir. Both choirs perform at concerts and competitions in various locations.[2]

The New Hope Solebury orchestra, which consists of the bass, cello, viola and violin, has a repertoire ranging from classical music to modern Broadway songs, also has received many awards at competitions, including best overall orchestra. They have played in San Francisco, Toronto, Hersheypark, Chicago, Disney World, Disney Land, Dorney Park & Wildwater Kingdom, and others. [2]

Clubs and Activities[edit]

The school offers a number of student clubs and extracurricular activities.

New Hope-Solebury High school is a part of the PIAA (Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association) and part of the Bicentennial Athletic League. NHS competes in cross country, golf, field hockey, volleyball, soccer, basketball, wrestling, cheerleading, baseball, football, softball, lacrosse, tennis, and track. The school has many clubs, including a yearbook club, Key Club, FBLA, Environmental Club, and Mock Trial. The girls' soccer team has gone to the PIAA state quarterfinal, and the boys' soccer team made it to the PIAA State Finals in 2006. In 2010, the boys' soccer team won the PIAA State Finals, after beating the Mercyhurst Prep team with a score of 2-1. The boys' baseball team made it the PIAA state final tournament in 2010.

Notable graduates[edit]

Dean and Gene Ween - founders and members of the band Ween;

References[edit]

  1. ^ [1], School Ranking.
  2. ^ a b c [2], NHSD HS Music Department.

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 40°21′56″N 74°57′33″W / 40.3656°N 74.9591°W / 40.3656; -74.9591