Newark High School (Delaware)

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Newark High School
Yellowjacket.png
Address
750 East Delaware Avenue

,
Delaware
19711

United States
Coordinates39°40′48″N 75°44′20″W / 39.68000°N 75.73889°W / 39.68000; -75.73889Coordinates: 39°40′48″N 75°44′20″W / 39.68000°N 75.73889°W / 39.68000; -75.73889
Information
TypePublic secondary
MottoExcellence is the Expectation
Established1893 (130 years ago) (1893)
School districtChristina School District
PrincipalTina Pinkett (2022 - Present)
Faculty64 (FTE) (2019-2020)[1]
Grades9–12
Enrollment1,059 (2019-2020)[1]
Student to teacher ratio16.55 (2019-2020)[1]
Campus typeUrban
Color(s)Black and gold
  
Athletics24 varsity sports (1 club sport)[citation needed]
Athletics conferenceBlue Hen Conference - Flight A
MascotYellowjacket (named Buzz)
YearbookKrawen
Websitewww.christinak12.org/NewarkHigh

Newark High School is a public high school in Newark, Delaware, and is one of three high schools within the Christina School District. It is one of the oldest educational institutions in the state, graduating its first class of students in 1893. In 2009, it saw its 20,000th student graduate.

Newark has been named by Newsweek magazine as one of their "Top Schools in America." In 2006 Newark was ranked #521,[2] in 2007 it was #271,[2] and in 2008 it was #1041.[3] This list represents the top 5% of the schools in the nation based on the number of AP, IB, and Cambridge exams taken divided by students graduating. The school was also named a GRAMMY Signature School in 2010 by the GRAMMY Foundation[4] for its outstanding commitment to music education. Newark won the DIAA Sportsmanship Award in 2003, 2004, 2005, and 2006.

The school serves a portion of Wilmington.[5] In the suburbs it serves almost all of Newark, most of Brookside, and the Christina School District portions of North Star, Pike Creek, and Pike Creek Valley.[6][7] Within Wilmington it serves the Church Street Historic District.[8]

Demographic information[edit]

All information for this section can be found at the Delaware School profile page.[9]

Students[edit]

Ethnicity 2013-2014 2012-2013 2011-2012 2010-2011 2009-2010 2008-2009 2007-2008 2006-2007 2005-2006
White, not Hispanic 42.3% 46.3% 46.8% 47.2% 49.4% 49.3% 52.7% 53.6% 56.2%
Black, not Hispanic 36.0% 34.4% 34.0% 35.8% 35.8% 35.7% 33.0% 33.2% 31.8%
Hispanic 14.7% 12.2% 12.1% 10.6% 9.7% 9.8% 9.0% 8.0% 7.6%
Asian/Pacific Islander 5.8% 6.1% 6.6% 5.8% 5.0% 5.2% 5.1% 4.8% 4.0%
Native American/Alaskan Native/Hawaiian Native 0.2% 0.3% 0.2% 0.3% 0.1% 0.0% 0.1% 0.4% 0.4%
  • As of the 2012-2013 school year the student to teacher ratio was 16 to 1.
  • As of the 2012-2013 school year the percentage of students listed as "English language learner" was 2.5% (down 0.8% compared to the previous year).
  • As of the 2012-2013 school year 48% of the student population was listed as "low income" (up 4.7% compared to the previous year).
  • As of the 2012-2013 school year 8.1% of the student population was listed as "special education" (up 1.1% compared to the previous year).

Faculty[edit]

Ethnicity Percentage of staff Years of teaching experience Percentage of staff
White, not Hispanic 81.1% Less than 4 years 24.0%
Black, not Hispanic 16.2% 5 to 9 years 21.0%
Hispanic 1.8% 10 to 19 years 35.0%
Asian American 0.0% 20 to 29 years 14.0%
Native American/Alaskan Native 0.9% 30 or more years 6.0%
  • As of the 2011-2012 school year 111 teachers/instructional staff were allocated for NHS.
  • As of the 2011-2012 school year all teachers/instructional staff were deemed "highly qualified" by the State of Delaware.
  • As of the 2011-2012 school year 46.0% of the instructional staff held a master's degree or higher.
  • As of the 2011-2012 school year 6.1% of the instructional staff were NBPTS (National Board for Professional Teaching Standards) certified.

Academics[edit]

Newark State Testing scores (10th grade)[edit]

2014 score 2014 News Journal rank
Math 867 13/38 (was 17th in '13)
Reading 852 19/38 (was 14th in '13)
2014 score 2013 score 2012 score 2011 score 2010 score 2009 score 2008 score 2007 score 2006 score 2005 score 2004 score 2003 score 2002 score
Math 867 (69%) 859 (69%) 854 (63%) 838 (50%) 533 (54%) 531 (51%) 532 (54%) 523 (56%) 530 (54%) 531 (49%) 538 (55%) 536 (59%) 521 (43%)
Reading 852 (69%) 852 (72%) 833 (61%) 819 (51%) 507 (60%) 513 (62%) 514 (64%) 521 (72%) 511 (63%) 518 (67%) 522 (73%) 520 (73%) 511 (62%)

[10]

  • Rankings are created by The News Journal and are not used by DOE for classification. They are computed based on the DSTP performances by all Delaware Public High Schools, so while an individual school may score higher or lower from year to year, the ranking indicates how other schools did on the same exam.
  • DSTP transitioned to a new web-based test called DCAS in 2011. A new scoring system was developed since the test was taken three times over the course of the school year.

Newark SAT scores[edit]

Class of '12 Class of '11 Class of '10 Class of '09 Class of '08 Class of '07 Class of '06
Math n/a 479 504 499 502 516 521
Critical Reading n/a 487 510 496 501 505 507
Writing n/a 465 497 482 482 493 494
Combined n/a 1431 1511 1477 1485 1514 1522
  • Class of '11, '12, and '13 scores will include the scores of all students at the school. One of the features of Delaware's successful Race to the Top application was that all public school students would have a special SAT given during school to 11th graders during the month of April (see below).

Newark School Day SAT scores[edit]

2012 scores 2011 scores
Math n/a 451
Critical Reading n/a 442
Writing n/a 434
Combined n/a 1327

Newark AP Exam scores[edit]

# of AP courses offered # of students taking exams # of exams taken # of exams with a 3 or higher % of passing scores
2002 7 158 164 83 52%
2003 8 187 203 141 69%
2004 10 208 304 215 71%
2005 25 559 605 304 54%
2006 21 358 738 368 50%
2007 23 280 448 180 40%
2008 19 220 323 175 54%
2009 18 304 487 272 56%
2010 26 320 626 358 57%
2011 41 331 442 248 56%
2012 n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a
  • In 2005, 2006, 2011, and 2012 the Christina School District paid the registration fees for any student currently enrolled in an AP class who wished to take the exam.

America's Top Schools Ranking (calculated by Newsweek and The Daily Beast)[edit]

National rank (top 5% schools) Rank within Delaware (35 possible) % graduating with a passing grade on the national exam
2006 521/1236 4/6 22.7%
2007 271/1351 2/9 27.9%
2008 1041/1358 7/9 21.3%
  • Advanced Placement courses offered are English Language, French Language, Human Geography, Spanish Language, Statistics, Calculus AB, Calculus BC, Music Theory, World History, English Literature, US History, European History, AP Biology, Physics B, American Government and Politics, Chemistry, Environmental Science, Psychology, Macroeconomics, and Microeconomics.
  • In order to make Advanced Placement courses available to all students (and to encourage students to take the exam), the Christina School District paid the Registration fee for all exams in 2005 and 2006. This has resulted in a surge of new courses being offered while also increasing the number of students enrolled in the various AP programs. These changes are reflected in Newark's inclusion on Newsweek's "Top Schools In America" list for the first time in March 2006.[11] Newark's ranking rose nearly 200 places the following year, when Newsweek published the 2007 rankings in May.[12]
  • The school remained on Newsweek's "Top Schools" list in 2008, even after the district discontinued the payment program.[13] Newark's AP program was featured in a December 2006 News Journal article discussing the rise in students from all groups taking the test.[14]
  • Starting with the 2007 tests (2006-2007 school year), students had to pay the registration fee(s) on their own unless they have a "special financial situation" that precludes them from affording the test. In such a case, the district will make-up the cost of registration.
  • Newark also has a large cadre of students involved in the Cambridge Program. The program began during the 2006-2007 school year in ninth grade and expanded to include tenth grade the following year. Newark is the first (and only) Delaware High School to have such a program. Newark's participation in this program was highlighted in a January 2007 News Journal article.[15] Cambridge participation stopped counting as part of the Newsweek calculation in 2009.
  • Newark has been a PBS (Positive Behavior Support) school since 2005 and an AVID school since 2008.

Athletics[edit]

State Championship Victories since 1942 (39 total) - Blue Hen Conference "Flight A" school [16]

  • Football (1976, 1984, 1985, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2003, and 2004)
    • NHS football last reached the state championship game in 2011 (lost).
    • Currently is the all-time leader state championship victories.[17]
    • Coach Butch Simpson currently holds the state record for most career coaching victories in football (257) - active streak [18][19]
  • Girls' swimming and diving (1978, 1980, 1981, 1989, 1990, 1992, 2003, and 2004)
  • Baseball (1970, 1971, 1974, 1984, 1990, and 1996)
    • NHS baseball last reached the state championship game in 2003 and 2004 (lost both).
  • Volleyball (1976, 1981, 1982, 1983, 1984, and 1990)
  • Boys' basketball (1982, 1987, and 1990)
    • NHS basketball last reached the state championship game in 2011 (lost).
  • Boys' cross country (1962, 1971)
    • NHS Boys' cross country finished 2nd in the DIAA Championship in 2002, 2012 and 2013.
  • Boys' swimming and diving (2005)
  • Boys' indoor track and field (2004)
  • Boys' tennis (1996)
  • Softball (1977)

Feeder pattern[edit]

In 1988 Wilmer E. Shue Middle School fed into Newark High, but it was physically located within the Christina High attendance boundary, while no middle schools were physically in the Newark High attendance boundary.[20]

Trivia[edit]

  • Krawen (the name of the yearbook) is "Newark" backwards.
  • Newark H.S. received national attention in October 2005 when two members of the Philadelphia Eagles promoted a Christian concert during a school-sanctioned assembly. Although not planned, the resulting fervor led to NHS being the center of a 1st Amendment (public schools and religious expression) debate.[21]
  • This Wikipedia entry was featured in the October 2006 edition of NEA Today. The article was entitled "Getting Wiki With It."[22]

Notable alumni[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Newark High School". National Center for Education Statistics. Retrieved June 8, 2020.
  2. ^ a b America's Top Public High Schools | Newsweek Best High Schools | Newsweek.com
  3. ^ America's Top Public High Schools
  4. ^ GRAMMY Foundation
  5. ^ "Urban High Schools" (PDF). Christina School District. 2011-06-27. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2011-06-27. Retrieved 2021-06-24.
    Older map: "City of Wilmington Feeder Pattern, Grades 9-12". Christina School District. 2002-11-21. Archived from the original on 2002-11-21. Retrieved 2021-06-22.
  6. ^ "2020 CENSUS - SCHOOL DISTRICT REFERENCE MAP: New Castle County, DE" (PDF). U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved 2021-06-18.
  7. ^ "Suburban High Schools" (PDF). Christina School District. 2008-07-01. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2011-06-27. Retrieved 2021-06-22.
    Earlier map: "Christina School District Suburban Feeder Pattern, Grades 9-12". Christina School District. 2002-11-21. Archived from the original on 2002-11-21. Retrieved 2021-06-22.
  8. ^ "Church Street Historic District". National Park Service. Retrieved 2021-07-04. 718-720 Church Street
  9. ^ "State Report Cards - Delaware Department of Education".
  10. ^ "2014 School Test Scores".
  11. ^ "Hotmail, Outlook en Skype inloggen - Laatste nieuws - MSN Nederland". Archived from the original on 2006-08-16.
  12. ^ http://www.newsweek.com/id/39380/?s=DE[dead link]
  13. ^ http://highschools.newsweek.com/topschools_cdn/2008/rank/1/?s=delaware[dead link]
  14. ^ [1][dead link]
  15. ^ [2][dead link]
  16. ^ "Delaware High School State Team Champions: a searchable database of title winners since 1942". The News Journal. Retrieved 2011-08-20.
  17. ^ "Delaware High School Team State Champions: A searchable database of title winners since 1942". Football State Champion list. The News Journal. Retrieved 2011-08-20.
  18. ^ Collins, Don (2006-08-30). "Winningest football coach at 532 and not about to stop". See table at bottom of page. USA Today. Retrieved 2011-08-20. (Article printed 2006-08-30)
  19. ^ "Newark High Football Stats (since 2006-2007 school year)". MaxPreps.com. Retrieved 2011-08-20.
  20. ^ Dennison, Sandy (1988-10-29). "Christina reassignment plans present challenge". The Morning News. Wilmington, Delaware. p. A3. - Clipping from Newspapers.com.
  21. ^ "H.S. Sorry after Eagles talk Christianity at assembly". 2005-10-27.
  22. ^ "NEA: October 2006 NEA Today - Getting Wiki With It". www.nea.org. Archived from the original on 2006-11-12.

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