Penncrest High School

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Penncrest High School
134 Barren Road
Media, PA 19063
Established 1955
School district Rose Tree Media School District
Principal Ralph Harrison
Faculty 97
Grades 9-12
Number of students ~1,300
Color(s) Red & Gold
Athletics Central League, AAA/AAAA,[1]
Mascot Lion
Feeder schools Springton Lake Middle School
Information 610-627-6200

Penncrest High School is a public four-year comprehensive high school in Middletown Township, Delaware County, Pennsylvania, United States. The school is currently led by Principal Ralph Harrison who came to the position after serving as Assistant Principal for a number of years. The school offers more than 200 courses and 17 AP programs. Penncrest students score in the top 25 percent of the state on the PSSA.The high school boasts a 100% graduation rate, with more than 90% of the students continuing with higher education pursuits.

Penncrest is known for its awarding winning academic teams including its National Championship Envirothon Team, Delaware County and National Championship Hi-Q team, regional winning Physics Olympic Team, and National 4th Place Science Olympiad Team. In addition, the school supports a wide range of high quality co-curricular and athletic programs, through which the students are able to pursue their interests music, the creative and performing arts, world language, business education, and sports. The school also offers special programs that focus on community service. Examples include a successful annual blood drive, sponsored by the National Honor Society members and recognized by the American Red Cross, participation in Habitat for Humanity projects, and an annual Canned Food Drive.

In the past 5 years graduates have attended over 200 colleges, located in 40 states, the District of Columbia and in other countries. Penncrest's curriculum emphasizes proficiency in essential skills and is among the top scoring school on the Pennsylvania State School Assessment in reading, math, science and writing. Students with unique behavioral or educational needs attend the district's Simon Youth Academy, a unique alternative school program.

Extracurricular activities[edit]

Clubs and Societies[edit]

Academic Teams[edit]

  • Hi-Q - the oldest academic quiz competition in the United States, begun in 1948. Delco Champions (1999, 2000, 2003, 2009, 2010, 2013, 2015), National Champions (2015)
  • Envirothon - PA State Champions (2000, 2002, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2014, 2015, 2016),[3] North American Champions (2000, 2005, 2009)
  • Physics Olympics - a regional competition combining problem solving and various construction oriented competitions. Penncrest holds two national records for consecutive championships and consecutive meets won
  • Science Olympiad - PA State Champions (2014), PA State 2nd Place finalists (2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2013); National results: 8th in 2004; 11th in 2005; 5th in 2006; 7th in 2007; 8th in 2008; 6th in 2009; 4th in 2010; 4th in 2011; 14th in 2013; 8th in 2014



Baseball, Basketball, Cross Country Running, American football[citation needed], Golf, Field Hockey, Lacrosse, Softball, Track and Field, Wrestling, Tennis, Soccer, Swimming, Diving, Volleyball, Ice hockey (Played at Aston IceWorks).

Penncrest competes in the Central League, District One, of the PIAA (Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association). As of April 2012, the PIAA classes Penncrest as AAA for purposes of competition in Cross Country, Track and Field, Tennis, Soccer, Field Hockey, and Football.[4]

Individual and team State Champions include the following:

  • Bob Desiderio, boys gymnastics, floor exercise, rings, horizontal bar, and all around championship, 1974[5]
  • Daryl Dixon, boys AAA high jump 1983[6]
  • Caryn Lindsey, girls AAA high jump 1983[7]
  • Lisa Hunter, girls 100 meter dash, 1985[8]
  • Lisa Hunter, girls 300 meter hurdles, 1985[9]
  • Kate Fonshell, girls 1600 meter run 1986[10]
  • Sandy Kestner, girls 400 meter dash 1995[11]
  • Therasha Franklin, girls 800 meter run, 1995[12]
  • Therasha Franklin, girls 400 meter dash, 1996[13]
  • Rachel Hixson, girls 3200 meter run, 1997[14]
  • Jodi Reid, Sandy Kestner, Rachel Hixson, Ayanna Mackins, girls indoor 4x880 yard relay, 1996[15]
  • Ice Hockey, 2005[16]
  • Karen Shump, girls AAA shot put, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008[17]
  • Karen Shump, girls AAA discus, 2008[18]

2014 PIAA boy lacrosse state champions defeating Avon Grove 12-7


Penncrest High School offers a variety of courses in a wide range of academic subject areas. Students are able to study courses in Art, Business Education, ESL, Family & Consumer Sciences, English, Mathematics, Music, Physical Education & Health, Science, Social Studies, Special Education, Technology Education, and World Languages. More than 200 courses and 17 AP programs are offered.
The rigor of courses at the school follows a four level setup: Advanced Placement (AP), Level 1 (Advanced), Level 2 (Honors), and Level 3 (Academic). Many juniors and seniors challenge themselves in the numerous Advanced Placement courses offered by the school. These include: AP English Language & Composition, AP English Literature & Composition, AP Calculus AB, AP Calculus BC, AP Statistics, AP Music Theory & Composition, AP Biology, AP Chemistry, AP Environmental Science, AP Physics 1, AP Physics C: Mechanics, AP US History, AP European History, AP Microeconomics, AP Macroeconomics, AP US Government & Politics, AP French Language, and AP Spanish Language. In the 2010-2011 school year, Penncrest also added Mandarin Chinese to its course offerings, attracting enough students to fill two classes. Since the 2013 school year, sophomores have been permitted to take select AP courses including AP Physics 1, AP Statistics, and AP United States History.

Notable Alumni[edit]


  1. ^ PIAA - Schools - Directory - Penncrest High School. The Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association, Inc.
  2. ^ "Penncrest Administration". Retrieved 12 March 2013. 
  3. ^ Pennsylvania Envirothon - History.
  4. ^ accessed April 16, 2012.
  5. ^ Delaware County Daily Times, March 5, 1974. p.14.
  6. ^ Don Mckee "Davis and Sowell..." Philadelphia Inquirer, May 29, 1983. D.8.
  7. ^ Don Mckee "Davis and Sowell..." Philadelphia Inquirer, May 29, 1983. D.8.
  8. ^ accessed April 16, 2012
  9. ^ accessed April 16, 2012
  10. ^ accessed April 16, 2012
  11. ^ accessed April 16, 2012
  12. ^ accessed April 16, 2012
  13. ^ accessed April 16, 2012
  14. ^ accessed April 16, 2012
  15. ^ Ira Josephs, "When her coach has big plans, Jodi Reid of Penncrest delivers...." Philadelphia Inquirer January 7, 1999. B.6.
  16. ^ Keith Pmpey, "Malvern Prep and Penncrest aim to add to Flyers Cup Trove," Philadelphia Inquirer, February 20, 2006. F.11.
  17. ^ Keith Pompey, "Shump shows emotion after making history: the Penncrest senior is the first girl to win four state Class AAA shot-put crowns" Philadelphia Inquirer, May 24, 2008. C.10.
  18. ^ Keith Pompey, "Taking a closer look at the girls' first team honorees," Philadelphia Inquirer, June 1, 2008. E.12.
  19. ^ "Rose Tree Media Alumni Hall of Fame". Rose Tree Media School District. Retrieved 2012-11-22. 
  20. ^ "Rose Tree Media Alumni Hall of Fame". Rose Tree Media School District. Retrieved 2012-11-22. 
  21. ^ "Rose Tree Media Alumni Hall of Fame". Rose Tree Media School District. Retrieved 2012-11-22. 
  22. ^ "Rose Tree Media Alumni Hall of Fame". Rose Tree Media School District. Retrieved 2012-11-22. 
  23. ^ "Rose Tree Media Alumni Hall of Fame". Rose Tree Media School District. Retrieved 2015-03-22. 
  24. ^ "Rose Tree Media Alumni Hall of Fame". Rose Tree Media School District. Retrieved 2012-11-22. 
  25. ^ "Rose Tree Media Alumni Hall of Fame". Rose Tree Media School District. Retrieved 2012-11-22. 

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Coordinates: 39°55′22″N 75°25′54″W / 39.9229°N 75.4316°W / 39.9229; -75.4316