Pennsauken High School
|Pennsauken High School|
|800 Hylton Road
Pennsauken, NJ 08110
|Type||Public high school|
|School district||Pennsauken Public Schools|
|Asst. principals||Ramon Sanchez (12th Grade)
Jon Reising (11th Grade)
Tracey Turner (10th Grade)
Caroline Steer (9th grade)
Michael McGovern (Counseling)
|Enrollment||1,427 (as of 2014-15)|
|Student to teacher ratio||12.0:1|
|Athletics conference||Burlington County Scholastic League|
Pennsauken High School is a four-year comprehensive public high school in Pennsauken Township, Camden County, New Jersey, United States, serving students in ninth through twelfth grades as the lone secondary school of the Pennsauken Public Schools.
As of the 2014-15 school year, the school had an enrollment of 1,427 students and 119.0 classroom teachers (on an FTE basis), for a student–teacher ratio of 12.0:1. There were 825 students (57.8% of enrollment) eligible for free lunch and 173 (12.1% of students) eligible for reduced-cost lunch.
Students from Merchantville had attended the high school as part of a sending/receiving relationship that began in 1972, when the borough's high school was closed. In the wake of a 2015 decision by the New Jersey Department of Education, Merchantville students began attending Haddon Heights High School starting in the 2015-16 school year, as part of a transition that will be fully in place in the 2018-19 school year.
Awards, recognition and rankings
The school was the 298th-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 310th in the state of 328 schools in 2012, after being ranked 298th in 2010 out of 322 schools listed. The magazine ranked the school 290th in 2008 out of 316 schools. The school was ranked 292nd in the magazine's September 2006 issue, which surveyed 316 schools across the state.
The Pennsauken High School Indians participate in the Burlington County Scholastic League, which consists of public and private high schools located in Burlington County and operates under the supervision of the New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association (NJSIAA). With 1,068 students in grades 10-12, the school was classified by the NJSIAA for the 2015-16 school year as Central Jersey, Group III for most athletic competition purposes, which included schools with an enrollment of 822 to 1,068 students in that grade range.
The football team won the South Jersey Group IV state sectional championships in 1980, 1984, 1986 and 2011.
The school's marching band was Tournament of Bands Chapter One Champions in 1982 (Group 3) and 1985-1987 (Group 4). The band won the New Jersey state championships in 2008 Group 3 open, with the highest score of every band there.
Also, the school's marching band won state championships, Chapter One championships, and Atlantic Coast Class A championships in 2011 with their show titled "Side Show". Stealing all of the awards including : Best Auxiliary (Color Guard), Best Percussion, and many more.
Pennsauken Indoor Drumline Ensemble won 2015 WGI in Open Class with a score of 98.5.
Core members of the school's administration include:
- Gregory Munford, Principal
- Tracey Turner, Assistant Principal (9th grade)
- Michael McGovern, Assistant Principal (10th grade and Counseling)
- Ramon Sanchez, Assistant Principal (11th grade)
- Richard Bonkowski, Assistant Principal (12th grade)
- Justin Cohen (born 1982), the first EA Sports Madden National Champion on the Game "Madden 2003".
- Al Fisher (born 1986), basketball player for Kent State University; was named 2008 MAC Player of the Year.
- David Griggs (1967-1995), San Diego Chargers - played Super Bowl 1994.
- Dwight Hicks (born 1956), retired San Francisco 49ers - Super Bowl winner.
- Todd McNair (born 1965), USC Trojans football coach and former NFL running back for the Kansas City Chiefs and Houston Oilers.
- Delia Parr, author of historical fiction.
- Allen Payne (born 1968), actor.
- Stephen M. Sweeney (born 1959), politician.
- John Taylor (born 1962), retired San Francisco 49ers - Super Bowl winner and made winning TD catch with 0:34 left, in Super Bowl XXIII.
- Keith Taylor (born 1964), retired NFL.
- William Wesley (born 1964), NBA mystery man.
- School data for Pennsauken High School, National Center for Education Statistics. Accessed December 12, 2016.
- Pennsauken High School, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed June 2, 2017.
- Florio, Gwen. "LOOKING BEYOND THE SCHOOL DECISION TIME TO MAKE UP, OFFICIALS SAY, AFTER A DECADE OF FUSSING.", The Philadelphia Inquirer, September 21, 1992. Accessed July 10, 2008. "Ever since its own high school closed in 1972, the Borough of Merchantville has been sending its public school students to Pennsauken High School."
- Merchantville School District 2015 Report Card Narrative, New Jersey Department of Education. Accessed June 1, 2016. "In the Spring of 2015, Merchantville School won a ruling to start a send/receive relationship with Haddon Heights. We continue to work closely with Haddon Heights High School to ensure that our students are well prepared to meet their expectations. We will continue to phase in one grade level at a time into Haddon Heights High School until all high school students are enrolled for the 2018-2019 school year."
- Romalino, Carly Q. "Merchantville students head to Haddon Heights", Courier-Post, April 14, 2015. Accessed June 1, 2016. "An administrative law judge in March ruled in favor of Merchantville's request to end its student send-receive agreement with Pennsauken High School.... Hespe's signature, issued Friday, severs the relationship and allows for Merchantville to establish a five-year sending-receiving agreement with Haddon Heights School District."
- 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 11, 2012.
- Staff. "2010 Top High Schools", New Jersey Monthly, August 16, 2010. Accessed February 2, 2011.
- "Top New Jersey High Schools 2008: By Rank", New Jersey Monthly, September 2008, posted August 7, 2008. Accessed August 19, 2008.
- Member Schools, Burlington County Scholastic League. Accessed June 2, 2017.
- League & Conference Affiliations 2016-2017, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed January 10, 2017.
- General Public School Classifications 2015-2016, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association, as of December 15, 2015. Accessed December 12, 2016.
- Goldberg, Jeff. NJSIAA Football Playoff Champions, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed November 19, 2015.
- 2004 Boys Basketball - Central, Group IV, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed July 6, 2007.
- Tournament of Bands - Chapter One History, Tournament of Bands. Accessed July 5, 2007.
- Atlantic Coast Invitational/Class A Winners by Year, Tournament of Bands Information Archive. Accessed June 1, 2016.
- Home Page, Pennsauken Township Schools. Accessed October 24, 2015.
- Staff. "Pennsauken man wins football video game title", Courier-Post, January 21, 2003. Accessed February 2, 2011.
- McCann, Sean. "Fisher's travels result in a Big Dance chance", Courier-Post, March 20, 2008. Accessed February 2, 2011. "When he left Pennsauken High School almost four years ago, Al Fisher seemed ticketed for college basketball success, and maybe even stardom."
- All-Century Philly NFL Team, accessed April 22, 2007.
- Benevento, Don. "Together again: Pennsauken coach, player enter Hall", Courier-Post, October 16, 2007. Accessed December 18, 2007. "One of those relationships exists between Vince McAneney, the legendary former football football coach at Pennsauken High School, and Dwight Hicks, one of the school's most accomplished players."
- Todd McNair, Running Backs Coach, University of Southern California Trojans football. Accessed September 11, 2012. "He prepped at Pennsauken (N.J.) High. Among his prep teammates were future NFL players John and Keith Taylor and David and Billy Griggs (the Griggs were his cousins)."
- Nussbaum, Debra. "IN PERSON; Some Build Castles. She Writes Novels.", The New York Times, June 15, 2003. Accessed April 23, 2012. "She married shortly after graduating from Pennsauken High School in 1965, and stayed home to raise her three children. "
- Staff. "FOOTBALL RIVALRY IS A TIME FOR FUN \ THANKSGIVING IS THE DAY CAMDEN COMES OUT TO PLAY. \", The Philadelphia Inquirer, November 24, 1995. Accessed February 2, 2011. "This year there was even a movie star Allen Payne who starred in Jason's Lyric and grew up in Pennsauken in the stands".
- Senator Stephen M. Sweeney, Project Vote Smart. Accessed February 2, 2011.
- French, Alex. "Is this the most powerful man in sports?", GQ. Accessed February 22, 2009.
- School website
- Pennsauken Public Schools
- Pennsauken Public Schools's 2015–16 School Report Card from the New Jersey Department of Education
- School Data for the Pennsauken Public Schools, National Center for Education Statistics
- South Jersey Sports: Pennsauken HS
- Online Alumni Community - for alumni by alumni