Pennsville Memorial High School
|Pennsville Memorial High School|
|110 South Broadway
Pennsville, NJ 08070
|Type||Public high school|
|School district||Pennsville School District|
|Asst. principal||Alicia Busillo|
|Enrollment||463 (as of 2014-15)|
|Student to teacher ratio||8.8:1|
|Athletics conference||Tri-County Conference|
Pennsville Memorial High School is comprehensive community public high school in Pennsville Township, Salem County, New Jersey, United States, that serves students in ninth through twelfth grades as the lone secondary school of the Pennsville School District.
As of the 2014-15 school year, the school had an enrollment of 463 students and 52.9 classroom teachers (on an FTE basis), for a student–teacher ratio of 8.8:1. There were 90 students (19.4% of enrollment) eligible for free lunch and 26 (5.6% of students) eligible for reduced-cost lunch.
The Music Academy (composed of a Vocal and Instrumental Academy) and the Academy of Graphic Design in Multimedia Technology are located in the school facilities. Both of these academies are institutions hosted by Pennsville Memorial through the Salem County Vocational Technical Schools.
As of 2014-2015 school year, the school operates on a 4 block A day and 4 block B day day schedule. Each class period is 90 minutes long. Lunch is 30 minutes long. The school day officially begins at 7:40 a.m., and students are dismissed at 2:15 p.m. Lunch periods are 30 minutes in duration. The school originally had 9 period classes that were 41 minutes each (including lunch) prior to the 2014-2015 school year.
Awards, recognition and rankings
The school was the 255th-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 159th in the state of 328 schools in 2012, after being ranked 209th in 2010 out of 322 schools listed. The magazine ranked the school 206th in 2008 out of 316 schools. The school was ranked 257th in the magazine's September 2006 issue, which surveyed 316 schools across the state.
Pennsville Memorial High School Eagles compete as a member school in the Tri-County Conference, which is composed of schools whose enrollments vary greatly for grades 9-12 and operates under the auspices of the New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. With 348 students in grades 10-12, the school was classified by the NJSIAA for the 2015-16 school year as South Jersey, Group I for most athletic competition purposes, which included schools with an enrollment of 78 to 478 students in that grade range.
The football team won the South Jersey Group II state sectional titles in both 1974 and 1981. The team won the South Jersey Group I state sectional championship in 2015 against Clayton High School by a score of 28-6 in the tournament final. The team finished with an 11-1 record, and marked the first time the football team had won a state championship in 34 years and the first time they won in Group I. Every year before Thanksgiving, there's a memorial football game between Pennsville and Pennsgrove and whoever wins receive the Norm Willy Boot Trophy as a tribute to one of Pennsville's fallen coaches and former defensive lineman for the Philadelphia Eagles. Pennsville also competes for the Old Oaken Bucket Trophy, a prize for the winner of Pennsville/Salem game. The healthy competition of passing the bucket started more than 50 years ago during the first Pennsville/Salem football game. Between 1985 and 2005, Salem had a winning streak and was in possession of the Old Oaken Bucket until Pennsville won it back in fall 2005. The Old Oaken Bucket Trophy would go missing until it was found on the front lawn of Pennsville Memorial High School 9 years later.
The baseball team was the first NJSIAA baseball team to have an undefeated season, with a 25-0 season in 1981. The same year they won the Group II state championship. They would reclaim the Group II state championship in 1984, when they defeated Lyndhurst High School in the tournament final. In 1988, the team won the Diamond Classic, a 16-team tournament consisting of seven South Jersey division/conference leaders and nine1 at-large bids taken from the Courier-Post Top 20. The team won the 2002 Group I state championship with a 3-2 win against Whippany Park High School. The team repeated in 2003 as Group I state champions with a 9-2 win against Henry P. Becton Regional High School. In 2004, the Eagles would again win the South Jersey Group I championship before falling to New Providence High School 3-2 in the State Group I Semi-Final. The Eagles won the 2005 Group I state championship in similar fashion to their 2002 championship with a 3-2 win over Whippany Park High School. Also in 2005, the team defeated Gloucester Catholic High School 5-4 to win the Diamond Classic. They also received the Courier Cup, given to the top ranked team in the Courier-Post Top 20. The team won the 2006 Group I state championship with a 9-3 win over Pascack Hills High School. The six-year South Jersey Group I champion streak ended in 2008 when the Eagles fell to the Pitman High School Panthers in the South Jersey Group I sectional semi-final 3-1. In 2014, the Eagles would reclaim the South Jersey Group I title with a 12-2 win over the Glassboro High School Bulldogs. In 2016, Pennsville defeated Waldwick High School 3-2 to win the Group I state championship at Toms River East High School.
The field hockey team won the South Jersey Group II state sectional championship and the Group II state title in 1982.
The wrestling team won the South Jersey Group II state sectional championship in 1982, 1983, 1988 and 1993.
In 2007, the girls' tennis team won the South Jersey, Group I state sectional championship with a 3½-1½ win over Salem High School in the tournament final. The 2008 girls tennis team repeated as champion in the South Jersey, Group I section with a 5-0 win over Arthur P. Schalick High School. The team lost to New Providence High School 3-2 in the semifinals of the Group I state tournament.
In 2001, the girls' soccer team won the South Jersey Group I state sectional championship with a 4-0 win over Bordentown Regional High School. The girls went on to defeat Spotswood High School by a score of 6-0 in the state semi-final but lost to Glen Ridge High School 3-1 in the Group I state final as the only South Jersey team to reach a title game that year. In 2002, the team repeated as South Jersey Group I state sectional champions by defeating Riverside High School by a score of 3-2. The team made it back to the state final by defeating Shore Regional High School 2-1 in the state semi-final played at Old Bridge. The girls tied for the Group I state title with a 1-1 draw against Glen Rock High School in the final played at The College of New Jersey, finishing the season as co-champion with an 18-1-1 record. In 2007, the girls soccer team won the South Jersey, Group I state sectional championship with a 4-3 win over Palmyra High School in the tournament final.
The softball team won the 2008 South Jersey, Group I sectional title by a score of 10-0 in the final game against Gloucester Township Technical High School. The team won the Group I championship, defeating Florence Township Memorial High School 9-1 in the first round, and taking the title — their first since 2002 — with an 8-2 win over High Tech High School.
The Pennsville Pep Band was under the direction of Mr. John Carpenter and performs at various activities including football games, basketball games, etc. The newly formed pep band has replaced the "Pennsville Marching Band" which was discontinued in 2009.
Past Marching Band Accomplishments:
- 2006 Group 1A All state championships - "High Percussion, Guard, & Visual"
- 2005 Group 1A All state championships - "High Guard"
- 2005 Yamaha Cup Championship In Baltimore, MD - 1st Place
- 2004 Group 1A All state championships - "High Guard"
- 1982-1986 Tournament of Bands - Chapter One Champions
- 1981-1982 EMBA Championships—Grand Champions
Pennsville Memorial High School course selection includes the selection of three language classes, including Spanish, Chinese, or German all four years, Chinese courses 3 and 4 are honor classes offered at junior and senior year for those that had Chinese 1 and 2 or Chinese 4 honors 1, 2, and Chinese 3 honors. German 3 is an honors course offered at junior and senior year for those who've had German 1 and 2. German 4/AP course is offered exclusively at senior year for those who have had German 1, 2, and 3. Spanish 3 is an honors course offered junior and senior year for those who had Spanish 1 and 2. Spanish 4/AP is offered exclusively at senior year for those that had taken Spanish 1, 2, and Spanish 3 honors. Basic fine arts 1, 2, 3, and 4 all four years. Advanced art can be taken all four years 1, 2, 3, 4 all four years. Child care 1 and 2 is offered as a course with an on-site day care for little kids. Journalism 1-3. Computer technology classes are given as options. Medical Terminology is exclusively given an option to take only by seniors. Accounting I, II, III and IV at senior year. Advanced music can be taken all four years 1, 2, 3, 4. AP music theory can be taking during senior year. GMT can be taken all four years 1, 2, 3, 4.
Academic classes are offered, along with electives. This includes English honors 9-12 and AP at senior year, history honors 9-12 and AP at junior or senior year, science honors 10-12 and AP at junior or senior year, math honors at 9-12 and AP at junior or senior year for pre-calculus and calculus exclusively at senior year. In order to graduate, students need three years of math, one year of algebra 1, one year of geometry, and one year of algebra 2/trigonometry, three years of history, one year of world history, and one year of US history 1 and 2, three years of science, one year physical/earth science, one year of biology, and one year of environmental science or chemistry. four years of English is required to graduate. Students can choose to go beyond their requirements and take a fourth year of math, science, and history.
Gym class is given to students in grades 9-12 as it is a mandatory requirement to have pe all four years in order to graduate.
Pennsville also has a share time option with salem country vocational technical school for those who wish to take a trait over there in the morning consisting of 2 blocks and be transported to pennsville in the afternoon by 3rd block. Seniors goes to pennsville in the morning and go over to the vo tech in the afternoon.
Salem Community College dual credits program
Students who have a minimum 85 GPA and applicants who have earned 80 credits at the completion of their sophomore year and 115 credits at the completion of their junior year will be considered for the program to attend Salem Community College to get credits before graduating high school. Students in 11th and 12th grades may attend fall semester classes or spring semester classes.
Core members of the school's administration are:
- Matthew McFarland - Principal
- Alicia Busillo - Assistant Principal
- Chris Widger (born 1971), former MLB player for the Seattle Mariners, Montreal Expos, New York Yankees, St. Louis Cardinals, Chicago White Sox and Baltimore Orioles (2006).
- Norm Willey (1927-2011), defensive lineman for the Philadelphia Eagles who returned to the high school after his NFL career to coach the school's football team.
- School data for Pennsville Memorial High School, National Center for Education Statistics. Accessed December 12, 2016.
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- Academy of Creative and Performing Arts: Instrumental Music, Salem County Vocational Technical Schools. Accessed March 29, 2015.
- Academy of Creative and Performing Arts: Vocal Music, Salem County Vocational Technical Schools. Accessed March 29, 2015.
- Academy of Graphic Design in Multimedia Technology, Salem County Vocational Technical Schools. Accessed March 29, 2015.
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- 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.
- Goldberg, Jeff. NJSIAA Football Playoff Champions, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed November 19, 2015.
- Anastasia, Phil. "Football: Pennsville beats Clayton for SJ 1 title", The Philadelphia Inquirer, December 5, 2015. Accessed August 4, 2016. "The formula was fitting for Pennsville in the Eagles' 28-6 victory over Clayton in the South Jersey Group 1 title game on Saturday at Rowan University.... The victory earned Pennsville (11-1) the second sectional title in the program's history and the first since the 1981 team won the Group 2 crown."
- Staff. "West Deptford is on a torrid pace", The Philadelphia Inquirer, May 1, 2006. Accessed September 21, 2011. "One month into the scholastic baseball season, West Deptford High is 14-0 and there is conjecture that the Eagles will become South Jersey's first team to finish undefeated since Pennsville went 25-0 in 1981."
- History of the NJSIAA Baseball Championships, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed January 16, 2017.
- Burrows, Walt. "Pennsville celebrates twin titles", Courier-Post, June 9, 2002. Accessed August 2, 2007. "He didn't get the pitch he wanted, but he hit it well enough and far enough for a sacrifice fly to give Pennsville a 3-2 win over Whippany Park and the state Group 1 baseball championship Saturday at Toms River North High School."
- 2002 Baseball - Group I, Semis/Finals, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed August 2, 2007.
- 2003 Baseball Tournament - Group I, Semis/Finals, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed August 1, 2007.
- Burrows, Walt. "Humphreys, Pennsville defend title", Courier-Post, June 11, 2003. Accessed August 1, 2007. "The Pennsville High School junior right-hander pitched a four-hitter Tuesday as the Eagles defeated Becton 9-2 to capture their second straight Group 1 state championship at Toms River North High School."
- Schnatz, Pete. "Pennsville sparkles at Classic", The Philadelphia Inquirer, May 23, 2005. "That run gave Pennsville an improbable 5-4 victory over Gloucester Catholic and the championship of the 32d annual Joe Hartmann Diamond Classic."
- 2006 Baseball - Public Semis/Finals, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed May 26, 2007.
- Carchidi, Sam. "A salute to Pennsville", The Philadelphia Inquirer, May 29, 2008. Accessed September 5, 2012. "This is time to salute the losers, the Pennsville Eagles, for their remarkable six-year run in the NJSIAA baseball playoffs. The Eagles dropped a 3-1 decision to Pitman Tuesday in a South Jersey Group 1 semifinal, thus ending a string of six straight sectional titles - one shy of the area record, set by Cherry Hill West from 1987 to 1993."
- "Glassboro at Pennsville , NJSIAA Tournament, Final Round, South Jersey, Group 1", NJ.com, May 30, 2014. Accessed June 1, 2016.
- Farrell, Sean. "H.S. baseball: Waldwick eyes 2017 after falling just shy in Group 1 final", The Record (Bergen County), June 12, 2016. Accessed January 16, 2017. "Waldwick (25-6) came down to Toms River East High School vying for state championship glory, only to come up a few hits short. Pennsville capitalized on its few opportunities with aggressive play and defeated the Warriors, 3-2, on Saturday in the Group 1 final."
- History of the NJSIAA Field Hockey Championships, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed January 16, 2017.
- History of the NJSIAA Team Championships, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed January 16, 2017.
- 2007 Girls Team Tennis - South, Group I, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed October 25, 2007.
- 2008 Girls Team Tennis - South, Group I, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed October 23, 2008.
- 2008 Girls Team Tennis - Public Group Semis/Finals, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed October 23, 2008.
- Narducci, Marc. "Lenape was leader of the pack, The Indians unfurled a 17-game winning streak on the way to becoming the year's top team.", The Philadelphia Inquirer, December 5, 2001. Accessed September 5, 2012. "Pennsville was seeded just sixth in the South Jersey Group 1 playoff field, but once the tournament began, the Eagles became world-beaters.... They ended up losing to Glen Ridge, 3-1, in the state Group 1 final but should take consolation in having been the only public-school team from the seven-county South Jersey area to reach a state title game."
- 2015 Soccer Championships Program, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association, as of December 15, 2015. Accessed January 21, 2017.
- 2015 Soccer Championships Program, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association, as of December 15, 2015. Accessed January 16, 2017.
- O'Donnell, Eileen. "Eagles settle for share of crown", The Philadelphia Inquirer, November 24, 2002. Accessed September 5, 2012. "Pennsville and Glen Rock each scored a goal yesterday. Each picked a yellow card. And each wound up with a piece of a state girls' soccer championship after they finished in a 1-1 tie.... Pennsville finished 18-1-1, its only loss having come against Bishop Eustace, the state Parochial B champion."
- 2007 Girls Soccer - South, Group I, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed November 15, 2007.
- "Curry helps Pennsville rule in S.J. Group 1", Courier-Post, November 9, 2007. Accessed November 15, 2007. "Dawn Curry scored two goals to reach 34 for the season and Taylor Faunt connected on a shot from 40 yards out in overtime as Pennsville beat Palmyra 4-3 Thursday in the South Jersey Group 1 girls' soccer championship game."
- 2008 Softball Tournament - South, Group I, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed June 28, 2008.
- 2008 Softball Tournament - Public Semis/Finals, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed June 28, 2008.
- Staff. "Curry leads Pennsville past Florence to final", Courier-Post, June 4, 2008. Accessed June 30, 2008.
- Iezzi, Bill. "Pennsville starts strong", The Philadelphia Inquirer, June 8, 2008. Accessed June 30, 2008.
- Wehner, Brittany M. "Pennsville students can jump start college career with Salem Community College cohort", NJ.com, January 19, 2013. Accessed August 5, 2016. "The local high school recently partnered up with Salem Community College for the Jump Start College Cohort Program — a full year leap a head on college education.... Beginning in the morning, students will be bused to the college after first period class at the high school to take their four college courses and then return to the high school to finish their day with up to three elective courses. Through the program, the seniors can simultaneously earn their high school credits for classes they will take at the college."
- Home page, Pennsville Memorial High School. Accessed November 23, 2014.
- Carchidi, Sam. "Pride of Pennsville puts it in perspective Chris Widger is back in the majors. His biggest fan - his sister - is missing from the stands.", The Philadelphia Inquirer, July 9, 2002. Accessed September 21, 2011. "Catcher Chris Widger, the pride of South Jersey's Pennsville High, dresses now in the uniform of the most famous team in professional sports history - the New York Yankees."
- Pawling, Chris. "Norm Willey passes with great reputation left behind", The Star-Ledger, August 20, 2011. Accessed November 25, 2012. "Willey had the annual Thanksgiving Day trophy — the Norm Willey Boot, which is given to the winner of the Pennsville-Penns Grove football game — named after him.... When Willey ended his career as an Eagle, he went back to his hometown Eagles of Pennsville High School and acted as assistant coach of the football team."
- Pennsville Memorial High School
- Pennsville School District
- South Jersey Sports: Pennsville Memorial HS
- Pennsville School District's 2015–16 School Report Card from the New Jersey Department of Education
- School Data for the Pennsville School District, National Center for Education Statistics