Unionville High School (Kennett Square, Pennsylvania)

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Unionville High School
United States
Coordinates39°53′01″N 75°43′11″W / 39.8836°N 75.7198°W / 39.8836; -75.7198Coordinates: 39°53′01″N 75°43′11″W / 39.8836°N 75.7198°W / 39.8836; -75.7198
TypePublic High School
DeanRob Conti-D'Antonio
PrincipalJim Conley
Number of students1,314[1] (2015-2016)
School color(s)Navy & Gold
AthleticsPennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association
NewspaperThe Indian Post

A four-year, comprehensive high school located in Kennett Square, Pennsylvania, Unionville High School enrolls approximately 1,300 students. Accredited by the Middle Atlantic States Association of Secondary Schools, and the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Unionville High School has received state recognition for excellence and high achievement in the preparation of students for higher education. Each year, more than 95% of the Unionville High School graduating class takes the SAT examinations. Over 92% of all graduating seniors pursue some form of higher education.



Unionville has a 1:12 teacher-to-student ratio,[2] allowing it to offer a wide range of both core and elective classes for its students. Its core departments- English, Social Studies, Math, and Science- are based on a four-tier system in order to allow for the variety of student capabilities, from First Level and Academic classes to Honors and Advanced Placement ; in an attempt to broaden its curriculum, the school recently began to offer differentiated classes within those tiers, such as a choice between an American Literature Survey and Contemporary Young Adult Fiction for 11th grade Academic English students.[3] Every graduating student must take four years each of English and Social Studies and three years each of Math and Science, among other requirements.[4]


Unionville High School has received state recognition for excellence and high achievement in preparing students for higher education; it consistently ranks as one of the top public high schools in the state of Pennsylvania, according to Pennsylvania's high school's standardized tests, the PSSAs,[5] and in 2008 the Unionville-Chadds Ford School District had the highest PSSA scores in the State of Pennsylvania.[4]

College Readiness[edit]

Unionville employs a 6-member full-time counseling staff,[6] much of whose time is spent on the college application process, including meeting with every junior and senior at least once per year to determine their post-secondary educational needs and how the office can best facilitate them;[6] 94% of graduating seniors in 2008 are currently attending college, 96% of which are four-year institutions.[4] Additionally, Unionville's SAT results are significantly higher than the national average, with a combined average of 1716 on the 2400 scale in 2008;[7] there were 4 National Merit Semifinalists in 2010.[8]

Activities and awards[edit]

Unionville High School has a total of 72 registered clubs (about one club for every 20 students), including five intra-school academic competition teams (such as Debate Team and Future Business Leaders of America), four honor societies, and several national and international organizations (such as Amnesty International and Habitat for Humanity), in addition to quirks such as the Bocce Club and the Unionville Signers (promoting the education of sign language).[9]


Unionville High School is home to many successful athletic teams. Unionville had been, consistently, a dominant team in the SCCL (Southern Chester County League); however, the league merged in 2006 with the Chest-Mont League.



As of 2015-2016:[1]

Group Number of students Percent
All 1314 100%
White 1116 84.9%
Black 9 0.7%
Asian 120 9.1%
Hispanic 49 3.7%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1 0.1%
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander 1 0.1%
Two or More Races 18 1.4%


  • Male: 52%
  • Female: 48%[10]


Unionville High School was given as the alma mater of "John David Stutts", the man who (fictionally) killed "Buckwheat" (both characters played by Eddie Murphy) on a 1983 episode of Saturday Night Live.[11] The skit says Stutts actually grew up in Lima, Ohio, but the Pennsylvania-based Unionville High got the credit after the UHS drama club put on a production of "Who Shot Buckwheat?". (SNL also showed the school's real exterior on-air.)

Notable alumni of Unionville High School include Kate Barber,[12] captain of the US Women's Field Hockey Team in the 2008 Summer Olympics, and Amanda McGrory, paralympic gold medalist.

Other notable alumni include Emery Abdel-Latif, who married during the Occupy Wall Street in 2011[13] and actor Zeeko Zaki.[14]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Unionville HS". National Center for Education Statistics. Retrieved August 11, 2018.
  2. ^ http://www.publicschoolreview.com/school_ov/school_id/71143
  3. ^ "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on November 27, 2009. Retrieved January 27, 2009.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  4. ^ a b c http://uhs.ucfsd.org/counseling/2008-2009%20profile.pdf[permanent dead link]
  5. ^ http://www.greatschools.net/cgi-bin/pa/district_profile/506/
  6. ^ a b "Archived copy". Archived from the original on September 15, 2008. Retrieved January 27, 2009.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  7. ^ http://www.able.state.pa.us/pas/lib/pas/[permanent dead link] PUBLIC_SCHOOL_SAT_2001-2008.xls
  8. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on February 29, 2012. Retrieved October 21, 2010.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  9. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on February 24, 2008. Retrieved January 23, 2009.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  10. ^ "Unionville High School Student Body". US News. Retrieved 30 January 2017.
  11. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2008-10-10. Retrieved 2009-01-24.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  12. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on July 28, 2011. Retrieved February 16, 2010.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  13. ^ http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/09/17/occupy-wall-street-annive_n_1892068.html
  14. ^ "I'm a Muslim American and I Play the Hero in a TV Show. Here's What My Experience Has Taught Me About How We Can Change Hollywood". Time. Retrieved 2018-11-18.