William Penn High School (Delaware)
For other educational establishments with a similar name please see William Penn School
|William Penn High School|
|713 East Basin Road
New Castle, Delaware 19720
|Motto||"Where Access Meets Opportunity"|
|Grades||9 to 12|
|Color(s)||Cherry and black|
|Athletics conference||Blue Hen Conference - Flight A|
|Nickname||William Penn, Penn|
William Penn High School was established in 1849 and named after William Penn, who landed in the city of New Castle and founded the Province of Pennsylvania, which would later go on to become the U.S. state of Pennsylvania.
|Ethnicity||2012-2013 for William Penn High School||2013-2014 for William Penn High School|
|White, not Hispanic||27.9%||27.6%|
|Black, not Hispanic||49.3%||49.2%|
|Native American/Alaskan Native||.3%||.3%|
- As of the 2006–2007 school year the student to teacher ratio was 17.5 to 1.
- As of the 2006–2007 school year the percentage of students listed as "limited English proficient" was 5.0% (up from 4.2% the year before).
- As of the 2006–2007 school year 39% of the student population was listed as "low income" (down from 40% the year before).
- As of the 2006–2007 school year 13.0% of the student population was listed as "special education" (down from 13.9% the previous year).
|Ethnicity||Percentage of staff||Years of teaching experience||Percentage of staff|
|White, not Hispanic||78.8%||Less than 3 years||21.2%|
|Black, not Hispanic||19.2%||3 to 9 years||37.2%|
|Hispanic||1.3%||10 to 19 years||17.3%|
|Asian/Pacific Islander||0.0%||20 to 29 years||16.7%|
|Native American/Alaskan Native||0.6%||30 or more years||7.7%|
- As of the 2006–2007 school year 133 teachers were allocated for WPHS.
- As of the 2006–2007 school year 45.5% of the Instructional Staff held a master's degree or higher.
- As of the 2006–2007 school year five members of the Instructional Staff held NBPTS (National Board for Professional Teaching Standards) certification.
The school has a large selection of departments, including those with classes mandatory for graduation as well as various elective courses. They are:
William Penn has two gyms, two cafeterias, and an auditorium that can seat approximately 500.
The William Penn Colonials participate in the Blue Hen Flight A Conference in Delaware. Active sports include (with state titles noted) :
- Baseball (1977, 1978, 1991)
- Basketball - boys' (1996, 1999, 2001, 2009)
- Basketball - girls' (1976, 1993, 1998)
- Cross country
- Field hockey (1988, 1994)
- Football (1982, 1983, 1987, 1991, 1992, 1995, 1996, 2002, 2014)
- Indoor track & field - boys' (2001)
- Lacrosse - boys'
- Soccer - boys'
- Soccer - girls'
- Softball (1986, 1988, 1989)
- Swimming - boys'
- Swimming - girls'
- Tennis - boys'
- Tennis - girls'
- Track & Field - boys' (1996, 2002)
- Track & Field - girls'
- Volleyball - girls'
- Wrestling (1983, 1993, 1994, 1996, 2000)
(state title information not complete at this time)
- Cliff Brumbaugh, baseball player
- Brett Oberholtzer, baseball player
- Brian Oliver, professional basketball player
- Jeff Otah, professional football player, Carolina Panthers
- James "Jim" Sherman, professional baseball player and current head baseball coach at University of Delaware 
- Kyle Carter, professional football player, Minnesota Vikings
- Devin Smith, professional basketball player for Maccabi Tel Aviv
- Richard B. Weldon, Jr., former Frederick County (MD) Commissioner and member of the Maryland House of Delegates
- William Penn High School
- New Castle-William Penn Alumni Association
- William Penn Faculty Listing
- William Penn Athletics