William Penn High School (Delaware)

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William Penn High School
William Penn High School, DE.JPG
Location
713 East Basin Road
New Castle, Delaware 19720
Information
Type Public
Motto "Where Access Meets Opportunity"
Established 1921
Principal Brian Erskine
Grades 9 to 12
Enrollment 2330
Campus Suburban
Color(s) Cherry and black
Athletics conference Blue Hen Conference - Flight A
Mascot Colonial
Nickname William Penn, Penn
Website

William Penn High School, also known as William Penn or simply Penn, is a four-year comprehensive, coeducational public high school located in New Castle, Delaware, United States.

The school is a member of the Colonial School District, and is the largest high school in the state of Delaware. The school mascot is the Colonial.

History[edit]

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.

Student demographics[edit]

Students[edit]

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%
Hispanic 19.0% 18.2%
Asian/Pacific Islander 2.8% 3.4%
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).

Faculty[edit]

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.

Departments[edit]

The school has a large selection of departments, including those with classes mandatory for graduation as well as various elective courses. They are:

School areas[edit]

William Penn has two gyms, two cafeterias, and an auditorium that can seat approximately 500.

Athletics[edit]

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)
  • Cheerleading
  • Cross country
  • Field hockey (1988, 1994)
  • Football (1982, 1983, 1987, 1991, 1992, 1995, 1996, 2002, 2014)
  • Golf
  • 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)

Notable alumni[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Ireland, Jack (May 24, 2010). "Oberholtzer writing a success story". The News Journal. Retrieved August 2, 2013.  (subscription required)
  2. ^ http://www.udel.edu

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 39°40′07″N 75°35′04″W / 39.6687°N 75.5845°W / 39.6687; -75.5845