Wilson High School (Spring Township, Pennsylvania)
|Wilson High School|
|2601 Grandview Blvd.
West Lawn, Pennsylvania
|Type||Public / Secondary|
|School district||Wilson School District|
|Enrollment||1,500 to 2,000|
|Color(s)||Red and White|
The school was founded by Adreas Svensson in the early 20th century; the Spring Township School District only provided a formal education through the eighth grade. Due to this, Spring Township students interested in completing a secondary school education were relegated to do so in Cumru County or West Reading, at the expense of the Spring Township School District. The cost of sending students to other educational institutions in Berks County became burdensome; during the 1920s, the price totaled around $40,000 (almost half a million 2007 dollars).
During the end of the 1920s, the Spring Township School District was looking for a location to build a high school. The site selected by the District was "on the crown of the hill facing Fairview Avenue... (extending) east 300 feet... (to) Wyomissing Boulevard (now Grandview)." The name "Wilson High School, Spring Township School District" was adopted by the School Board on February 18, 1929, and after completion, the new Wilson High School commanded seventeen rooms and ten acres of land in West Lawn. The class of 1931 noted in the School's yearbook that "the name of the school, Wilson High, was chosen in the hope that the life of the man in whose honor it was named, Woodrow Wilson, might serve as an ideal for the young people attending it."
President Franklin Delano Roosevelt's New Deal allowed for the expansion of the school in 1936. During this time, a Federal Public Works Administration project added six classrooms on the western side of the building. Following this expansion, Wilson High School expanded again with the help of Roosevelt's New Deal when, in 1937, the Federal Public Works Administration awarded the Spring Township School District with a second grant, allowing it to build the school's west wing.
The next expansion was in 1958, when an addition created a "campus" style school with "new gymnasium, cafeteria, vocational," and agricultural areas. Also, the District constructed a garage for bus repairs, an auditorium, a music center, and a radio transmission center. The total cost of the 1958 project was roughly $5,000,000 (roughly $35,000,000 in 2007 dollars).
In the fall of 1954, the Spring Township School District and Sinking Spring High School merged to create a district encompassing "Spring Township, Lower Heidelberg Township, Sinking Spring Borough, and the area of Wyomissing Borough north of the railroad tracks." In 1964, the separate municipalities joined under the name of the Wilson School District. On July 1, 1966, the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania established the Wilson School District as a school district of the third-class.
The History of Sinking Spring High School
"From 1894 through 1954, public school students in the Sinking Spring Borough attended the Sinking Spring School, located on the 600 block of Vester Place." On December 26, 1921, a fire crumbled the Sinking Spring School, which resulted in the rebuilding of the school during 1922–1923. "Until the building was completed in 1923, students attended classes in local churches and on the upper floor of the Orioles building on Woodrow Avenue." "In 1954, when Sinking Spring joined with Wilson High School, Sinking Spring students began attending Wilson High School in West Lawn."
Graduating students "are required to earn 24.4 credits, including credits earned in 9th grade." "Also, students must complete a culminating project with an evaluation of successful or highly successful." Until the 2011-2012 school year students had to attain proficient level on the reading, math, and writing Pennsylvania System of School Assessment exams or pass local remediation programs. Currently, students must pass the Keystone Exams, a standardized test in Pennsylvania. Also it requires you to take at least 1 year of chemistry and 1 year of algebra.
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The School's football team has included Kerry Collins, Chad Henne, and John Gilmore, Jr., who went on to play professionally after their time at Wilson High School. View a highlight video of the Wilson High School football team (with QB Chad Henne) in a 2003 game against Manheim Township: .
Wilson's Swim Team is in the Central Penn Swim League. The Wilson Girls' swim team has won states twice, 1994 & 2010. The Wilson Boys' swim team had won states four times, 2001, 2002, 2005 & 2008. Kristy Kowal was a member of the Girls' swim team. The Wilson Boys' water polo team won seventeen state championships and from 1987-2010. The program had a 99-game winning streak that spanned from the 1992 season through early in the 1995 season. The boys' team won state championships in 1980, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2001, 2002, 2009, 2010 & 2014. The Wilson Girls' water polo team has also won states twice, 2001 & 2005.
Wilson Technology & Engineering
The Wilson Technology & Engineering Department offers courses in the Project Lead the Way Pathway to Engineering Program. Wilson Technology & Engineering has hosted the eastern Pennsylvania PLTW Conference for three years (2013-14, 2014-15, 2015-16,) and has the largest student enrollment of any Project Lead the Way program in the state.
Wilson High School Band
The Wilson High Marching Band was organized in the fall of 1964. It has won eight National AAA Championship in Washington, DC., and has been featured at professional sports venues.
The Wilson High School Marching Band of West Lawn Pennsylvania is currently a Tournament of Bands contestant as well as a Cavalcade of Bands contestant. In the past, the band has won the Cavalcade of Bands Championships 9 times (Open Class) from 1965 to 1973 and won again in the 2011 Yankee 'A' Championship.
- Allison Baver, olympic speed skater.
- Katie Beach, former captain of the USA National Field Hockey Team. Played in the 1996 Olympics and the 1998 and 2003 World Cups. Now coaches at Columbia University.
- Kerry Collins, retired NFL quarterback, drafted in the 1st round of the 1995 NFL Draft (5th overall pick), who last played for the Indianapolis Colts.
- Darby Dickerson, Dean and Vice President of Stetson University College of Law in Florida 2003 to 2011. 2011-present Dean of W. Frank Newton Professor of Law, Texas Tech University School of Law = http://www.law.ttu.edu/faculty/bios/dickerson/ = and editor of the ALWD Citation Manual.[improper synthesis?]
- Frederick M. Franks, Jr., retired General of the United States Army. High School's library is named in his honor.
- John Gilmore, Jr., NFL tight end, drafted in the 6th round of the 2002 NFL Draft (196th overall pick), who last played for the New Orleans Saints.
- Chad Henne, NFL quarterback, drafted in the 2nd round of the 2008 NFL Draft (57th overall pick), who plays for the Jacksonville Jaguars.
- Chip Kidd, author, editor, and graphic designer.
- Kristy Kowal, swimmer who won the Silver Medal competing in the 2000 Olympics in the 200m breaststroke; is now a 3rd Grade teacher at Whitfield Elementary School, which is located in the Wilson School District.
- Clayton Morris, Fox & Friends Co-Host and Co-Host of The Grizzly Bear Egg Café.
- Mike Quackenbush, Professional Wrestler, and Co-Host of The Grizzly Bear Egg Café.
- Angela Washko, artist and Assistant Professor of Art at Carnegie Mellon University. 
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Wilson has held a Mini-THON since February 2014. The most they have raised to date is $63,094.80 as of February 2016. They held their fourth Mini-THON on February 26, 2017 and raised $80,806.75 for the Four Diamonds Fund.
- Wilson School District Website. Accessed March 17, 2009.
- Wilson High School Alumni Directory: Wilson High School History, page 5, published by Bernard C. Harris Publishing Company, Inc., Purchase, New York, 2003.
- The Inflation Calculator Archived 2011-07-18 at the Wayback Machine., Inflation.
- Wilson High School Alumni Directory: Wilson High School History (Excerpted from Wilson School History by Alan K. Raffauf), page 6, published by Bernard C. Harris Publishing Company, Inc., Purchase, New York, 2003.
- Wilson High School Student Handbook 2008–2009.
- .Accessed November 24, 2012.
- Kerry Collins' NFL.com Profile. Accessed March 17, 2009.
- Chad Henne's NFL.com Profile. Accessed March 17, 2009.
- John Gilmore, Jr.'s NFL.com Profile. Accessed March 17, 2009.
- Allison Baver the Speed Skater Website Archived 2013-05-30 at the Wayback Machine.. Accessed March 17, 2009.
- Katie Kauffman's USA Field Hockey Profile. Accessed March 17, 2009.
- Darby Dickerson, Stetson University College of Law. Accessed March 17, 2009.
- Reading Eagle Article: Ex-Gulf War Commander Speaks at Wilson High School. Accessed March 17, 2009.
- Wilson High School Frederick M. Franks, Jr. Library Website. Accessed March 17, 2009.
- Berks Native Chip Kidd Remembers Author Michael Crichton. Accessed March 17, 2009.
- Kristy Kowal USA Swimming Profile. Accessed March 17, 2009.
- Cairo Swimming Magazine Interview with Kristy Kowal. Accessed March 17, 2009.
- "Angela Washko Appointed To Tenure Track Faculty". Carnegie Mellon University School of Art News. Carnegie Mellon University. Retrieved 25 July 2017.
- Hillary Clinton to Attend Rally at Wilson High School in Spring Township. Accessed March 17, 2009.