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William Penn High School Location New Castle, Delaware Information Type Public Motto "Where excellence is the norm and the tradition." Established 1921 Principal Jeffrey Menzer Grades 9 to 12 Enrollment 2330 Campus Suburban Color(s) Cherry & Black Athletics conference Blue Hen Flight A Mascot Colonial Website Official website William Penn High School, also known and referred to 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 accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools and a member of the Colonial School District. It is the largest high school in the state of Delaware. The school mascot is the Colonial. Contents 1 History 2 Student Demographics 2.1 Students 2.2 Faculty 2.3 William Penn AP Exam Scores 3 Departments 3.1 School Areas 4 Athletics 5 Notable alumni 6 See also 7 References 8 External links History 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 Students Ethnicity 2007-2008 for William Penn High School 2006-2007 for William Penn High School White, not Hispanic 37.7% 34.5% Black, not Hispanic 47.8% 50.6% Hispanic 11.6% 12.1% Asian/Pacific Islander 2.5% 2.6% Native American/Alaskan Native .4% .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% from previous year) Faculty 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 Masters 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. William Penn AP Exam Scores # of AP Courses Offered # Enrolled # of exams taken # of exams with a 3 or higher  % of Passing Scores 2004 5 98 83 38 46% 2005 8 128 89 48 54% 2006 8 120 104 66 64% Departments The school has a large selection of departments including those with classes mandatory for graduation as well as various elective courses. They are: Agriculture Art Business Education English Foreign Language Foreign Integration Math Music Physical Education Science Social Studies Special Education Technical Education JROTC School Areas William Penn has one library, two gyms, two cafeterias, and an auditorium that can seat approx. 500. Athletics 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, 2006) Golf Lacrosse-Boys Soccer-Boys Soccer-Girls Softball (1986, 1988, 1989) Swimming-Boys Swimming-Girls Tennis-Boys Tennis-Girls Track & Field-Boys (1996) Track & Field-Girls Volleyball-Girls Wrestling (1983, 1993, 1994, 1996, 2000) (State title information not complete at this time) William Penn also prides itself on sportsmanship. The school has won the DIAA State Sportsmanship Award an unprecedented 12 years in a row. They were also one of 8 schools in the country to receive the National Sportsmanship award. The WP athletic staff try to influence this by having school sportsmanship weeks, and writing prompts in English class. Notable alumni Richard B. Weldon, Jr. - member, Maryland House of Delegates See also List of high schools in Delaware Colonial School District (Delaware) William Penn References Delaware School Profile Information External links William Penn High School New Castle-William Penn Alumni Association William Penn Faculty Listing William Penn Athletics v · d · e Education of Delaware Topics Architecture  • Communications  • Culture  • Economy  • Education  • Geography  • Government  • History  • Images  • Landmarks  • Law  • Military  • People  • Politics  • Sports  • Symbols  • Transportation Colleges and universities Delaware College of Art and Design  • Delaware State University  • Delaware Technical & Community College  • Goldey-Beacom College  • University of Delaware  • Wesley College  • Widener University School of Law  • Wilmington University Schools Athletic conferences  • High schools  • Charter schools  • Private schools  • Vocational and technical schools Public schools Appoquinimink  • Brandywine  • Caesar Rodney  • Cape Henlopen  • Capital  • Christina  • Colonial  • Delmar  • Indian River  • Lake Forest  • Laurel  • Milford  • NCC Votech  • Polytech  • Red Clay  • Seaford  • Smyrna  • Sussex Technical  • Woodbridge Coordinates: 39°40′07″N 75°35′04″W / 39.6687°N 75.5845°W / 39.6687; -75.5845