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Abington Senior High School

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Grades  10th through 12th
Rival  Cheltenham High School
Mascot  Galloping Ghost
Number of students  1,745
Enrollment  1,745 (2014)
Phone  +1 215-884-4700
District  Abington School District
Abington Senior High School
Principal  Mr. Angelo D. Berrios III
Color(s)  Maroon, yellow and pink
Website  Abington Senior High School
Address  900 Highland Ave, Abington, PA 19001, USA

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Abington Senior High School is a three-year co-educational high school in Abington, Pennsylvania, USA. The school was a two-year high school known as Abington South Campus from September 1964 until June 1983. In September 1983, Abington South Campus again became a three-year high school (grades 10 through 12) and eventually changed its name back to Abington Senior High. The 2014-2015 enrollment was 1,714. The principal is Mr. Angelo Berrios. Abington students are leaders in PSSA scores in the state of Pennsylvania and have won technology-oriented awards from Dell and Microsoft.


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The 2013–2014 enrollment is 1,745 pupils with 575 in the senior class. The school has 121.70 teachers. The makeup of the student body is: 65% White; 23.55% Black; 4.5% Hispanic or Latino, 4.87% Asian or Pacific Islander, 0.01% Native American or Native Alaskan. 261 students are Free lunch eligible and 52 are eligible for a reduced-price lunch.

Graduation requirements

Graduation requirements: A minimum of 210 points (21 units) in grades 9–12 and the following course units: English (4), social studies (4), mathematics (3), science (3), arts and humanities (1), additional electives (4.6), and physical education/health (1.4).

Graduation project

By law, all Pennsylvania secondary school students must complete a project as a part of their eligibility to graduate from high school. The type of project, its rigor, and its expectations are set by the individual school district. This policy has come under heavy fire from students and parents alike, with some comparing it to sharecropping or slavery.

Advanced placement

127 candidates took 243 AP Examinations in May 2005. Of these candidates, 23 scored higher than a 3.

AP courses offered at the high school include: AP United States History, AP Biology, AP Calculus AB & BC, AP Physics B, AP Physics C: Electricity and Magnetism, AP Physics C: Mechanics, AP French, AP German, AP Spanish Language, AP Statistics, AP Environmental Science, AP Chemistry, AP Computer Science A & AB, AP English, AP Studio Art, AP US Government and Politics, AP Music Theory, AP Macroeconomics, and AP Microeconomics.


Abington is a member of the Suburban One League (SOL), National Conference. They are one of the founding members of the SOL, and one of four remaining founding schools.The school has come under fire in recent years for spending over USD $7 million on a new football stadium, while severing all ties with its ice hockey program. A lawsuit is currently pending between the hockey team and the school.


The school's mascot is the Galloping Ghost, chosen in honor of Red Grange at the time that he visited the school in 1930. Before 1967, the ghost was depicted as a sword-waving, hooded klansman. Since 1967 the ghost has had the likeness of football Hall of Fame legend Red Grange.

School district

The Abington School District has an enrollment of 7,436 pupils., which include eight other schools, the Junior High, which serves grades 7 through 9, and seven elementary schools, which are listed in order by distance from the senior high; Copper Beech, Highland, Roslyn, Overlook, Willow Hill, Rydal, & McKinley.

The Abington School District was involved in a legal case relating to prayer in school, Abington School District v. Schempp, which was heard by the Supreme Court of the United States on February 27–28, 1963. The ruling handed down on June 17, 1963 decided 8–1 in favor of the respondent, Edward Schempp, and declared school-sponsored Bible reading in public schools to be an unconstitutional violation of the separation of church and state. The Chief Justice presiding over the case was Earl Warren.

Honors and distinctions

The school was recognized as a Blue Ribbon High School in 1998–99 school year. Abington was a National Service Learning Leader School in 1998 and 2001.

In 2008–2009, Abington won the "Triple Crown" of awards for public school districts in the United States. In 2008, America's Promise Alliance named Abington one of the "100 Best Communities for Young People" for the third year. Shortly thereafter, Money Magazine/CNN named Abington as one of the "Top 100 Best Places to Live" in America. In its 2009 list of America's Best High Schools, U.S. News & World Report awarded Abington Senior High School a bronze medal.

Future President and then-Senator Barack Obama spoke at Abington Senior High School on October 3, 2008.


The school completed construction of a football stadium in 2006. The stadium is named after Stephen A. Schwarzman, an alumnus of the school.

Notable alumni

  • Wayne Ambler, Class of 1936, baseball player. Philadelphia Athletics.
  • Amar Bose, Class of 1947, expert in the development of electronic and stereophonic technology. Chairman and founder of Bose Corporation.
  • Ashton Carter, Class of 1972, United States Secretary of Defense.
  • David Christiana, Class of 1978, Professor, Department of Illustration, University of Arizona, Tucson. Illustrator and Author.
  • Ellie Daniel, Class of 1968, gold, silver, and bronze Olympic swimming medalist.
  • Susan Francia, Class of 2000, two-time gold medal winning Olympic rower.
  • Eddie George, 1995 Heisman Trophy Winner.
  • Brittany Hatch, Class of 2003, contestant on America's Next Top Model Cycle 8.
  • Florence LaRue, Class of 1960, lead singer of The 5th Dimension
  • John McNamara, Class of 1973, US Charge' d'Affaires in the Kingdom of Lesotho and the Republic of Congo
  • Bob Saget, Class of 1974, comedian and popular television celebrity.
  • Ellery Schempp, Class of 1958, leader of the Abington School Districtv. Schempp court case, which led to the banning of organized prayer in all public schools.
  • Stephen A. Schwarzman, Class of 1965, private equity financial advisor and founder of the Blackstone Group
  • Susan Seidelman, Class of 1969, Director of nine feature films.
  • Jeffrey Sonnenfeld, Class of 1972, Senior Associate Dean, Professor, Yale School of Management, prominent leadership scholar
  • Marc Vetri, Class of 1985, celebrity chef
  • Danny Woodburn, Class of 1982, actor, most famous for his character "Mickey Abbott" on Seinfeld.
  • Shawn Wooden, Class of 1991, football player. University of Notre Dame, the Miami Dolphins and Chicago Bears.
  • Maddy Evans, Class of 2009 ,Soccer player. Evans attended Penn State University and She currently plays professional soccer in the NWSL for the Orlando Pride
  • References

    Abington Senior High School Wikipedia

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