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Sussex Technical High School

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Coordinates  38.6437, -75.4430
Established  1961
Enrollment  1,309 (Fall 2012)
Phone  +1 302-856-0961
Type  Public secondary
Grades  9-12
Yearbook  Ever
Principal  John Demby
Motto  A National School of Excellence
Address  17099 County Seat Hwy, Georgetown, DE 19947, USA
District  Sussex Technical School District

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Sussex Technical High School is a public high school in Georgetown, Delaware. Its enrollment at last count was roughly 1,300 students. As a choice school, each year over 600 eighth-grade students in Sussex County apply for 300 openings. The mascot is for the school a raven.

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Also known as Sussex Tech, the school was one of two Delaware high schools recognized by the U.S. Department of Education as a Blue Ribbon School in 2008 for academic achievement. It was previously selected by the Department of Education in 1996 as one of ten showcase site schools, receiving the New American High Schools award for high levels of success.

The school is operated by Sussex Technical School District, an overlay district serving all of Sussex County.

History

Built in 1961, Sussex Tech started as the Sussex Vocational-Technical High School. At that time, it provided students career training to prepare Sussex County students to enter the workforce after high school graduation. Students would spend half the day at their home high school, then spend the rest of the day at Sussex Tech learning a trade.

Sussex Tech became a full-time high school in 1991, offering a comprehensive program of academic courses as well as technical education. With additions, the school grew to a total of 82 classrooms. By 2009, Sussex Tech had 16 technical fields of study from which students could choose.

More students were accepted into the school in the 2012-2013 school year, making it one of Sussex Tech's most historical years. Also, Sussex Tech's Raven Nation Marching Band was featured in Chicago's McDonald's Thanksgiving Parade in 2012.

School library

With its full-time conversion in 1991, Sussex Tech also opened its own library and hired a librarian. This project started in a small storage room with a desk, chair, one computer and no books. It quickly filled to capacity.

In 2000, the school opened its current library, known as the Benjamin Franklin Information Center. The new library emphasized the school's technical focus, relying on computer workstations for access to resources in external networks. Sussex Tech's library led the state of Delaware by 2007, with 75 computers available for its students.

During 2007, the school library also became the first to implement Delaware's Statewide Library Catalog and Schoolrooms system, an interface allowing students to reserve and request books from any library in the state, and also providing online access to magazines and newspapers. Books requested from other locations through the statewide system are delivered to the school's library.

School awards

  • U.S. Department of Education Blue Ribbon School (2008)
  • Selected by the U.S. Department of Education and National Center for Research in Vocational Education as a New American High Schools|New American High School (1996).
  • Selected by the State Board of Education to be a State Blue Ribbon High School (2008).
  • Delaware Department of Education Superior Rating
  • Selected by the Library of Congress as a "Library of the Future"
  • Athletics

    Sussex Technical High School's athletic teams participate in the Henlopen Conference. As one of the larger high schools, based on enrollment, Sussex Tech competes in the Henlopen North division. (The largest schools of the conference belong to the Henlopen North division, which is a size category rather than geographic. Smaller schools belong to the Henlopen South division.)

    References

    Sussex Technical High School Wikipedia


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