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West Deptford High School

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Type  Public high school
Faculty  65.4 FTEs
Principal  Brian Gismondi
West Deptford High School
Motto  "Building Excellence and Success Through Teamwork"
School district  West Deptford Public Schools
Asst. principal  Tim Cammarota Jason Morrell Kelly Saia

West Deptford High School is a comprehensive community public high school that serves students in ninth through twelfth grades from West Deptford Township, in Gloucester County, New Jersey, United States, operating as the lone secondary school of the West Deptford Public Schools.


As of the 2013-14 school year, the school had an enrollment of 888 students and 64.4 classroom teachers (on an FTE basis), for a student–teacher ratio of 13.8:1. There were 174 students (19.6% of enrollment) eligible for free lunch and 64 (7.2% of students) eligible for reduced-cost lunch.


Core members of the school's administration are:

  • Brian Gismondi - Principal
  • Tim Cammarota - Assistant Principal, Discipline and Attendance
  • Jason Morrell - Assistant Principal, Athletics and Activities
  • Kelly Saia - Assistant Principal, Curriculum and Instruction
  • Awards, recognition and honors

    The school was the 152nd-ranked public high school in New Jersey out of 339 schools statewide in New Jersey Monthly magazine's September 2014 cover story on the state's "Top Public High Schools", using a new ranking methodology. The school had been ranked 219th in the state of 328 schools in 2012, after being ranked 182nd in 2010 out of 322 schools listed. The magazine ranked the school 185th in 2008 out of 316 schools. The school was ranked 170th in the magazine's September 2006 issue, which surveyed 316 schools across the state.


    West Deptford High School Eagles compete as a member school in the Colonial Conference, which is composed of small schools whose enrollments generally do not exceed 800 students for grades 9-12, and operates under the supervision of the New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. With 701 students in grades 10-12, the school was classified by the NJSIAA for the 2015-16 school year as South Jersey, Group II for most athletic competition purposes, which included schools with an enrollment of 496 to 778 students in that grade range. The school competes in Varsity Tier II of the South Jersey High School Ice Hockey League, a high school ice hockey league with 20 teams participating at the varsity level from South Jersey.

    The boys' soccer team was Group II co-champion with Madison High School in 1982 and won the Group III title vs. Scotch Plains High School in 1985. In 1999, the soccer team earned the South, Group III sectional title with a 2-0 win against Moorestown High School.

    The field hockey team won the South Jersey Group II state sectional title in 1994, 1996, 2003, 2009, 2013 and 2014; the team won the Group II state championship in 1996, defeating Warren Hills Regional High School in the tournament final. The team won the South Jersey, Group II state sectional in 2003 with a 3-2 win over Camden Catholic High School in the final game, avenging a 2-1 loss the previous year against the same team.

    The wrestling team won the South Jersey Group II state sectional title in 1996, 2000 and 2010; the team won the Group II state championship in 2000. The wrestling team won the 2000 Group III state championship, edging North Hunterdon High School 25-24 in the semifinal match and defeating Sparta High School 34-28 in the finals. The wrestling team took the South Jersey, Group III sectional title in 2000 with a 37-23 win in the tournament final against Oakcrest High School. In the 2009-10 wrestling season, the Eagles won a South Jersey Group II Title. Then beat 10th-ranked David Brearley High School in the state semi-finals before losing to second-ranked Long Branch High School in the finals and finished ranked 12th in the state.

    The softball team won the Group II state championship in 1996, defeating Arthur L. Johnson High School in the tournament final.

    The football team won the South Jersey Group II state title in 2002-2004, 2007, 2011 and 2012. The football team won the South, Group II state sectional championship in 2002 edging Buena Regional High School 21-20 in the tournament final. The team repeated in 2003 with a 17-12 win against Overbrook High School in the tournament final. The team won for a third consecutive year in 2004 with a 42-20 victory over Point Pleasant Boro High School. The Eagles went on to win the Group II state championship a fourth time in 2007 with a 31-17 victory over Point Pleasant Boro High School. The football team won the 2016 South Jersey Group II state sectional championship, finishing the season with a 12-0 record as they defeated Cedar Creek High School by a final score of 19-13 in the tournament final.

    Marching Band

    The school's marching band currently competes in the Tournament of Bands Chapter One circuit in size Group 2 (26-50 musicians) The band's current director is Thomas Kershaw Jr.

    WDMB was also TOB Chapter 1 Champion in group 2B in 1978

    Notable alumni

  • John Adler (1959–2011), Congressman who represented New Jersey's 3rd congressional district from 2009 until 2011.
  • Steve Rammel (born 1968; Class of 1986), retired U.S. soccer forward who played two seasons in Major League Soccer.
  • Anthony Scirrotto (born 1986; Class of 2005), free agent in the National Football League.
  • References

    West Deptford High School Wikipedia

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