Alexis I. duPont High School is a public high school located in Greenville, Delaware, USA, a suburb of Wilmington. It is one of three high schools in the Red Clay Consolidated School District.
Founded in 1893, Alexis I. duPont (A.I.) is the oldest public school in Delaware. It was founded in its current form in 1966, when the old high school was re-purposed as a middle school to handle grades 5 through 8. The students of A.I. come from Wilmington and its suburbs, including Hockessin, Centreville, Elsmere, Greenville, and Newport. The school population is approximately 1,300 and increases each year.
In the 2006 Newsweek
rankings, A.I.'s ranking on the list of Best Public High Schools increased to #305 from #430 in 2005. The ranking calculates an index - the number of Advanced Placement
exams taken in 2005 divided by the number of graduating members of the class of 2005. Another important number on the rankings is the percentage of students on subsidized lunches, which indicates socioeconomic diversity. In contrast to other higher ranking schools with single digit subsidized lunch rates, 31.0% of the A.I. student body receives subsidized lunch. In the 2007 Newsweek
rankings, A.I. again made the list for the 4th time at #358.
Many college-bound students attending A.I. go on to attend the University of Delaware
. However, in recent years, A.I. students have been accepted to every Ivy League
university, and numerous other top institutions.
Every year before graduation is held, an awards night honors A.I.'s top students. The highest award presented
is the prestigious Kuespert Excelsior Award, given to a graduating senior who best exemplified the ideals of the school, through excellence in academics, leadership, community service, and athleticism.
A.I., a member of the Delaware Interscholastic Athletic Association
, participates in Flight A of the Blue Hen Conference
. A.I. is a perennial contender in many sports. In 2007, A.I. sent four Spring Track women athletes, 3 seniors and 1 sophomore, to the National Track and Field Championships in North Carolina for the 4x400 meter race. A.I. participates in the following DIAA
A.I. also sports an ice hockey team, although ice hockey is not an official DIAA sport. The team participates in the Delaware Scholastic Hockey Association league, which plays games at the Pond Ice Arena.
The 280 member Tiger Marching Band has a history of participation in outstanding musical, cultural and sports events across the nation and the globe. The Tigers have been described as "Probably the nation’s most televised high school band", having appeared in the Pasadena Tournament of Roses Parade
in 1990, 1995, 1999 and 2004; in 2008 they will become one of three bands outside California
to take part five times. Other notable appearances by the Tiger Marching Band include the parades of the Orange Bowl
and Fiesta Bowl
, the St. Patrick's Day Parade
in Dublin, Ireland
), and New Year's Day Parades
) and Rome
(2007). The Tiger Marching Band takes great pride in the community. It has attended the 6abc Boscov's Thanksgiving Day Parade
in Philadelphia, PA
and the Latin American and Christmas Parades in Wilmington for many years. The band is a student-run organization in which students, specifically an executive board of seniors, make nearly all of the governing decisions.
Vocal music at A.I. comprises several different ensembles, including a concert and a chamber choir, designed to meet the variety of needs, talents, and interests of high school vocalists. The program has evolved from what was once an after-school, Tuesday night elective as recently as 1996 to a formidable collection of high school ensembles.
- A.I. is the only school in the state of Delaware with a working observatory, which is used by the earth sciences class and the astronomy club.