Willingboro High School
is a four-year comprehensive public high school
that serves students in ninth through twelfth grades from Willingboro Township
in Burlington County
, New Jersey
, United States
, as part of the Willingboro Township Public Schools
As of the 2005-06 school year, the school had an enrollment of 1,272 students and 95.0 classroom teachers (on a FTE basis, for a student-teacher ratio of 13.4.
The school was the 247th-ranked public high school in New Jersey out of 316 schools statewide, in New Jersey Monthly magazine's September 2008 cover story on the state's Top Public High Schools. The school was ranked 300th in the magazine's September 2006 issue, which surveyed 316 schools across the state.
The high school was opened in 1975 as a response to the overcrowded student population at John F. Kennedy
, then the only high school in Willingboro, located just down the road on Kennedy Way. For a short time, residents were having a difficult time in deciding what to call the new Willingboro high school; some sought to name the new high school "J.F. Kennedy High School - East" while others debated on naming the school, "Robert F. Kennedy
" after the recently-decease Attorney General and senator from New York and President Kennedy's brother. A vote was taken and it was decided that the only appropriate name would be what the school is called today, "Willingboro High School." The school colors are navy blue, scarlet and white - which are the slight opposite of the school's former sister school, J.F.K. (which were scarlet, navy and white). The mascot
is the "Chimera
", a mythological monster with the head of a lion and body and wings of an eagle, opposite of the former sister school, which was a "Gryphon
The two schools were merged at the start of the 1989-90 school year, with all students attending what is now Willingboro High School.
Willingboro High School competes in the Liberty Division of the Burlington County Scholastic League
(BCSL), sports association under the jurisdiction of the New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association
(NJSIAA). The league consists of public and parochial high schools covering Burlington County
, Mercer County
and Ocean County
in central New Jersey
The girls basketball team won the 2007 Group III State Championship, defeating South Plainfield High School 53-46 for the title. The team won the South, Group III state sectional championship in 2000 with a 47-35 win against Pemberton Township High School.
Core members of the school's administration are:
- Teresa-Anne Lucas, Principal
- Lori Binczewski, Assistant Principal
- Ellis Brown, Assistant Principal
- Nython Carter, Assistant Principal