Cheltenham High School

Cheltenham High School
Cheltenham High School
Cheltenham High School From Rices Mill Road
Salubritas et Eruditio
Health and Education
500 Rices Mill Road
Wyncote, Pennsylvania Pennsylvania, Montgomery County, 19095
United States of America United States
School type Public
Established 1884
Status Open
School board Cheltenham Township School District
Principal Dr. Elliot Lewis
Vice principal Wanda Anderson
Vice principal Lori Felgoise
Vice principal Jill Clark
Grades 9–12
Enrolment 1439  (2010–2011)
Schedule type Semester
Schedule 8 periods
Hours in school day 7:30 AM-2:33 PM
Athletics PIAA
District 1
Athletics conference Suburban One American
Sports Golf, Football, Soccer, Tennis, Baseball, Softball, Lacrosse, Wrestling, Volleyball, Basketball, Swimming, Track and Field, Winter Track, Field Hockey, Cross Country
Mascot Panther
Team name Cheltenham Panthers, Cheltenham Lady Panthers
Rival Abington Senior High School
Newspaper 'The Cheltonian'
Yearbook 'El Delator'
Communities served Cheltenham, Elkins Park, Glenside, La Mott, Laverock, Melrose Park, Wyncote
Feeder schools Cedarbrook Middle School
The Seal of Cheltenham High School

Cheltenham High School is a public high school in Wyncote, Pennsylvania serving grades 9 through 12. Cheltenham is the Senior High School in the School District of Cheltenham Township. It is preceded by Cedarbrook Middle School, Elkins Park Middle School, and four elementary schools Cheltenham Elementary, Wyncote Elementary, Myers Elementary, and Glenside Elementary.

September 2009 marks the 50th anniversary of the current Cheltenham High School (also known by the moniker "CHS"), located at 500 Rices Mill Road in Wyncote, Pennsylvania. The previous location was at High School Road and Montgomery Avenue.

There were 405 graduates in the Class of 2009, 78 of whom earned academic achievement awards, 47 earned scholarships, seven were named National Merit Scholarship Finalists, 11 received Letters of Commendation from the National Merit Scholarship Foundation, two students were National Achievement Scholarship winners, 35 were inducted into the National Honor Society, and 46 earned athletic awards. Ninety-five percent of the 2009 graduates plan to attend an institution of higher learning, 3% will enter the work force, 1% will join the military and 1% will take a year off before attending college.[1]

The student to teacher ratio is 14:1. Student ethnicity is distributed as follows: 48% Caucasian, 42% Black, 6% Asian, 3% Hispanic, and 1% Native American.[2]

Among the school's notable alumni are Yoni Netanyahu, Israeli national war hero and leader of Operation Entebbe, Benjamin Netanyahu, Yoni's younger brother and currently Prime Minister of Israel and Baseball Hall of Fame great, Reggie Jackson.


General Information

Grades Served: 9–12
Enrollment: 1439
Student Teacher Ratio: 13.5:1
Class Periods: 47 minutes, 7 minute homeroom

Graduation Requirements

4 years of English, 4 years of Physical Education, 3 years of Social Studies, 3 years of Mathematics, 3 years of Science, 1 year of Economics, 1 year of Health, Completed Graduation Project.

School Year Layout

  • School always begins the Tuesday following Labor Day. By PA Department of Education standards, there must be a minimum of 180 school days. The school year usually concludes around June 15, depending on the amount of snow days used that year.
  • Every third Wednesday in the month, students are dismissed one hour early for department meetings.
  • All students and staff are off on the following holidays: Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur, Thanksgiving, Christmas, Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, President's Day, Memorial Day.
  • The following holidays are school days, but nonetheless are still observed, usually by a moment of silence during the morning announcements: Patriot Day, Veterans Day, Pearl Harbor Day.
  • Students and staff have two major breaks during the year, one at the end of December, usually beginning on December 23. The other major break occurs in the spring, and this break always concludes on Easter Sunday.
  • Other shorter, but notable breaks for students and staff: Thanksgiving Day Weekend (Wednesday-Sunday), President's Day Weekend (Friday-Monday), Memorial Day Weekend (Saturday-Monday).

Advanced Placement Courses

Cheltenham offers 29 AP courses, ranging from math to art. They are: AP Biology, AP Calculus AB & BC, AP Chemistry, AP Computer Science, AP English, AP English Literature and Composition, AP Environmental Science, AP European History, AP French, AP German, AP Human Geography, AP US Government and Politics, AP Comparative Government and Politics, AP Latin, AP Macroeconomics, AP Microeconomics, AP Music Theory, AP Physics B, AP Physics C: Electricity and Magnetism, AP Physics C: Mechanics, AP Psychology, AP Spanish Language, AP Statistics, AP Studio Art, AP United States History, AP World History.

Alma Mater

Hail, dear old Cheltenham
Noble and strong
Now let us raise our
Hearts to thee in song
Thy name shall honored be.
Long may it live!
Hail Alma Mater
Our hearts to thee we give.
Long may the noble walls
Echo memories dear
Fond recollections
Fill our hearts with cheer.
Loyal we'll ever be
Down to every man!
Our love we give thee,
Our dear old Cheltenham.


Cheltenham High School provides a wide range of classes for students, allowing them to customize their curriculum to their interests and future endeavors.


English is required through all four years of high school. Students learn new vocabulary, study poetry, decipher Shakespeare plays, discuss grade appropriate reading material, and are taught the correct way to write analytical essays, in preparation for college.

Social Studies

Social Studies has an assigned curriculum every year, broken down as follows. 9th grade: World Cultures; 10th grade: World History; 11th grade: American History; 12th grade: Applied Economics. There are AP courses that can be taken in addition to these requirements.


Math varies for each student depending upon which level they have tested. Typically students take Algebra I in 9th grade, Geometry in 10th grade, Algebra II in 11th grade, and Pre-Calculus in 12th grade. Some students start 9th grade at Geometry, and then finish with Calculus. Advanced students start 9th grade with Algebra II, and take Calculus II as a senior.

CHS Logo
The Logo of Cheltenham High School


For Science, all 9th graders are assigned Biology, 10th graders, Chemistry. 11th graders and 12th graders have choices such as Marine Biology, Physics, Microbiology, Anatomy, and other AP level courses.

World Languages

CHS offers four languages: Spanish, French, Latin, and German. Languages are initially introduced at Cedarbrook Middle School in 7th grade. Each language has 5 levels of curriculum, and while not mandatory, some students opt to advance to the highest level, focusing on one language.

Unified Arts

Unified Arts is a collection of courses revolving around fine arts and other types of vocations. These courses include Art (I, II, III), Technical Drawing, Photography, Architectural Drawing, Building Structures, Woodworking Technology (I, II, III), Jewelry, Culinary Arts, TV Production, Graphic Arts, Pottery, et al.. These courses can be taken as majors or minors.

Physical Education

Freshmen are assigned gym classes all four marking periods, but 10th, 11th, and 12th graders can select which gym activity they want to participate in. During the 4th marking period, students have a series of Physical Fitness Tests, to see if they qualify for the National Physical Fitness Award or the Presidential Physical Fitness Award.


Cheltenham Panthers logo
Cheltenham Panthers
School(s) Cheltenham High School
Association PIAA
Division District 1
Conference Suburban One American AAAA
Athletics director Scott Layer
Location Wyncote, Pennsylvania, United States United States
Stadium Alumni Stadium
Nickname Panthers
Colors Blue and Gold


Website Cheltenham High School Athletics

CHS is a member of the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association (PIAA), and in the Suburban One American Conference. Cheltenham offers a variety of sports for its students.

Sports for Students (boys sports listed on top line, girls sports listed on bottom line)

Fall Winter Spring
Boys: Football, Golf, Soccer, Cross Country Boys: Wrestling, Swimming, Winter Track, Basketball Boys: Tennis, Baseball, Boys' Lacrosse, Track & Field, Volleyball
Girls: Volleyball, Cross Country, Girls' Tennis, Field Hockey, Soccer Girls: Swimming, Winter Track, Basketball Girls: Lacrosse, Softball, Track & Field

Girls Basketball Team

The Cheltenham Girls basketball team by far has had more success than any other team in the school. The team won the PIAA AAAA state championship in 2000, and again in 2007. They have also won numerous PIAA District 1 titles, and also have won the Suburban One American Conference 23 times. Coach Bob Schaefer won his 700th game on February 5, 2010, and has proudly coached the Panthers for 30 years[3]. He has coached numerous 1000 point scorers, and also the WBCA All-American Forward, Laura Harper, who currently plays in the WNBA. Harper scored 2007 points during her Cheltenham Career. In 2007 (their 2nd championship year), the Panthers were honored by the Philadelphia Sports Hall of Fame with the "Pride of Philadelphia Award," along with Jimmy Rollins of the Philadelphia Phillies[4]. The award is given to individuals or teams who have "represented the Philadelphia area with dignity, determination, and class through athletic achievement[5]."


Cheltenham High School has a strong media, through the school newspaper "The Cheltonian," the school yearbook "El Delator," and various interviews, polls, and student work aired on Comcast channel 42, which is the township channel.

Radio station

Beginning on the first day of April 2012, the school will activate a student-operated radio station, broadcast on an AM frequency. Call letters WCHD (for "Cheltenham Digital") have been approved by the Federal Communications Commission, as has an antenna structure registration[6] for the 225-foot tower that will go up in 2013 along Panther Road, next to Pennsylvania Route 152. Students have generated a great deal of interest in the radio station. By the spring of 2011, membership in the Radio Club had increased to over 15 students. Cheltenham Digital will be sponsored financially in part by a grant from nearby Arcadia University.

School Events

Blue and Gold

Blue and Gold is a schoolwide event that was initiated in the 2006–2007 school year. The school is divided in two teams, last names A-K being the blue team, and last names L-Z being the gold team. Each year a theme is chosen to name the two teams, such as in 2009–2010, the theme was video games, the teams being the Blue Sonics and the Gold Warios. Any student can sign up for any event. Events vary from the Iron Chef, Ping Pong, Blind Volleyball, Simon Says, Obstacle Course, and as with many years, the deciding event, the great Tug of War. Below are the past Blue and Gold Competition Champions.

Year Winning Team Losing Team
2006–2007 Gold Fever Blue Steel
2007–2008 Blue Knights Gold Dragons
2008–2009 Blue Spartans Gold Samurais
2009–2010 Gold Warios Blue Sonics
2010–2011 Gold Pirates Blue Ninjas

Dance Marathon

For four years now, Cheltenham High School has done a mini version of Penn State's dance marathon. Students who participate must raise a minimum of $100 in order to participate. Also, students must stand for ten hours straight, and every hour, participate in a "line dance," which the staff members of the dance marathon teach throughout the day. While not doing a line dance, students have many activities that can choose from: Basketball, Volleyball, Soccer, Guitar Hero, Rock Band, and much more. All money proceeds the Four Diamonds Fund, which helps children with cancer.

Steve Daley Invitational Badminton Tournament

The Steve Daley invitational Badminton Tournament is a Badminton Invitational Tournament offered to students at Cheltenham High School. The Tournament was established in 1978 by long-time legendary physical education teacher, Mr. Steve Daley. At his proposal for a badminton tournament, many of the students were reluctant to play the sport. But as the years went on, it gained more and more popularity, and now, is one of the most popular events in the school. The tournament is an invitational, and to earn an invite, one must participate in challenge matches held before school. There are 32 invitations given out, and the tournament is bracket-style, with single elimination, with the #1 seed playing the #32 seed, the #2 seed playing the #31 seed, and so on. Below are the recent Steve Daley Invitational Badminton Tournament Champions.

Year Boys Champion/Runner Up Girls Champion/Runner Up
2011 Eliav Ehrenkrantz/Max Perilstein Breeanin Hansteen/Arielle Shoap-Hall
2010 B.J. Stuetz/Adam Goff Breeanin Hansteen/Arielle Shoap-Hall
2009 B.J. Stuetz/Murray Freedman Christie Kershaw/Marly Siegal
2008 Josh Camhi/Harry Perlstein April Doroski/Bobbie Hansteen
2006 Dave Burd/Matthew Polis
2003 Dan Solomon/Josh Ellis
Cheltenham High School from a side view


  • Fox Sitcom 'Til Death is based in Cheltenham, Pennsylvania. The school where Eddie and Jeff teach is loosely based on producer Josh Goldsmith's alma mater, Cheltenham High School.

Notable alumni

Michael S. Brown

Lockerbie Bombing

Cheltenham High School students, faculty, and staff were all in mourning upon hearing the news that class of 1981 graduate David Dornstein had perished on the Pan Am Flight 103. He was on his way back from Israel to finish a project for a New York-based organization[8]. His younger brother, Ken, wrote a book titled "The Boy Who Fell Out of the Sky" about his older brother[9].

The CHS Memorial Plaque
The memorial plaque hung in the lobby of Cheltenham High School.

September 11, 2001

The Cheltenham High School community suffered on the morning of September 11, 2001, when class of 1981 student, Andrew Kates, was killed by terrorists. Andrew worked on the 105th floor of the North Tower, for Cantor Fitzgerald as a senior managing director[10].


External links

Coordinates: 40°05′13″N 75°09′36″W / 40.087°N 75.160°W / 40.087; -75.160

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