Princeton High School (Sharonville, Ohio)
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|Princeton High School|
|11080 Chester Road
Cincinnati, Ohio, (Hamilton County), 45246
|Type||Public, Coeducational high school|
|School district||Princeton City School District|
|Principal||William T. Sprankles, III|
|Color(s)||Scarlet and Gray |
|Fight song||"Go Princeton Go"|
|Athletics conference||Greater Miami Conference|
|Accreditation(s)||North Central Association of Colleges and Schools |
|Athletic Director||Gary Croley|
Princeton High School serves grades nine through twelve. It has been educating students of Evendale, Glendale, Lincoln Heights, Springdale, Sharonville, Woodlawn and portions of Blue Ash, Deerfield Township, West Chester Township, and Springfield Township since its consolidation in 1955. From these areas, Princeton High School draws a student bodywith students from fifty-five nations and diverse racial and socioeconomic backgrounds.
Princeton High School is situated near the intersection of interstates 75 and 275 at 11080 Chester Rd. Princeton High School offers a full slate of advanced placement and International Baccalaureate courses – as well as technology, music, and athletic programs. Princeton High School is accredited by the North Central Association.
Princeton High School was established in 1955 and graduated its first class in 1959.
In 1955 the school districts of Woodlawn, Glendale, Springdale, Crescentville, Sharonville, Runyan, Stewart and Evendale, consolidated to form the Princeton City School District – taking their name from the prevalent PR phone prefix used in the area and from Princeton Pike, a major thoroughfare crossing the new district. Princeton High School was built on its current site in 1957-58 thanks to a generous donation from Marianna Matthews and has had four significant expansions in the prevailing years as enrollment at the high school has grown.
In 1970, the Ohio State board of Education merged the predominantly white Princeton High School with the predominantly black Lincoln Heights High School, bringing Princeton City School District to its current boundaries.
As of the 2012-13 school year, the enrollment at Princeton High School stands at 1,560 students, district wide enrollment is 5,650. Within those students lies a diverse mixture. Princeton City Schools has no racial ethnic majority. Our populations of African-American students, Caucasian students and Hispanic students are all under 50%. Over 35 different languages are spoken by students and families in the halls of Princton City Schools. Within the hallways of Princeton High School travel citizens of more than fifty nations – including Great Britain, Mexico, Japan, Vietnam, Italy, and many others – many of whom are foreign nationals drawn to Princeton High School because their children intend to return to Europe for college and need an International Baccalaureate diploma to do so.
Princeton High School hosts one of only 22 International Baccalaureate Diploma Programs available in Ohio and the only one locally. We have had over 125 students graduate with full International Baccalaureate (IB) diplomas. This rigorous program is recognized all over the world and helps prepare Princeton graduates for our global economy. Princeton also takes pride in the academic achievements of students not involved in the IB. Princeton offers Advanced Placement coursework in nine different departments at our high school. We have celebrated 20 National Merit Scholars in the last 5 years.
All students perform at high levels at Princeton. Princeton High School's graduation rate for 2010-11 was 96.5%--well above the Hamilton County average of 75.9%. Princeton is the only Hamilton County school district that reports a separate graduation rate for Hispanic students. We boasted a graduation rate of 91.7% for the 2010-11 school year.
While nationally the failure to graduate African-American young people is at epidemic proportions, Princeton High School has a graduation rate of 94.9% for this group of students.
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Princeton High School is one of the only schools in the state of Ohio to offer both International Baccalaureate (IB) – typically graduating an average of ten full diploma and fifteen partial diploma recipients each year – and Advanced Placement (AP) programs – with more than two hundred students enrolled Advanced Placement courses in an average year. From each graduating class, approximately one in four sits for an Advanced Placement examination during their career at Princeton High School. In a typical year, Princeton High School administers over 400 AP or IB examinations.
The IB program was begun in 1984 and has since expanded to include numerous course offerings:
- English HL
- French SL
- German SL
- Spanish SL
- History of the Americas HL
- Biology HL
- Physics SL, HL
- Mathematics SL, HL
- Computer Science SL
- Music Solo Performance SL
- Theater SL
- Visual Arts A SL
- Visual Arts B SL
The AP program coexists with the IB program, offering nine full AP courses:
- World History
- Human Geography
- Calculus AB
- Computer Science
In addition to the advanced studies programs, Princeton High School has received numerous academic accolades:
- Olympiada of Spoken Russian, state champion, 1976, 1977, Charles Williams
- Olympiada of Spoken Russian, state champion, 1979, 1980, Danny Jones
- Olympiada of Spoken Russian, state champion, 1995, Kevin J. Sullivan
- Olympiada of Spoken Russian, state champion, 2006, Maggie Foster
- Ohio Test of Scholastic Achievement, Chemistry Team, 1st place, 1981, Peter Klimko, Greg Reichard, Paul Hudak, Bob Boyd
- Ohio Test of Scholastic Achievement, Chemistry Team, 1st place, 1982, Keith Robinson, Martin Myers, Ajoy Mathew, Bjoy Mathew
- Ohio Test of Scholastic Achievement, Biology Individual 1st place, Martin G. Myers, 1983
- Ohio Test of Scholastic Achievement, Chemistry Individual 1st place, Sen-Chun Liao, 1983
- Ohio Test of Scholastic Achievement, Chemistry Individual 1st place, Sen-Ben Liao, 1984
- Ohio Test of Scholastic Achievement, Chemistry Individual 1st place, Sen-Jee Matthew Liao, 1986
- Ohio Test of Scholastic Achievement, Chemistry Individual 1st place, Janice Tsai, 1987
- Numerous National Merit Finalists – averaging 7 per year
- Perfect SAT score of 2400 by Aditya Joshi in 2005
Extra Curricular Activities
Princeton offers a wide variety of extra curricular activities - baseball, basketball, cheerleading, cross country, debate, diving, American football, golf, soccer, swimming, tennis, track and field, volleyball, and wrestling, bowling, chess, debate, academic challenge team, water polo, not to mention countless musical, common interest and public service clubs.
With regard to competitive activities, Princeton High School was a founding member of the Greater Miami Conference and its students have won numerous team and individual titles:
- Baseball, boys, champions 1970 (AAA)(won as Lincoln Heights HS, before merger) – runner-up 1974 (AAA)
- Basketball, boys, champions 1970 (A)(won as Lincoln Heights HS, before merger) - runner-up 1972, 2009 (Div I)
- Basketball, girls, champions 1987 (AAA)
- American football, boys, champions 1978, 1983, 1987 (AAA) – runner-up 1972, 1988 (AAA), 1990 (Div I)
- Golf, girls, 3rd in state 1987, 1988
- Softball, girls, runner-up 1981 (AAA)
- Tennis, boys, champions 2003(Ohio Tennis Coaches' Association)
- Track & Field, boys, runner up 1990 (Div I)
- Track & Field, girls, champions 1989 (AAA)
- Water Polo, boys, champions 1977, 1981; runner-up 1980, 1984, 1985; 3rd place 1999, 2005
- Debate, Policy Debate, state champions, 1976, Tom Schecker & David Alden
- Debate, National Forensics League, national champions, 1977, Steve Mancuso & Scott Fletcher
- Debate, National Catholic Forensics League, national champions, 1978, Steve Mancuso & Scott Patterson
- Debate, OHSSL, champions, 1981, 2-Man Debate
- Debate, National Catholic Forensics League, runner-up, 1988, 2-Man Debate
- Debate, OHSSL, runner-up, 1988, 2-Man Debate
- Swimming, girls, champion, Tracy Carey, 1977 100- and 200-yd freestyle
- Swimming, boys, champion, Jeff Gordon, 1981 500 freestyle, 1982 500 freestyle, 1983 500 freestyle
- Tennis, boys, champion, 1965, Chick Hawley
- Tennis, boys, runner-up, 2002 doubles, Will Lofgren & Tony Teufel
- Tennis, boys, runner-up, 2003 doubles, Will Lofgren & Matt Metully
- Tennis, boys, runner-up, 2003 singles, Tony Teufel
- Tennis, boys, runner-up, 2004 singles, Tony Teufel
- Track & Field, boys, champions, Preston Byars, Brian England, Ronald Hawkins, Fread Crear, 1975 mile relay
- Track & Field, boys, champion, Mike Whitehead, 1975 High Jump
- Track & Field, girls, champion, Sharon Walker, 1977 100- and 200-yd dash
- Track & Field, boys, champions, Hutchings, Munlin, Lawson, Thompson, 1983 1600-meter relay
- Track & Field, boys, champions, Wagner, Matthems, Degraffenreld, Olverson, 1986 4x800-meter relay
- Track & Field, boys, champion, Ty Olverson, 1986 800-meter run
- Track & Field, girls, champion, Shannon Danforth, 1989 high jump
- Track & Field, boys, champions, Gordon Benning, Joe Cooper, Tyrone Pates, Jason Williams, 1989 4x800-meter relay
- Track & Field, girls, champions, Tanya Upthegrove, Allyson Rogers, Renee Allen, Candice Campbell, 1989 4x200-meter relay
- Track & Field, boys, champions, Walker, Anthony, Buchanan, Mario Allmon,1990 4x100-meter relay
- Track & Field, boys, champion, Mario Allmon,1990 100-meter dash
- Track & Field, boys, champion, Jason Williams, 1992 800-meter run
- Track & Field, boys, champions, Carter, Brown, Turner, Price, 1997 4x100-meter relay
- Track & Field, boys, champion, John Russell, 2002 pole vault
- Track & Field, boys, champion, Eric Keyes, 2005 pole vault
- Wrestling, boys, champion, Charles Gayles, 1969 heavyweight
Princeton High School also has a varied slate of non-athletic extracurricular activities and clubs:
- Art Club
- Girls' Group
- Gay-Straight Alliance (GSA)
- HOPE (Help Our Planet Earth) Club
- Junior Council on World Affairs
- Key Club
- (National Honor Society)
- Photo Club
- Princeton NJROTC-(Navy Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps)
- Odin's Word (monthly student magazine)
- Omega Photography Club
- Shades of Gray (quarterly literary magazine)
- Student Council
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The music program at Princeton High School offers a wide range of performance and non-performance options for students. In a typical year, over 25% of the high school student population participates in the Princeton music program, a figure which is approximately twice the national average.
Performing ensembles include the following:
- Pride of Princeton Marching Band
- Symphonic Band ("A" band)
- Concert Band
- Wind Ensemble
- Jazz Band
- Jazz Ensemble
- Cadet Band
- Symphonic Orchestra
- Concert Orchestra
- Pit Orchestra
- A'Cappella Choir ("AA" choir)
- Choraliers for Women
- Chorale for Men
- Basketball Pep Band
- Football Pep Band
- Princeton High School Gospel Choir (non-credit)
Additionally, students may enroll in the following non-performance options:
- Piano Lab
- Music in Society
Within these organizations, instructors provide private music lessons using mobile instructors that specialize in a particular instrument. These teachers provide students with private lessons in a variety of instruments including voice. The students are able to attend private teaching during ensemble rehearsal or throughout their day if a period is open.
The music program has received state and national recognition, including the Exemplary Program Award from the Music Educators National Conference, and recognition as a Grammy Signature School. Princeton ensembles have performed several times at the Ohio Music Education Association Conference, and the A Cappella Choir was recently selected to perform at the rededication of the Ohio Supreme Court building.
Princeton ensembles have also performed at a variety of travel destinations, including Constitution Hall in Washington, Walt Disney World, the Mormon Tabernacle in Salt Lake City, as well as tours in Toronto and Hawaii.
Among Princeton students who have gone on to professional careers in music are Keith Atkinson, oboe with the San Francisco Symphony; Alan Kirkendall, principal trumpet with the Düsseldorf Symphony; and Robby Bright, professional composer and arranger.
Beyond school ensembles, Princeton students also perform in many select and honors music organizations, including District Honors Band and Choir, Southwest Regional Orchestra, Blue Ash Youth Symphony, Cincinnati Symphony Youth Orchestra, May Festival Youth Chorus, and All-State Band, Orchestra, Choir, and Jazz Ensemble.
In attempting to produce well-rounded graduates, Princeton High School also encourages community involvement in both staff and students. In 2000 Princeton High School began involvement in The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society’s Pennies for Patients campaign – renamed Pasta for Pennies in certain markets in which the Olive Garden restaurant provides sponsorship. In that first year, Princeton High School raised $7,000 through the efforts of the Key Club. In subsequent years, the campaign has grown in scope, seeing Princeton finish second in the nation – behind Orange High School in California – each year from 2001–2004, raising as much as $40,015.65 in 2004. In 2005 then, Princeton High School became the top fund-raising school in the nation by raising $35,074.95 and toppling Orange High School. Princeton High School was again the top fund-raising school in the nation in this campaign in 2008 when they raised over $46,000 during the three-week campaign.;
Princeton High School staff and students are also active in other charitable endeavors, hosting an annual Relay For Life since 2003. This event has also seen growth, raising as much as $38,000 from one over-night Relay event.
- Shane Curry, University of Miami and National Football League player (Indianapolis Colts)
- Erik Daniels, University of Kentucky and National Basketball Association player (Sacramento Kings)
- Dee Davis, Vanderbilt University and Women's National Basketball Association player (Houston Comets)
- Radhika Desai, professional chef, contestant on Top Chef (Season 5)
- Missy Doty, actress (Sideways)
- Carmen Electra, model, dancer, actress (Baywatch), protégé of Prince, spouse of Dennis Rodman & Dave Navarro
- Josh Harrison, University of Cincinnati and Major League Baseball player (Pittsburgh Pirates)
- Lance Johnson, Major League Baseball player (Chicago White Sox), 1996 National League All-Star
- Tony Snow, Fox News broadcaster, White House Press Secretary for George W. Bush
- Ken Wimmer, Co-Founder Hooters
Notes and references
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- NCA-CASI. "NCA-Council on Accreditation and School Improvement". Retrieved 2010-03-16.[dead link]
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- OTCA. "Ohio Tennis Coaches' Association Web site". Retrieved 2007-03-08.
- OHSSCA. "Ohio High School Swim Coaches' Association-Boys Water Polo State Champions". Retrieved 2007-03-08.[dead link]
- LLS. "Top 100 Pasta for Pennies schools, 2008". Retrieved 2008-08-20.
- www.basketball-reference.com. "Erik Daniels NBA & ABA Statistics". Retrieved 2011-02-27.
- Princeton High School website
- Princeton High School alumni website
- Princeton City Schools district website