East Stroudsburg High School South

East Stroudsburg Senior High School South is a public high school located at 279 North Courtland Street in East Stroudsburg, in Monroe County, Pennsylvania. The school's mascot is the cavalier. The school is part of the East Stroudsburg Area School District. The school's total enrollment is 1501 students.[2] Overall, the student to teacher ration is 1 teacher to 13.0 students, as opposed to the state average of 1 to 15. The student body is 62.9% White, 17.6% African American, 17.1% Hispanic or Latino of any race, 2.3% Asian American, and less than 1% Native American. The administration reports that 39.2% of the student body is currently eligible for reduced or free lunch due to family poverty.

East Stroudsburg High School South
279 North Courtland Street

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United States
Coordinates41°00′22″N 75°11′09″W / 41.00621°N 75.18579°W / 41.00621; -75.18579Coordinates: 41°00′22″N 75°11′09″W / 41.00621°N 75.18579°W / 41.00621; -75.18579
MottoSuccess for All
School districtEast Stroudsburg Area School District
CEEB code391150
PrincipalMr. Michael Catrillo
Teaching staff86.00 (FTE)[1]
Enrollment1,329 (2017–18)[1]
Student to teacher ratio15.45[1]
Color(s)Purple and White    
AthleticsEastern Pennsylvania Conference
NicknameCavs, Eastburg, South
RivalStroudsburg High School, East Stroudsburg High School North
NewspaperThe Cavalier Times
Feeder schoolsJ. T. Lambert Intermediate School

According to an enrollment study done by the district's administration in 2012, the school faces a steady decline in enrollment. 2010-11 - 1520 students, 2011-12 - 1474 students, Projections: 2012-13 - 1454 students, 2013-14 - 1356 students, 2014-15 - 1303 students. Cumulatively, the administration expects a loss of 217 students at East Stroudsburg Senior High School South, by 2015.[3]

In 2013, East Stroudsburg South was awarded a Bronze Medal by the U.S. News & World Report.[4]


The current principal is Mr. Michael Catrillo who replaced Ms. Lois Palio in the summer of 2010.

College Remediation RateEdit

According to a Pennsylvania Department of Education study released in January 2009, 28% of the East Stroudsburg Area School District graduates required remediation in mathematics and or reading before they were prepared to take college level courses in the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education or community colleges.[5] Less than 66% of Pennsylvania high school graduates, who enroll in a four-year college in Pennsylvania, will earn a bachelor's degree within six years. Among Pennsylvania high school graduates pursuing an associate degree, only one in three graduate in three years.[6] Per the Pennsylvania Department of Education, one in three recent high school graduates who attend Pennsylvania's public universities and community colleges takes at least one remedial course in math, reading or English.


In 2011, East Stroudsburg Senior High School South achieved Making Progress: in Corrective Action II status due to making ayp and fulfilling 25 out of 25 areas. Additionally, the school improvement team was required by the Pennsylvania Department of Education to develop a School Improvement Plan to raise student achievement in core subjects, which it successfully submitted for approval. T

Graduation rateEdit

East Stroudsburg Senior High School South's graduation rate was 95% in 2011 and in 2010.[7]

Core AcademicsEdit

PSSA Results

11th Grade Reading

  • 2011 - 78% on grade level, (7% below basic). State - 69.1% of 11th graders are on grade level.[8]
  • 2010 - 73% (11% below basic). State - 66%[9]
  • 2009 - 74% (9% below basic). State - 65%[10]
  • 2008 - 69% (14% below basic). State - 65%[11]
  • 2007 - 66% (15% below basic). State - 65%[12]

11th Grade Math:

  • 2011 - 63% on grade level (11% below basic). State - 60.3%[13]
  • 2010 - 64% (20% below basic). State - 59%
  • 2009 - 59% (17% below basic). State - 56%.
  • 2008 - 47% (26% below basic). State - 56%
  • 2007 - 48% (28% below basic). State - 53%

11th Grade Science:

  • 2011 - 53% on grade level (7% below basic). State - 40%[14]
  • 2010 - 42% (11% below basic). State - 39%
  • 2009 - 47% (12% below basic). State - 40%[15]
  • 2008 - 32% (14% below basic). State - 39%

SAT ScoresEdit

From January to June 2011, 228 East Strousburg Area High School South students took the SAT exams. The school's Verbal Average Score was 478. The Math average score was 478. The Writing average score was 470.[16] Pennsylvania ranked 40th among states with SAT scores: Verbal - 493, Math - 501, Writing - 479.[17] In the United States 1.65 million students took the exam in 2011. They averaged 497 (out of 800) verbal, 514 math and 489 in writing.[18]

Dual enrollmentEdit

Both East Stroudsburg Area High Schools offer a Dual Enrollment program. This state program permits high school students to take courses, at local higher education institutions, to earn college credits. Students remain enrolled at their high school. The courses count towards high school graduation requirements and towards earning a college degree. The students continue to have full access to activities and programs at their high school, including the graduation ceremony. The college credits are offered at a deeply discounted rate. The state offers a small grant to assist students in costs for tuition, fees and books.[19] Under the Pennsylvania Transfer and Articulation Agreement, many Pennsylvania colleges and universities accept these credits for students who transfer to their institutions.[20] For the 2009-10 funding year, the school district received a state grant of $20,616 for the program.[21]

AP CoursesEdit

All exams are offered, but the following AP exams have corresponding classes that are available at this school:

  • Biology
  • Calculus AB
  • Calculus BC
  • Chemistry
  • Computer Science
  • English Language and Composition
  • English Literature and Composition
  • French Language
  • Government and Politics: U.S.
  • Physics
  • Psychology
  • U.S. History

Graduation requirementsEdit

East Stroudsburg Area School Board has determined that a pupil must earn 26 credits to graduate including: Math 4 credits, English 4 credits, social studies 4 credits, science 3 credits, Technology 1 credit, Physical Education 1.0 credits, Drivers Ed, Humanities 2 credits and electives.[22]

By law, all Pennsylvania secondary school students must complete a project as a part of their eligibility to graduate from high school. The type of project, its rigor and its expectations are set by the individual school district.[23] The district requires students to complete a career exploration project and a research paper.[24]

By Pennsylvania School Board regulations, for the graduating class of 2016, students must demonstrate successful completion of secondary level course work in Algebra I, Biology, English Composition, and Literature for which the Keystone Exams serve as the final course exams. Students’ Keystone Exam scores shall count for at least one-third of the final course grade.[25][26][27] In 2011, Pennsylvania high school students field tested the Algebra 1, Biology and English Lit exams. The statewide results were: Algebra 1 38% on grade level, Biology 35% on grade level and English Lit - 49% on grade level.[28] Individual student, school or district reports were not made public, although they were reported to district officials by the Pennsylvania Department of Education.


The school utilizes block scheduling. Each block is 90 minutes long. Most classes only last for one semester. Each period is 45 minutes long, with the exception of those during block 3. 1st and 2nd periods are in Block 1, 3rd and 4th periods are in Block 2, and 9th and 10th periods are in Block 4. Block 3 is 120 minutes long and the four periods are each 30 minutes long, one of which will be lunch. Normally on a student's schedule it may say a class, then lunch, and then back to the original class. This means that in the middle of the class, the bell will ring to signal that the class should go to lunch. After lunch, the class will then return.

School MapEdit

The school is split into 2 divisions: the Maple Building and the regular building. These two buildings are connected by a single hallway, which runs by the cafeteria.

South Side LiveEdit

Every morning after first block, teachers turn on their TVs for South Side Live, a student broadcast, which is generally about 10 minutes long. It is a morning announcement about updates in the school such as weather, announcements for activities, and sports. It will often include special videos, that can feature special school events or important events occurring in the world. The school's Studio Broadcasting class produces the broadcast.

Due to the new Covid-19 scheduling, South Side Live is now only shown once a week.


The district offers a variety of clubs, activities and sports. Eligibility for participation is determined by school board policy.

By Pennsylvania law, all K-12 students in the district, including those who attend a private nonpublic school, cyber charter school, charter school and those homeschooled, are eligible to participate in the extracurricular programs including all athletics. They must meet the same eligibility rules as the students enrolled in the district's schools.[29] The extracurriculars are also open to students enrolled at the District's Virtual Academy.


East Stroudsburg South is a member of the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference and District XI of Pennsylvania.

East Stroudsburg South has a thriving athletic tradition. Many of its teams have won several awards throughout the school's history. Current sports offered at this school are the following, along with their records for the most recent competition season in parentheses:


The boys' 1993–94 basketball team advanced to the District XI AAAA Basketball semi-finals eventually losing to the State Champion Chester High School
The boys' 1995 football team won the District XI championship beating Stroudsburg High School and then lost to Plymouth-Whitemarsh High School in the state playoffs.
The girls' 2006–07 basketball team advanced the PIAA quarterfinal playoffs, but lost to Council Rock North High School.
The boys' 2009 football team advanced to the District XI semifinals before losing to Parkland High School.
The boys' 2010 football team advanced to the District XI semifinals before losing to Easton Area High School
The girls' 2011 tennis team advanced to the District XI finals before losing to Parkland High School.
The boys' 2017–18 basketball team won the District XI championship beating Northampton High School after winning the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference Mountain Division title and advanced to the PIAA first round before losing to Neshaminy High School
The boys' 2018 football team beat Pocono Mountain East High School to win the District XI AAAAA championship.
The coed cheerleading team beat Pocono Mountain West to win the 2018-2019 District XI Coed Cheerleading championship.

Turkey Day RivalryEdit

East Stroudsburg High School has always found a firm rivalry with its neighbors Stroudsburg High School. They have played every year since 1945, and starting in 1952—with a few exceptions—the teams have met on Thanksgiving morning is what is known as the Turkey Day Game. The winning team receives the Little Brown Jug trophy, which stays with the winning school until the next Turkey Day Game. If the winner is away they walk home with a police escort through the other team's town, a tradition that began in 1967. The competition has gained the attention of Sports Illustrated. The rivalry is presented in the American football on Thanksgiving page.

From 1995–98, the teams met during the regular season. Starting in 1999, they began playing each other twice each year, once during the regular season and again on Thanksgiving. The early games do not count in the Turkey Day rivalry records.

Through 2013, Stroudsburg holds a 37–26–5 edge over East Stroudsburg South in the Little Brown Jug series.

Outcomes Since 1945:

Year W L Score Winning Coach
1945 Stroudsburg East Stroudsburg 42–0 Stulgaitis
1946 Stroudsburg East Stroudsburg 39–0 Stulgaitis
1947 Stroudsburg East Stroudsburg 34–6 Stulgaitis
1948 Stroudsburg East Stroudsburg 27–0 Stulgaitis
1949 Stroudsburg East Stroudsburg 6–0 Stulgaitis
1950 Stroudsburg East Stroudsburg 13–0 Stulgaitis
1951 Stroudsburg East Stroudsburg 15–14 Stulgaitis
1952 East Stroudsburg Stroudsburg 7–0 Kist
1953 East Stroudsburg Stroudsburg 16–7 Kist
1954 East Stroudsburg Stroudsburg 31–7 Kist
1955 TIE TIE 7–7 TIE
1956 TIE TIE 6–6 TIE
1957 Stroudsburg East Stroudsburg 13–12 Whitehead
1958 East Stroudsburg Stroudsburg 13–7 Kist
1959 TIE TIE 6–6 TIE
1960 East Stroudsburg Stroudsburg 48–6 Kist
1961 East Stroudsburg Stroudsburg 45–20 Kist
1962 East Stroudsburg Stroudsburg 14–0 Kist
1963 Stroudsburg East Stroudsburg 6–0 Stulgaitis
1964 Stroudsburg East Stroudsburg 7–6 Silock
1965 Stroudsburg East Stroudsburg 19–0 Silock
1966 Stroudsburg East Stroudsburg 19–0 Silock
1967 East Stroudsburg Stroudsburg 32–12 Merring
1968 Stroudsburg East Stroudsburg 12–7 Silock
1969 Stroudsburg East Stroudsburg 12–8 Ross
1970 Stroudsburg East Stroudsburg 34–14 Ross
1971 Stroudsburg East Stroudsburg 41–6 Ross
1972 East Stroudsburg Stroudsburg 9–0 Merring
1973 East Stroudsburg Stroudsburg 20–18 Merring
1974 East Stroudsburg Stroudsburg 31–26 Merring
1975 TIE TIE 7–7 TIE
1976 Stroudsburg East Stroudsburg 28–0 Ross
1977 Stroudsburg East Stroudsburg 33–18 Ross
1978 East Stroudsburg Stroudsburg 16–7 Merring
1979 Stroudsburg East Stroudsburg 32–13 Ross
1980 East Stroudsburg Stroudsburg 24–0 Merring
1981 Stroudsburg East Stroudsburg 12–7 Ross
1982 Stroudsburg East Stroudsburg 9–8 Ross
1983 Stroudsburg East Stroudsburg 21–10 Ross
1984 Stroudsburg East Stroudsburg 28–17 Ross
1985 Stroudsburg East Stroudsburg 7–6 Ross
1986 Stroudsburg East Stroudsburg 14–9 Ross
1987 East Stroudsburg Stroudsburg 17–3 Christian
1988 East Stroudsburg Stroudsburg 14–7 Christian
1989 TIE TIE 7–7 TIE
1990 Stroudsburg East Stroudsburg 20–13 Ross
1991 Stroudsburg East Stroudsburg 33–16 Ross
1992 Stroudsburg East Stroudsburg 21-6 Ross
1993 East Stroudsburg Stroudsburg 23–16 Christian
1994 Stroudsburg East Stroudsburg 28–19 Ross
1995 East Stroudsburg Stroudsburg 28–10 Christian
1996 East Stroudsburg Stroudsburg 64–7 Christian
1997 Stroudsburg East Stroudsburg 14–0 Ross
1998 East Stroudsburg Stroudsburg 36–13 Christian
1999 Stroudsburg ES South 28–13 Ross
2000 Stroudsburg ES South 24–23 (2OT) Ross
2001 Stroudsburg ES South 33–20 Ross
2002 ES South Stroudsburg 12–7 Christian
2003 ES South Stroudsburg 49–12 Christian
2004 ES South Stroudsburg 13–10 (OT) Christian
2005 Stroudsburg ES South 10–7 Ross
2006 ES South Stroudsburg 14–7 Christian
2007 ES South Stroudsburg 22–21 Christian
2008 ES South Stroudsburg 34–0 Christian
2009 ES South Stroudsburg 42–0 Christian
2010 Stroudsburg ES South 36–35 Ross
2011 Stroudsburg ES South 21-0 Bernard
2012 Stroudsburg ES South 37-17 Bernard
2013 Stroudsburg ES South 26-14 Miller

All-Time Turkey Day W-L-T Pct. (Coaches):

Coach W L T Pct.
Kist 7 8 3 0.472
Merring 6 7 1 0.464
Christian 13 19 1 0.394

Clubs and ActivitiesEdit

Music ProgramEdit

East Stroudsburg South has a thriving music program. Concert Choir and Concert Band are offered as electives during school, and the choir currently consists of over 200 members, while the band contains almost 100 members. The school regularly sends several students to PMEA District Chorus, Band, and Orchestra festivals. The school also offers extracurricular musical activities, such as Marching Band, Jazz Band, Choraliers, and the musical.


Every year, East Stroudsburg South stages a musical. These musicals have been praised for the participants' musicianship, acting, and the overall production of the show. They receive many nominations at the annual Spotlight Awards at the Sherman Theater, several of which result in awards.

Year Musical
1997 Into the Woods
1998 Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat
1999 Anything Goes
2000 Brigadoon
2001 Fiddler on the Roof
2002 Kiss Me, Kate
2003 Annie Get Your Gun
2004 Man of La Mancha
2005 Pirates of Penzance
2006 Titanic
2007 Seven Brides for Seven Brothers
2008 Babes in Arms
2009 Pippin
2010 The Secret Garden
2011 Les Misérables
2012 Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat
2013 Carousel


The Choraliers are the select choir in East Stroudsburg South. In order to be eligible, a student must be enrolled in the regular Chorus class and audition successfully for a spot. The group usually is composed of about 40 members. All grade levels in the school are represented in the group. The Choraliers function as the chorus that represents the entire school at school district events. They also are evaluated at adjudications, and participated in Music in the Parks at Hersheypark in 2009 and 2011, both times winning best overall high school choir with a superior rating.

Academic clubsEdit

East Stroudsburg South has several clubs that compete against other schools, including FBLA and DECA. The Chess Team and Speech and Debate also regularly place in the top three in the Mountain Valley Conference, and the Science Olympiad team consistently finishes in the top half of the regional competition.[31]

In 2010, one of the Reading Olympics teams placed first at the regional competition at Easton Area High School. In 2011, one of the teams placed third. In 2012, one of the Reading Olympics teams placed first with a score of 72.

In 2011, the Mock Trial team placed first at the Monroe County Bar Association Invitational.

In 2012, the Science Olympiad team qualified for the state finals for the first time in school history, placing second overall at the regional finals.

In 2013, one of the Envirothon teams placed 1st at the county Envirothon and qualified for the state finals, the first team from the school to do so in school history.[32]

Notable alumniEdit


The school has undergone a 92 million dollar renovation project. The district added a new 3 story wing, cafeteria, Gym as well as renovating the existing building. The stadium has been fitted with a turf field and an all-weather track, as well as improvements to the visitors' team's stands.

The necessary renovation effort comes to a loss of local history. To make room for expansion, the district demolished the historic 19th-century J.S. Bunnell School, which was adjacent to the high school. "The Bunnell" once housed grades 1 through 12 until 1963 when the current high school opened. The Bunnell then became a junior high until 1993 when JTL opened. Between then and its destruction in 2008, it served as an extension of the high school. Because the district failed to maintain the building, it fell into disrepair and was determined that it would cost the district more money to update it than the district was willing to spend.

The current spot of the Bunnell School has been made into a faculty parking area. Another building that was torn down for parking was the old District Administration building, which was the former North Courtland Elementary School.


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