Thomas McKean High School

Thomas McKean High School is a comprehensive public high school located on 301 McKennan's Church Road in unincorporated New Castle County, Delaware, with a Wilmington postal address.[2] It is a part of the Red Clay Consolidated School District. The school opened in December 1966, and its first class graduated in June 1967.

Thomas McKean High School
301 McKennan's Church Rd


United States
Coordinates39°45′27″N 75°40′00″W / 39.7574°N 75.6668°W / 39.7574; -75.6668
MottoIt's a great day to be a highlander
Established1966 (58 years ago) (1966)
School districtRed Clay Consolidated School District
CEEB code080203
PrincipalBrian Mattix
Enrollment759 (2016–17)[1]
Athletics conferenceBlue Hen Conference - Flight B
AccreditationMiddle States Association's Commission on Secondary Schools

McKean serves, in addition to portions of Wilmington, Elsmere, and portions of Pike Creek and Hockessin. A sliver of Pike Creek Valley coincides with the McKean zone.[3]

Traditions edit

Having selected Thomas McKean, a signer of the United States Declaration of Independence, as its namesake, the school followed several traditions associated with the Scottish heritage of Thomas McKean. The mascot is a fierce Highlander, wearing a kilt made of the tartan of the Clan MacDonald. Among the dominant colors of the plaid are blue and green, the school's colors. In addition, the names of the school newspaper - Minstrel - and the yearbook - Talisman - reflect the culture of the Scottish Highlands.

Physical building edit

Originally designed as a model school for flexible scheduling, the building has several unique features and has proven adaptable to many situations. The school expanded in 1972, adding a new wing to the building as well as adding ninth grade to the student body. Thus, the class of 1976 was the first to spend four years at McKean.[4] The school is currently undergoing construction to update the labs and slowly upgrading the school's internal computer network. A new band room and several other new rooms are also being constructed.

Enrollment decline edit

According to the Delaware School Profiles,[when?] Thomas McKean High School is currently declining in enrollment. This may be due to a mix of changing area demographics, the Delaware school choice system, and increasing enrollment at charter and magnet schools across the state. It is, however, most likely due to the poor math, science and English attained by the students enrolled at the school.

In the year 2001, 1,354 students were enrolled at Thomas McKean High School. By the year 2007, 1,062 students were enrolled, a 19% drop.

During the 2013–14 school year, Thomas McKean High School was listed[5] as having 874 students, a slight increase of 11 over the previous school year.

Student body edit

In 2020 about 20% of the students lived in the City of Wilmington. Almost all of them were Hispanic/Latino and/or African-American. Cris Barrish and Mark Eichmann of WHYY stated that McKean is "A school that matches Wilmington's demographics".[6]

Academic performance edit

Circa 2021 about 5% of the students were proficient in mathematics and below 25% in English at grade level per Delaware state guidelines, respectively. Barrish and Eichmann wrote "McKean's performance is the opposite of Cab and Charter."[6]

Notable alumni edit

References edit

  1. ^ "McKean (Thomas) High School". National Center for Education Statistics. Retrieved March 9, 2019.
  2. ^ "Home". John Dickinson High School. Retrieved 2021-06-21. 301 McKennan's Church Road, Wilmington, DE 19808 - The school is not in the Wilmington city limits, as seen in a comparison with the zoning map as of February 2021.
  3. ^ "McKean_Sub_2016.pdf" (PDF). Red Clay Consolidated School District. Retrieved 2021-06-21. - For parts in Wilmington
  4. ^ "Archived". Archived from the original on May 27, 2011. Retrieved 2023-05-15.[dead link]
  5. ^ "McKean (Thomas) High School - School Profiles". Archived from the original on 2016-06-30. Retrieved 2012-10-19.
  6. ^ a b Barrish, Cris; Eichmann, Mark (2020-01-18). "Could bringing back Wilmington High help fix school inequities?". WHYY. Retrieved 2021-07-03.
  7. ^ Greene, Sean (16 May 2019). "McKean-alum Keister continues to build minor league dreams". WDEL 101.7FM. Retrieved 31 March 2024.
  8. ^ "Meet Delaware's Rock 'n' Roll Legends". 2 December 2016.
  9. ^ "The State of Football: Delaware". MaxPreps. Retrieved March 25, 2022.

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