Archbishop Wood Catholic High School
|Archbishop Wood Catholic High School|
655 York Road
|Motto||Coronam Fidelitas Merebit|
(Faithfulness Merits the Crown)
|Religious affiliation(s)||Roman Catholic|
|Chaplain||Rev. Paul O'Donnell|
|• Grade 9||292|
|Campus size||32 acres (130,000 m2)|
|Color(s)||Black, Green and Gold|
|Athletics conference||Philadelphia Catholic League|
|Accreditation||Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools|
|Newspaper||The Viking Voice|
School Seal and Motto
The school seal is in the shape of a shield bearing a cross with green ivy and a gold crown superimposed. The symbolism of the seal and free translation of the motto:
Fidelity (the ivy) to Christian principles (the cross) will merit for students and the graduate the crown of everlasting life. Emblazoned below the shield is the school motto: "Coronam Fidelitas Merebit", meaning "Faithfulness Merits The Crown".
Archbishop Wood was founded and built in 1964 in Warminster Township, Pennsylvania as two separate but essentially identical buildings. Named after Philadelphia's 19th century Archbishop James Frederick Bryan Wood, the school was originally divided into Archbishop Wood High School For Boys and Archbishop Wood High School For Girls.
Though the original blueprints for the school included an auditorium to be built in the space between the separate buildings, budgetary constraints forced plans for the auditorium to be scrapped. By 1987, funding for the auditorium had been secured thanks to donations by the Archbishop Wood Alumni Association. The Sophia A. Friedman Auditorium was completed by 1989, coinciding with the joining of the two schools into Archbishop Wood Catholic High School, wherein the school became co-educational and the two buildings were united by means of the auditorium.
Archbishop Wood Catholic High School is well known throughout the Archdiocese of Philadelphia for its excellence in academics. The school currently offers eleven Advanced Placement classes, and over 98% of students take the SATs each year. 75% of the graduating class attend a four-year college, while 19% attend a two-year college. Graduates frequently gain acceptance into some of the most prestigious schools nationwide, including Ivy League and Patriot League schools as well as service academies, and are awarded over $18 million in scholarships yearly.
Archbishop Wood's mascot is the Viking. Students participate in a variety of co- and extracurricular activities from athletics to academic programs to student-run activities. The students of Archbishop Wood provide fantastic support for their sports teams and are often referred to as the "Warminster Wackies." The Warminster Wackies are usually led by one or two devoted student leaders each year.
A total of fifty classroom teachers are employed, with around a 1:20 teacher-to-student ratio.
The Viking Voice (Newspaper)
The Viking Voice is Archbishop Wood's student newspaper. When the school was founded in 1965, the student newspaper was split into two divisions, one for the boys' school and another for the girls'. The newspaper was called "Crossroads" and "Wood Winds", respectively. When the two buildings were united and Archbishop Wood made co-educational in 1989, the newspaper was rechristened "The Viking Voice".
Individuals within the school have maintained an extensive physical archive of the newspapers dating back to 1967. In 2006, various alumni began a project to digitize the archives to preserve them for posterity. The digital archives can be accessed here. Though efforts have been made to enhance the standing of the newspaper, there has historically been little financial or institutional support for an expanded, comprehensive student-run newspaper infrastructure.
The Viking (Yearbook)
Prior to the school becoming co-educational, the boys' school yearbook was titled "Woodsman", and the girls' yearbook was titled "Embers."
Performing Arts Department
Two theatre productions are presented each year, one in the fall and one in the spring. Performances consistently sell out in advance, performing for over 3,000 audience members as well as over 2,000 elementary school students in the week leading up to the performance weekend.
The Marching Unit was disbanded in 2013 due to lack of interest, and the focus shifted towards concert ensembles within the department. While active, the unit competed at the highest level of its class, most recently winning the 2011 Cavalcade of Bands Independence A Championship in Hershey, PA, and the 2010 Tournament of Bands All Chapter Championship (Group 2A) in Hershey, PA. Recent awards also include a USSBA All-State Championship in 2001, USSBA PA State Championships in 2001, 2002, 2003, and 2005, and a Cavalcade of Bands Championship in 2007. The Indoor Percussion Ensemble and Color Guard shared in the Marching Unit's success, winning several TIA championships over the past ten years.
|Year||Marching Unit Show (placement)||Indoor Color Guard (placement)||Indoor Percussion Unit Show (placement)||Fall Theatre Show||Spring Theatre Show|
|1998–1999||Legacy / Harlem Nocturne / Land of Make Believe (3rd, Cavalcade)||Stormy Monday||N/A||N/A||42nd Street|
|1999–2000||Sing A New Song / Be Ye Glad / Make His Glorious Praise Known (3rd, Cavalcade)||Woman||Latin Grooves||N/A||N/A|
|2000–2001||The Shape of Things to Come (David Arkenstone) (2nd, USSBA (2A))||Jeremiah's Symphony||Survivor||Scrooge||Guys and Dolls|
|2001–2002||The Music of Riverdance (1st, USSBA (2A))||Leonard Bernstein's "The Mass"||The Music of Riverdance||Peter Pan||Seven Brides for Seven Brothers|
|2002–2003||The Music of Aaron Copland (13th, USSBA (2 Open))||Dar Williams "February"||Appalachian Spring (1st, TIA Novice)||Annie||My Fair Lady|
|2003–2004||The Music of Karl Jenkins (3rd, USSBA (2 Open))||George Winston "Canon in D" (2nd, TIA Scholastic A)||The Music of Karl Jenkins||Oliver||The Music Man|
|2004–2005||Cirque du Soleil: La Nouba (4th, USSBA (2A))||Paso Doble (1st, TIA Open)||The Music of Buddy Rich||Honk!||Footloose|
|2005–2006||The Machine (6th (USSBA 2A))||Breaking In (Senior Guard) / Space (Junior Guard)||Shapes and Colors in Three Movements (Key Poulan)||Aladdin||The Wizard of Oz|
|2006–2007||The Music of Michael McDonald (2nd, Cavalcade (Liberty A))||Eleanor Rigby||Sticks on Styx||Beauty and the Beast||High School Musical|
|2007–2008||Cirque du Soleil: Quidam (1st, Cavalcade (Liberty A))||The Ten Commandments (TIA)||Cirque du Soleil: Quidam (1st, TIA Scholastic Open Concert)||A Christmas Carol||Seussical the Musical|
|2008–2009||The Music of Beethoven (5th, Cavalcade (Liberty A))||Krush (Senior Guard) / Fay (Junior Guard) (TIA)||Jazz Club (1st, TIA Scholastic Open Concert)||Mulan||Guys and Dolls|
|2009–2010||Fascinating Rhythms (3rd, Cavalcade (American Open))||Snowbirds (Senior Guard) / Spring (Junior Guard) (TIA)||Earth, Wind, and Fire (1st, TIA Scholastic Open Standstill)||Willy Wonka||Thoroughly Modern Millie|
|2010–2011||Tribal Elements (1st, TOB (2A))||The Hunter (4th, TIA Independent A Class)||Jesus Christ, Superstar (1st, TIA Scholastic Open Standstill)||Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat||Kiss Me, Kate (Revival)|
|2011–2012||Jekyll and Hyde (1st, Cavalcade (Independence A))||A Thousand Years (3rd, MAIN Independent A)||Around the World in 80 Days (2nd; MAPS Regional A)||A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum||Hello Dolly|
|2012-2013||The Eternal Flame, Firebird (Cavalcade, Independence A)||When She Was Mine (MAIN)||Soaring (2nd, MAPS Regional A)||Theatre Showcase||The Music Man|
|2013-2014||N/A||Where the Sidewalk Ends (TIA Independent Regional A)||N/A||Sound of Music||Bye Bye Birdie|
|2014-2015||N/A||N/A||N/A||Meet Me in St. Louis||Fiddler on the Roof|
|2015-2016||N/A||N/A||N/A||Mary Poppins||Into the Woods|
|2016-2017||N/A||N/A||N/A||Shrek: The Musical||Footloose|
|2017-2018||N/A||N/A||N/A||The Addams Family||My Fair Lady|
|2018-2019||N/A||N/A||N/A||Disney's The Little Mermaid||Sister Act: The Musical|
|2019-2020||N/A||N/A||N/A||All Shook Up|
The Student Council consists of a president, three vice presidents, two executive board members from each graduating class, and a representative from each homeroom.
Archbishop Wood has a proud athletic tradition with numerous Philadelphia Catholic League Champions.
The Championship teams are:
- Boys Soccer: 2004 (PCL), 2010 (PIAA AA runners-up), 2014 (PCL; District XII AAA)
- Girls Soccer: 1995 (PCL), 2010 (PCL AA; District XII; PIAA AA runners-up), 2011 (PCL AA)
- Girls Volleyball: 2010 (PCL; District XII)
- Cheerleading: National High School Cheerleading Championship Bronze Medalist 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018. State Finalist 20117, 2018. 2010 (PCL), 2011 States Medium Varsity Division, 2012 National High School Cheerleading Championship Bid Recipient Medium Varsity Division, Ranked 5th in the Nation at NHSCC, 2013 PIAA State Finalist ranked No. 7, 2013 District 12 Medium Champion, 2013 National Finalist Top 12.
- Football: 1974, 1978, 2003b, 2004b, 2005b (b - Blue Division, Small Enrollment), 2008 (AAA), 2009 (PCL AAA; District 12 AAA), 2010 (PCL AAA; District 12 AAA), 2011 (PCL AAA, PIAA Class AAA State Champions), 2012 (PCL AAA; District 12 AAA)
- Baseball: 1990, 1993, 2009b, 2010b (District 12 AAA)
- Boys Swimming: 2011 (District XII)
- Boys Cross Country
- 1969 (Varsity)
- 1979 (Varsity)
- 1983 (Varsity)
- 1984 (Varsity)
- 1986 (Varsity)
- 1987 (Varsity)
- 1988 (Varsity)
- 1990 (Varsity)
- 1991 (Varsity)
- 1995 (Varsity)
- Girls Cross Country: 1995, 1996, 1997 (PCL), 2010 (PCL; District XII), 2011 (PCL)
- Ice Hockey: 2002
- Girls Swimming: 2008 (PCL), 2011 (District XII)
- Girls Basketball: 1982 (PCL), 2010 (PIAA AAA Class State Champions), 2011 (PCL, PIAA Class AAA State Champions), 2012 (PIAA AAA State Champions), 2017 (PIAA AAAAA State Champions)
- Boys Basketball: 2017 (PIAA AAAAA State Champions)
- Mathletes: 1987
- Wrestling: 1980, 1986, 1988, 2002, 2018 (PCL; District XII)
- Andrew M. Allen (1973)
- Frank Naylor (1977) Professional Football Player, New Jersey Generals
- Thomas P. Murt (1978)
- Marguerite Quinn (1981)
- Terri Schiavo (1981)
- Debbie Black (1984)
- Kelly Greenberg (1986)
- Irene Molloy (1996)
- Pam Rosanio (2004)
- Brian O'Grady (2010) Professional Baseball Player
- Ryan Bates (2015) Professional American Football Player
Notes and references
- MSA-CSS. "MSA-Commission on Secondary Schools". Archived from the original on 2011-05-14. Retrieved 2009-05-23.
- PennLive.com. "2011 PIAA Class AAA Football State Final - Box Score". Retrieved 2011-12-18.
- Sports Illustrated, Ben Glicksman (2011-12-19). "Sports Illustrated High School Football Rankings". CNN. Retrieved 2011-12-19.
- Gabriella Sacidor (June 19, 2014). "Northeast Philadelphia Native Gets His Shot At The Big Leagues". CBS Philly. KYW-TV. Retrieved August 5, 2019.
- "Two Archbishop Wood Stars Commit To Penn State".
- Official website of Archbishop Wood Catholic High School
- Archbishop Wood Marching Unit
- Andrew Allen, NASA Pilot, Speaks on Columbia Tragedy (Originally published in the February 2003 edition of The Viking Voice Newspaper.)