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Burlington Township High School
Location
610 Fountain Avenue
Burlington, NJ 08016

Information
Type Public high school
Established 1964
School district Burlington Township School District
Principal Marie Phillips
Vice principal Neal Canavan
Christopher Ilconich (9th grade)
Naomi Threadgill
Faculty 84.6 (on FTE basis)[1]
Grades 9 - 12
Enrollment 1,042 (as of 2005-06)[1]
Student:teacher ratio 12.3[1]
Color(s) Old Gold     , Black     and White     
Athletics conference Burlington County Scholastic League
Team name Falcons
Rival Florence Twp. Memorial HS, Bordentown Regional HS, Northern Burlington Regional, Burlington City HS, Willingboro HS, Holy Cross HS
Information 609-387-1713
Website

Burlington Township High School is a four-year comprehensive public high school that serves students in ninth through twelfth grades from Burlington Township in Burlington County, New Jersey, United States, as part of the Burlington Township School District.

As of the 2005-06 school year, the school had an enrollment of 1,042 students and 84.6 classroom teachers (on an FTE basis), for a student–teacher ratio of 12.3.[1]

The school was the 140th-ranked public high school in New Jersey out of 316 schools statewide, in New Jersey Monthly magazine's September 2008 cover story on the state's Top Public High Schools. The school was ranked 138th in the magazine's September 2006 issue, which surveyed 316 schools across the state.[2]

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Athletics

The Burlington Township High School Falcons compete in the Burlington County Scholastic League, which includes private and public high schools in the Burlington County area. The BTHS football team had won two consecutive Patriot Division titles and were moved up to the Liberty Division, where they pulled through the 2006-07 season with a 1-7 record. The first two games of the 06-07 season were forfeited due to an ineligible running back, overturning two games the team had won.[3]

The BTHS boys bowling team won the division championship with an 11-1 division record, and going 14-5 overall.

Main rivals are Florence Township Memorial High School, Holy Cross High School and Burlington City High School.

Allegations of religious intolerance

On March 22, 2007, Burlington Township High School scheduled a simulated Columbine-like school shooting, lockdown and evacuation where Burlington Township police detectives posed as Christian fundamentalists who became angry (when a student was expelled for praying before class) and begin shooting students in order to "seek justice." [4] The World Net Daily website ran the story on April 3, 2007. and quoted Bob Pawson, a spokesman of Scriptures In School, as characterizing the simulation as a "grotesque scenario saturated with Christian-bashing prejudice and bigotry; a scenario which could never possibly occur." [5]

In response to the news coverage, the Burlington Township School District issued an official statement saying:

Any perceived insensitivities to our religious community as a result of the emergency exercise are regrettable. It was certainly not the intent to portray any group in a negative manner. We cherish, respect, and celebrate the diversity of cultures and faith that exist within our community" and the district respected the right of students and faculty to pray on school grounds.[6]

The school district had no knowledge of the chosen scenario, however, which was chosen by the township police department.

Administration

Core members of the school's administration include:[7]

  • Marie Phillips - Principal
  • Christopher Ilconich - Vice Principal (9th grade)
  • Naomi Threadgill - Vice Principal
  • Neal Canavan - Vice Principal

References

  1. ^ a b c d Burlington Township High School, National Center for Education Statistics. Accessed November 13, 2007.
  2. ^ "Top New Jersey High Schools 2008: By Rank", New Jersey Monthly, September 2008, posted August 7, 2008. Accessed August 19, 2008.
  3. ^ This school, during the first seven years of competition in the Burlington County League, was considered a "Group I" then "Group II" category. Township and student population have drastically increased within the past decade and now the school competes in a Group III category, exceeding that of next door neighboring township, Willingboro.Maderia calls his Holy Cross return special, The Courier-Post, October 17, 2006
  4. ^ David Lavinskinsky. "Hostage Drill Prepares Student for Crisis" Burlington Tribune reprinted in www.phillyburbs.com (23 March 2007). Retrieved 3 April 2007
  5. ^ "School Portrays Shooters as 'Christian'.", World Net Daily, April 3, 2007) retrieved 3 April 2007
  6. ^ Burlington Township School District. Statement Regarding March 22, 2007 Emergency Exercise (undated) Retrieved 3 April 2007.
  7. ^ Administrative Staff, Burlington Township High School. Accessed November 2, 2008.

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Coordinates: 40°03′53″N 74°50′15″W / 40.064663°N 74.837473°W / 40.064663; -74.837473

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