Cherry Hill High School West: Wikis


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Cherry Hill High School West
2101 Chapel Avenue
Cherry Hill, NJ 08002

Coordinates 39°55′44″N 75°01′12″W / 39.9288°N 75.020°W / 39.9288; -75.020Coordinates: 39°55′44″N 75°01′12″W / 39.9288°N 75.020°W / 39.9288; -75.020
Type Public high school
Established 1956
School district Cherry Hill Public Schools
Principal Joseph N. Meloche
Faculty 117.0 (on FTE basis)[1]
Grades 9 - 12
Enrollment 1,617 (as of 2006-07)[1]
Student:teacher ratio 13.8[1]
Color(s)      Purple
Athletics conference Olympic Conference
Nickname Lions
Information 856-663-8006

Cherry Hill High School West (also known as Cherry Hill West or CHW) is a four-year comprehensive public high school, one of two traditional high schools located in Cherry Hill Township, in Camden County, New Jersey, United States, as part of the Cherry Hill Public Schools. The other high school in the district is Cherry Hill High School East. Cherry Hill High School West was originally known as Delaware Township High School and then Cherry Hill High School.

Cherry Hill High School West had been an IB World School from September 2000 to June 2008, offering students the IB Diploma Programme.[2]

As of the 2006-2007 school year, the school had an enrollment of 1,617 students and 117 classroom teachers (on an FTE basis), for a student–teacher ratio of 13.8.[1]

The school was the 96th-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 126th in the magazine's September 2006 issue, which surveyed 316 schools across the state.[3]



The Cherry Hill High School West Lions participate in the Liberty Division of the nineteen-member Olympic Conference, which consists of public and private high schools located in Burlington County and Camden County.

Cherry Hill High School West's Athletic Director is Dr. Ira Kosloff. He has been involved in athletics in the district for forty years. Before serving as the school's Athletic Director, Kosloff was a successful head coach in Boys' Soccer and Swimming. He has also coached baseball and basketball. In 2006, Kosloff was voted Athletic Director of the Year by the Olympic Conference.

Cherry Hill High School West plays their football games at Jonas C. Morris Stadium, which they share with Cherry Hill High School East. Cherry Hill West plays crosstown rival Cherry Hill East every Thanksgiving morning, with each team alternating as the "home" team. The winner of the game is awarded the Al DiBart Memorial Trophy, or "The Boot". "The Boot" is retained by the winning team until the next year. The Lions currently have "The Boot" after defeating the Cherry Hill East Cougers 33-14 in 2007. East leads the series 29-10 as of 12/07. Scores of all East-West games from 1969 can be found on the 'East' page at .

Many Cherry Hill High School West students play for an independent club ice hockey team affiliated with the South Jersey High School Ice Hockey League; this team is not a school-sponsored athletic group. Every Wednesday night before Thanksgiving, the "Cherry Hill West" Ice Hockey Club plays the "Cherry Hill East" Ice Hockey Club for the Golden Skate Award.

Cherry Hill High School West is the home of the 2006 New Jersey Girls State Swimming champions. The boys swim team won the 2006 South Jersey Public A division title.

Cherry Hill High School West is the home of the 2007 New Jersey Boys State Swim Champions. The team won the South A state sectional title with a 90-80 win over crosstown rival Cherry Hill High School East.[4] The boys swim team moved on to win the 2007 Group A State Championship with an 89-81 win versus Westfield High School.[5] The girls swim team won the 2007 South Jersey Public A division title.

Cherry Hill West also has one of the best bowling teams in south jersey going 72-3-1 in the 2006-2007 season, led by Coach Irv Wolf.

The 2007 boy's cross country team was conference champions for the first time in 33 years with an impressive 6-0 record in dual-meets. Led by longtime coach Nick Mitidieri, the team also won the 2007 Disney Cross Country Classic and placed 2nd in the Group 4 SJ Sectional meet.

Cherry Hill West's Mock Trial team were the 2007/2008 Camden County Champions. They had a record of 6-0, defeating both Cherry Hill High School East and Eastern High School in the final round to claim the title. During the 2009/2010 season, the team made it to the final round of the Camden County Championship again, but was defeated by Eastern High School.[citation needed]

Vocal program

West is well known for its music program. The West choral program consists of audition choirs (Chansons, Concert Choir and West Singers), a combined choir of Concert Choir and West Singers known as Symphonic Choir, a freshman choir (Vocal Workshop) and three extracurricular choirs (Chamber Singers, Fermata and Men of Note). The Symphonic Choir had the honor of performing with the Haddonfield Symphony under the direction of Maestro Alan Gilbert in 1994. The two groups performed Leonard Bernstein’s Chichester Psalms. The vocal group West Singers has been invited to sing at many ACDA National Conventions and often have the most amount of students get into All State, All Eastern and All National Chorus.They were invited to sing at the Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles. West music program made a trip to Boston, Massachusetts on April 12-15, 2007 with all choirs receiving Superior ratings. Other Recognitions include Best of High School a cappella 2006, 2007, and 2008 (Champions- Men of Note '06,'07,'08 Finals- Fermata '05) and many tracks on the Best of High School a cappella CDs. The most popular performance of the year is Broadway Night. The show is dedicated to well-known musicals, television theme songs and famous commercials. The groups are led by Mrs. Christine Bass and Mr. Jim Boeckle. Famous graduates of the West Vocal Program include Aaron Lazar, who has gone on to star in the Broadway hit, Light in the Piazza and has just completed the role of Enjolras in the Broadway revival of Les Misérables.

Men of Note
  • Made up of 11 men.
  • The only group to win ICHSA three times in a row ('06, '07, '08)
  • Member Kurt Knecht ('06 - '08) is a Semi-Finalist in the reality show for the cast of "High School Musical 4".
Accomplishments (2006)
  • 2006 ICHSA International Champions - Best of High School A Cappella - Men of Note
  • Best of High School A Cappella 2006 CD - West Singers
  • 14 Superior Ratings - All Choirs
  • 3 Perfect Scores - West Singers
  • Exemplary Rating in Sight Singing - Chamber Singers
  • Overall Best Choir Award - Music In the Parks - West Singers
  • 2006 Cruise Festival Overall Grand Championship Award for Mixed Choir Class AAA - Combined Choirs (60 Cruise Festivals)
  • 2006 Cruise Festival Overall Grand Championship Award for Madrigal Choir - Chamber Singers (60 Cruise Festivals)
  • Top Number in 2005 All State Chorus (19)
  • Top Number in 2006 American Choral Directors Assoc. All Eastern Chorus (12)
Accomplishments (2007)

With 23 choirs competing from 8 different high schools, the Cherry Hill West Choirs were the ONLY choirs to receive Superior ratings from the three judges.

Chamber Singers won the “BEST OVERALL CHOIR” for all the 13 non-mixed choirs competing and West Singers won the “BEST OVERALL CHOIR” for all the 10 Mixed Choirs competing.

  • 2008 ICHSA International Champions - Best of High School A Cappella - Men of Note

Instrumental Program

The West instrumental program is composed of Wind Ensemble, Symphonic Band, Orchestra, and Jazz Band. They are all directed by Mr. Jim Mark.

  • West Combined Bands - 3rd Place Excellent Rating
  • West Jazz Ensemble - 2nd Place Excellent Rating
  • West String Ensemble - 1st Place Excellent Rating
  • Best Overall High School Orchestra
Other Accomplishments

In the Spring of 2005 in Virginia Beach the group captured 1st Place at a North American Music Festivals competition and received a Superior Rating

In 2006, Jazz Band placed 2nd at a Music In The Parks festival at Dorney Park.

Cherry Hill West has also produced many musicals over the years including Bye Bye Birdie (2009) Oliver! (2008), Cabaret (2007), Footloose (2006), Hello, Dolly! (2005), West Side Story (2004), The Music Man (2003), The Wiz (2002), Annie (2001), Guys and Dolls (2000), Fiddler on the Roof (1999), Anything Goes (1998), Bye Bye Birdie (1997) and Oklahoma! (1996)

Marching Band

The school's marching band was Tournament of Bands Chapter One Champions in 1992 (Group 2 and USSBA regional champions in 2002, Group 1 Open.[6]


  • Joseph N. Meloche - Principal. Meloche is a graduate of Cherry Hill High School West.[7]

Notable alumni


  1. ^ a b c d Cherry Hill High School West, National Center for Education Statistics. Accessed November 21, 2007.
  2. ^ Cherry Hill High School West, International Baccalaureate Organization. Accessed August 14, 2008.
  3. ^ "Top New Jersey High Schools 2008: By Rank", New Jersey Monthly, September 2008, posted August 7, 2008. Accessed August 19, 2008.
  4. ^ 2007 Boys Team Swimming - South - A, NJSIAA. Accessed July 22, 2007.
  5. ^ 2007 Boys Team Swimming - Group Semis/Finals, NJSIAA. Accessed July 24, 2007.
  6. ^ Tournament of Bands - Chapter One History, Tournament of Bands. Accessed July 5, 2007.
  7. ^ West Principal's Message, accessed October 9, 2006.
  8. ^ Bianculli, david. "'KATE/ALLIE' IS RENEWED, CREATOR TOLD", The Philadelphia Inquirer, April 28, 1984. Accessed December 1, 2007. "Although CBS won't announce its fall lineup until late next week, "Kate & Allie" creator Sherry Coben learned yesterday her New York-based sitcom has been picked up for 13 additional episodes. 'I'm thrilled,' said Coben, a Cherry Hill West High School graduate. 'I hope we can keep the quality up. I don't want anybody to be disappointed.'"
  9. ^ Billy Hunter player profile, database Football. Accessed July 27, 2007.

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