Haverford Senior High School is the public high school of Haverford Township, Pennsylvania, United States, operated by the School District of Haverford Township. It is at 200 Mill Road in Havertown. The school serves the entirety of Haverford Township, including all of the unincorporated community of "Havertown" (a place name created by the US Postal Service to designate ZIP Code 19083, which is wholly within Haverford Township), and the Haverford Township portions of the unincorporated communities of Haverford, Bryn Mawr, Ardmore, Drexel Hill, and Wynnewood. All five School District of Haverford Township elementary schools feed into the middle school, which feeds into HHS.
The current building opened in September 1956. The facility was built in the style of many high schools of that era: long hallways of classrooms, and architecturally mixing moderne and International styles. The building included a small planetarium on the third floor, as well as a greenhouse for science classes. The building also had a full line of shop spaces for wood, motor, and metal shop courses. An auditorium of nearly 900 seats was included, accompanying a wing of music and art classrooms, and locker rooms adjacent to the large gymnasium. The school did not include a swimming pool (nor would future renovations include this facility).
The school building was expanded and modernized from 1996-1999. Renovations were long and had many issues, one being that one side of the school is higher then the other. The most significant physical addition to the school during these years was the demolition of a small building at the rear center of the (used as counselling suite and lounge area) and the construction of a three floor addition to house new and spacious science classrooms/laboraties, as well as large seminar classrooms. With this change, rear classrooms in the center of the original building lost exterior windows, and now looked out over open common space adjacent to two new cafeterias, separated by a large new kitchen. Further this new addition included new administrative offices. This meant that these offices left their original locations along the front of the center wing of the original building. This space became a new principal' office, infirmary, sewing classroom, and a new staircase was added, as well. It was also with the addition of this structure that the wood, metal, and motor shops were elminated from the building, along with those courses. Wood shop continued to be offered to high school students at the Haverford Middle School wood shop.
Also during the 1996-1999 renovations, the original cafeteria was renovated into a new art classroom wing, as well as a large college-style seminar classroom. With the moving of the art rooms, the former art space became the current choir classroom. The former choir classroom became a new weight room for the use of the school's athletes. The original library space was turned into classroom space for child development and cooking classes. With this change also came the elimination of a faculty lunchroom from that part of the building.
Additionally, renovations involved removing the entire interior of areas being renovated, such that today's classrooms are not merely redone versions of the original rooms, but rather, entirely new rooms. One long-debated result of this renovation was that in removing the interior and building it anew, walls of concrete brick and glazed tiling were removed, and replaced uniformly with drywall. As a result, the walls are easily damaged and frequently require patching or painting. One other change was that many windows were covered or eliminated in the renovation. For example, the exterior of the building today reveals that along the upper section of the gymnasium, stuccoed panels cover what had been large windows. And most classrooms lost half their window area as glass bricks were covered over, leaving only the lower, operable parts of the windows exposed. The rear wall of the interior of the auditorium also once was lined with windows covered with drapes; renovations replaced the windows with walls. The only area of the school that appears nearly as it did when the building first opened is the auditorium and gymnasium lobby, which still combine terazzo flooring, chrome, blond varnished wood, and glazed bricks, giving this area the character the entire building once had.
A very positive result of the renovation was a large, bright, and attractive library that includes a large mezzanine with desktop computers for student usage. The school was also fully air-conditioned in the renovation.
The Haverford High football team has one of the longest running rivalries with Upper Darby High. Upper Darby has a 41-39-6 lead in the series.
The Haverford High basketball team made made two consecutive trips to the PIAA District One Playoffs in the 2006-07 and 2007-08 seasons. The team was lead in scoring both seasons by forward Jake Mingey, who is currently enrolled at West Chester University. The 2006-07 team had memorable upsets over Central League rivals Upper Darby High and Lower Merion High. The 2007-08 team defeated Central League Champion Ridley High in both matchups between the two squads, including a memorable upset at Ridley High on Ridley's Senior Night. Ridley High was 21-3 on the season with two of their three losses coming at the hands of Haverford High.
The Haverford High basketball team won its only PIAA State Championship in 1958. Haverford High was PIAA runners-up in 1970.