Central Bucks High School West

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Central Bucks High School West
Central Bucks High School West (crest).gif
375 West Court Street
Doylestown, Pennsylvania 18901
United States
Coordinates 40°18′18″N 75°08′17″W / 40.305°N 75.138°W / 40.305; -75.138Coordinates: 40°18′18″N 75°08′17″W / 40.305°N 75.138°W / 40.305; -75.138
Type Public high school
Established 1952
Principal Timothy P. Donovan
Faculty 87.2 FTEs[1]
Grades 10-12
Enrollment 1,466 (as of 2014-15)[1]
Student to teacher ratio 16.8:1[1]
Color(s) Black and Gold
Athletics PIAA
Mascot The Buck (Buckshot)

Central Bucks High School West is a public high school serving students in tenth through twelfth grades, the oldest of the three high schools in the Central Bucks School District. CB West, as it is commonly known, is located in the Borough of Doylestown, Pennsylvania in Bucks County. It was constructed in 1952 as the successor to Doylestown High School, which later burned down. Originally named Central Bucks Joint Junior Senior High School, the school's name was changed to Central Bucks High School West in 1969 with the opening of the district's second high school, Central Bucks High School East. CB West pulls its students from Doylestown, Chalfont, New Britain Township, Plumsteadville, Plumstead Township. Students come from Unami Middle School, Lenape Middle School, and Tohickon Middle School, its sister schools are Central Bucks High School East and the newer Central Bucks High School South.

As of the 2014-15 school year, the school had an enrollment of 1,466 students and 87.2 classroom teachers (on an FTE basis), for a student–teacher ratio of 16.8:1. There were 92 students (6.3% of enrollment) eligible for free lunch and 35 (2.4% of students) eligible for reduced-cost lunch.[1]

Middle Bucks Institute of Technology[edit]

CB West (as well as the other CB high schools, Council Rock, and Centennial School Districts) has a partnership with the Middle Bucks Institute of Technology. This partnership allows students the opportunity to spend half of their school day in traditional classes on the main campus, and half of the day studying their chosen vocation at MBIT. Clusters include, Architecture and Construction, Arts, A/V Technology and Communications, Health Science, Hospitality and Tourism, Human Services, Information Technology, Law, Public Safety and Security, Science, Mathematics, Technology and Engineering, Transportation, Distribution, and Logistics. After completion of the program, students are ready and able to join the workforce.



The Renovated Lobby of CB West

A wing was added along the W. Court Street face in 1996, at the same time the cafeteria and library were significantly modified and expanded. CB West was in a continuous state of renovation from 2005-2010, when the school's library, nurse's and guidance offices, front entrance, and academic classrooms were modified.

Clocktower and Courtyard[edit]

The clocktower of Central Bucks West is the single architectural landmark that distinguishes it from other facilities within the district. Access to the clocktower is limited as its single entrance is locked a majority of the year. Classes were once held in the clocktower, but due to its limited access, it has been considered a potential trap in the event of a fire or emergency. Directly in front of the clocktower is a courtyard where many students eat lunch, play games, and spend their study halls.

Athletic field[edit]

Central Buck's West War Memorial Field was resurfaced with an astroturf material over the summer of 2006, replacing the grass previously covering the field. War Memorial field and stadium are part of War Memorial Park, owned by the Borough of Doylestown, and are leased to the Central Bucks School District, it seats 4,500 people and has total capacity of 10,000.[2] It also served as the home field for Central Bucks High School East until the 2015-2016 school year, when Umbrell Field was constructed at Central Bucks High School East, during the American Civil War, the area now utilized as athletic fields had served as a drill field and encampment for union troops."McClellan Rangers Reenactment Association". Archived from the original on April 9, 2009. 

Student activities[edit]


Student Council, Student Government Organization, Future Business Leaders of America, Mock Trial, the World Affairs Club, Crossroads Christian Club, Gay-Straight Alliance, Heifer International, Art Club, Harlequin Club, National Honor Society, Key Club, Yearbook Club, Student Leadership Council, Cooking for the Homeless, Quidditch Club, Newspaper Club (Court Street Press), Technology Student Association, Ski Club, Families in Need, Fencing Club, the Democratic Club, the Young Republicans Club, Stars and Stripes Club, Environmental Club, Guitar Club, Spanish National Honor Society, French National Honor Society, German National Honor Society, Latin National Honor Society, Russian Colloquium, Philosophy Club, Future Doctors of America, Science Olympiad Team, Scholars Bowl, Adopt-a-Highway, and the Poet's Society.


A choir from Central Bucks West performed at the White House on December 9, 2000.[3]


The Central Bucks High School West Band program consists of a concert band, an audition-based symphonic band, as well a jazz ensemble. There is also an extracurricular marching band.


Central Bucks West offers the following sports teams:

Girls: Field Hockey, Volleyball, Tennis, Cheerleading, Cross Country, Basketball, Swimming/Diving, Track (winter and spring), Lacrosse, Softball, Soccer,

Boys: Football, Soccer, Cross Country, Golf, Ice Hockey, Swimming/Diving, Basketball, Track (winter and spring), Wrestling, Baseball, Lacrosse, Tennis, Volleyball

Discontinued: Rifle


Since the mid-1980s, the Central Bucks West football team has often been ranked in the top 25 teams in the nation by USA Today. Including top 10 finishes in 1985, 1986, 1987, 1991, 1997, 1998, and 1999,[4] the Bucks won the Pennsylvania state championship four times in the 90's (1991, 1997, 1998, 1999) CB West's 1999 championship win was the subject of the documentary The Last Game[5] The team has accumulated 582 wins and 276 losses, the Bucks were also voted/declared State Champions in 1978, 1980, 1984 and 1985 before the PIAA state playoff system was implemented in 1988.[6]

Year Location Score W/L Opponent USA Today Ranking
1991 Mansion Park Stadium (Altoona) 26-14 W Cathedral Prep #3
1993 Mansion Park Stadium (Altoona) 15-14 L North Hills -
1997 Mansion Park Stadium (Altoona) 44-20 W Upper St. Clair #4
1998 Hershey Park Stadium 56-7 W New Castle #7
1999 Hershey Park Stadium 14-13 W #9 Cathedral Prep #4
2000 Hershey Park Stadium 41-35 (OT) L #4 Cathedral Prep #23

Girls' soccer[edit]

The Lady Bucks have captured 8 PIAA state titles.[7]

Year Season Location Score W/L Opponent
1993 Spring Salisbury Twp. HS (Allentown) 4-0 W Wilson
1994 Spring Salisbury Twp. HS (Allentown) 2-1 W Council Rock
1995 Spring Salisbury Twp. HS (Allentown) 1-0 (2 OT) W Council Rock
1996 Spring Salisbury Twp. HS (Allentown) 1-0 W Council Rock
2003 Spring Hershey Park Stadium 1-0 W Cumberland Valley
2006 Spring Hershey Park Stadium 3-1 W Hempfield
2007 Spring Hershey Park Stadium 2-2 (2 OT) TIE Central Dauphin
2008 Spring Hershey Park Stadium 1-0 L Central Dauphin
2014 Fall Hershey Park Stadium 2-1 (OT) W Canon McMillan

Field Hockey[edit]

The Lady Bucks won the 1981 AAA State Championship, they defeated Haverford 1-0 in overtime at Shippensburg University.[8]

Girls' Basketball[edit]

The Lady Bucks were runners up in the 2015 AAA State Championship game, the Lady Bucks took on defending State Champion Cumberland Valley who won 40-35 at the Giant Center in Hershey, PA. The Lady Bucks finished the 2014-15 season 32-2.[9]

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