Downingtown High School

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Downingtown High School
DowningtownWest.PNG DowningtownEast.PNG
TypePublic secondary school
2003 (split)
School districtDowningtown Area School District
PrincipalEast: Paul Hurley III
West: A. Kurt Barker
EnrollmentEast: 1,721
West: 1,460[1]
CampusEast: Uwchlan Township, PA
40°2′29.4″N 75°39′40.0″W / 40.041500°N 75.661111°W / 40.041500; -75.661111
West: Downingtown, PA
40°0′42.2″N 75°43′8.3″W / 40.011722°N 75.718972°W / 40.011722; -75.718972
Color(s)         Blue and gold
AthleticsPIAA District 1
MascotEast: The Cougar
West: D-Dog
NicknameEast: Cougars
West: Whippets

Downingtown High School is a secondary school located in Downingtown, Pennsylvania and Uwchlan Township, Pennsylvania. Population growth in the burgeoning Downingtown Area School District forced the original Downingtown High School to split into two campuses: Downingtown High School East Campus and Downingtown High School West Campus. While still legally considered one school, the two campuses (usually referred to simply as "East" or "West") are generally regarded as separate entities. While the West Campus is located on the original high school's campus within Downingtown, the East Campus is actually located in Lionville, the northern side of Exton, Pennsylvania.

The mascot for Downingtown East is the cougar, for Downingtown West, the whippet. Both schools' colors are blue and gold, a similarity that recalls that the two campuses were once one school. A healthy rivalry exists between Downingtown East and West. Both schools are known for athletics and have won titles in different sports.


Downingtown East and West campuses field the following sports:


Downingtown High School East

Downingtown High School has many clubs, from marching band to the ski club; the Student Council forms many committees and community service programs throughout the year. Both schools also have FBLA-PBL clubs (Future Business Leaders of America) which had nine students qualify for the national competition in 2003, seven students qualify for the national competition in 2014, and five qualify in 2015; the combined school's marching band has participated in the Tournament of Roses Parade, the Citrus Bowl Parade and the Indy 500 Parade. In 2011, the band performed in the Tournament of Roses Parade for the second time.

Extracurriculars activities include:

  • Student Council
  • National Honor Society
  • Theatre Association
  • Music Ensembles (band, orchestra, choir)
  • Afro Appreciation Club
  • Ecology Club (the oldest in the nation)
  • Ski Club
  • Academic Team
  • Schools for Schools
  • Robotics Club
  • German Club
  • French Club
  • Spanish Club
  • Japanese Club
  • Photography Club
  • Key Club
  • Science Olympiad
  • Gay-Straight Alliance
  • Movie Critics Club

Notable alumni[edit]


  1. ^ "Downingtown Area Sd". Common Core of Data. National Center for Education Statistics. Retrieved January 9, 2019.

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