Downingtown High School

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Downingtown High School
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:The Whippets
NicknameEast: Cougars
West: Whippets

Downingtown High School is an American 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,[citation needed] the two campuses (usually referred to simply as "East" or "West") are generally regarded as separate entities.[citation needed]

The West Campus is located on the original high school's campus within Downingtown Borough. A portion of the campus is in Caln Township.[2][3][4]

The East Campus is actually located in Uwchlan Township.[5] It has an Exton postal address and is adjacent to, but not within, the Lionville census-designated place.[6][7]

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; in 2022, for the third time. In 2024, the Downingtown East Campus band will represent the state of Pennsylvania in the 2024 Pearl Harbor Memorial Day Parade in Hawaii.

Extracurricular 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
  • Film Club
  • TV Studio
  • Key Club
  • Science Olympiad
  • Gay-Straight Alliance
  • Movie Critics Club
  • Bowling Club
  • Art Club

Notable alumni[edit]


  1. ^ "Downingtown Area Sd". Common Core of Data. National Center for Education Statistics. Retrieved January 9, 2019.
  2. ^ "Borough Map" (PDF). Downingtown Borough. Retrieved June 18, 2021. - Compare to the school maps.
  3. ^ "Municipal Zoning Map" (PDF). Caln Township, Pennsylvania. August 30, 2018. Retrieved June 18, 2021. - Compare with address for Downingtown High West.
  4. ^ "Home". Downingtown High School West. Retrieved June 18, 2021. 445 Manor Ave., Downingtown, PA 19335
  5. ^ "Official Map". Uwchlan Township. Retrieved June 18, 2021. - Compare with addresses of Downingtown East.
  6. ^ "Home". Downingtown East High School. Retrieved June 18, 2021. 50 Devon Drive, Exton, PA 19341
  7. ^ "2010 CENSUS - CENSUS BLOCK MAP: Lionville CDP, PA" (PDF). U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved June 18, 2021.

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