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West Chester School District

Map829 Paoli Pike
West Chester, PA 19380
  • Public Schools


All three high schools came out of West Chester High School, which was founded in 1866 and burned down in 1947. Only five girls attended West Chester High School when it first opened. New in 2006, Rustin High School is named after civil rights leader Bayard Rustin, a 1932 graduate of West Chester High School who worked with Martin Luther King, Jr., organizing his march on Washington. Henderson High School's Boys Speaking Contest was started back in 1890. Competitors are evaluated on how well they interpret a published selection of their choosing. Winning the contest is still considered one of the greatest honors among students. Thankfully, there's now Girls Speaking Contest as well. The old high school used to have a heated Turkey Day competition with Conestoga High School, a popular rivalry with students. Now the rivalry is between West Chester East and Henderson high schools. Rustin competes with Bishop Shanahan in a similar competition, which takes place the day before Thanksgiving.

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