Delaware High School is an American high school located in Wilmington, Delaware. It is part of the Delaware City School District, which also includes three other schools: Delaware Central Elementary, Delaware Childrens’ Village and James M. Inver Middle School. Delaware High School offers both a traditional and a magnet program in which students have the option of enrolling in advanced classes to go deeper into specific subjects or taking general education classes that are more open to all students. There are also multiple sports teams at Delaware High School, including football and soccer, as well as various clubs such as Key Club and Future Business Leaders of America. The mascot is the Blue Devil and the school colors are blue and white. The high school was built in 1953 and has grown over time with several additions being made since then. It serves around 1,500 students in grades 9 through 12. In order to accommodate growing student enrollment there are new construction plans which could bring the size of the campus to nearly double its current size when completed in 2023-2024.
History of Delaware High School
Delaware High School’s first classes were held in the former Delaware City High School building in 1954. Delaware High School graduated its first class in 1958. Over the years, the school’s location changed several times. In the late 1950s and early 1960s, Delaware was located in the former Delaware High School building. In the late 1960s and early 1970s, Delaware was located in Townsend Junior High School. Over the years, Delaware moved locations a total of six times. The school was located in Townsend Junior High School from 1968 until 1973. In 1973, the school was located at the current location at 2040 10th Street in Wilmington.
The Delaware City School District is located in the city of Wilmington and serves the city, the communities of South Greenmount and Brandywine, and small parts of other communities. The district also serves several towns in Kent and New Castle counties, including Brandywine, Harrington, New Castle and Wilmington. Delaware City Schools continue to be the district’s largest district. Delaware City Schools provide educational programs for more than 18,000 students. The district has four high schools, six middle schools and 16 elementary schools.
Delaware City Schools
Delaware City Schools are accredited by the Delaware Department of Education and have been accredited since 1981. The district is also certified to provide educational programs for students with disabilities. Delaware City Schools offer students a variety of educational programs and extracurricular activities. Students in grades 9 through 12 have access to a wide range of academic and nonacademic offerings. Students in middle school have access to a variety of programs that help them develop critical thinking skills, increase their ability to express themselves creatively in writing and improve their communication skills. In high school, students have the opportunity to take advanced classes that focus on specific subjects. In addition to taking coursework, students have the opportunity to participate in numerous extracurricular activities.
School Standards and Curriculum
Delaware City Schools follow the Common Core State Standards. Students in grades 9 through 12 attend class each day from 7:25 a.m. until noon. Students must be in class for at least 180 minutes and at least 50 minutes of that time can be spent doing homework. Delaware City Schools require all students to take the following courses: English, World Language, Math, Science, Social Studies, Health, Physical Education, Computer Science, Visual/Performing Arts, Electives and Diverse Learners. The district also has several initiatives designed to help students with special needs.
Athletics and Clubs
In addition to the many academic and extracurricular opportunities provided by Delaware City Schools, students have numerous opportunities to participate in athletics. The district has several athletic programs that include cheerleading, volleyball, cross country, basketball, baseball, softball, soccer, tennis, track and field, golf, and various sports for students with disabilities. Students have countless opportunities to participate in community service projects and club activities as well.
Late Night Snack Program
Delaware City Schools offer a late night snack program for students who have been in the cafeteria for their meal. Students who need to eat at 12:30 a.m. or later have the option of ordering a late night snack. Students can select from a wide variety of foods that are available at the cafeteria or they can have a friend pick up food from the cafeteria. Students who wish to avail themselves of the late night snack program are required to fill out a form at the cafeteria or submit a request online.
Health and Wellness Programs
In order to help students stay healthy, Delaware City Schools offer a variety of physical activity and health programs. Students in grades 9 through 12 have access to the following programs:
Important Resources for Parents
For more information about Delaware City Schools and Delaware High School, please visit derekdelaware.org and dcs.derekdelaware.org. For more information about Delaware City Schools and the district’s policies related to discipline and attendance, please visit dcs.derekdelaware.org/school-policy. For more information about Delaware City Schools and the district’s policies related to bullying, please visit dcs.derekdelaware.org/bullying. For more information about Delaware City Schools and transfer information, please visit dcs.derekdelaware.org/transfers. For more information about Delaware City Schools and the district’s policies related to athletics and activities, please visit dcs.derekdelaware.org/athletics.
The Blue Devil football team has a long and storied history. The Blue Devils won their first state championship in 1964, defeating Newark High School in the football final. Since then, they have won five more championships, most recently in 2005. The football team has been to the state championship game eleven times, and has played in four championship games. The Blue Devil football team has won the state championship three times, in 1964, 1965, and 2001. The Blue Devils are also one of the most successful programs in the state, having won eleven conference championships, the most recent being in the ECSC in 2016. Delaware High School is a crucial part in student life, especially in Wilmington, where there are many different things to do. The Halloween Trick or Treat event, the Spirit Week events, and the Late Night Snack Program are just some of the many activities that are hosted by Delaware High School.