Deptford Township High School

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Deptford Township High School
575 South Fox Run Road

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United States
Coordinates39°48′29″N 75°06′43″W / 39.808062°N 75.11205°W / 39.808062; -75.11205Coordinates: 39°48′29″N 75°06′43″W / 39.808062°N 75.11205°W / 39.808062; -75.11205
TypePublic high school
NCES School ID340390002512[1]
PrincipalJeff Lebb
Faculty85.1 FTEs[1]
Enrollment1,025 (as of 2019–20)[1]
Student to teacher ratio12.0:1[1]
Color(s)  Vegas gold and
Athletics conferenceTri-County Conference[3] (general)
West Jersey Football League (football)
Team nameSpartans[2]
NewspaperSpartan Spirit

Deptford Township High School (also Deptford High School) is a four-year comprehensive community public high school that serves students in ninth through twelfth grades, located in Deptford Township, in Gloucester County, New Jersey, United States, operating as the lone secondary school of the Deptford Township Schools.

As of the 2019–20 school year, the school had an enrollment of 1,025 students and 85.1 classroom teachers (on an FTE basis), for a student–teacher ratio of 12.0:1. There were 323 students (31.5% of enrollment) eligible for free lunch and 85 (8.3% of students) eligible for reduced-cost lunch.[1]


In 1956, the school district approved construction of a $600,000 junior high school that would ultimately be transitioned for use as the district's high school.[4] The school opened in 1957.[5]

The first classes taught at Gloucester County College (now Rowan College at Gloucester County) when it opened in September 1968 were held at Deptford Township High School and Monongahela Junior High School.[6]

Awards, recognition and rankings[edit]

The school was the 259th-ranked public high school in New Jersey out of 339 schools statewide in New Jersey Monthly magazine's September 2014 cover story on the state's "Top Public High Schools", using a new ranking methodology.[7] The school had been ranked 242nd in the state of 328 schools in 2012, after being ranked 255th in 2010 out of 322 schools listed.[8] The magazine ranked the school 252nd in 2008 out of 316 schools.[9] The school was ranked 226th in the magazine's September 2006 issue, which surveyed 316 schools across the state.[10] ranked the school 229th out of 376 public high schools statewide in its 2010 rankings (an increase of 26 positions from the 2009 rank) which were based on the combined percentage of students classified as proficient or above proficient on the language arts literacy and mathematics components of the High School Proficiency Assessment (HSPA).[11]


A typical school day at Deptford High School is 7 hours with around 6 hours of classroom instruction. Average class sizes for 9, 10, 11, and 12 grades are 17.3, 18.7, 15.3, and 13.1, respectively. An average class size at Deptford is about 16.1 students as compared to the state average of 18.9 students. The student-computer ratio is 2.5 students for 1 computer, compared to a state average of 3.3:1. Of the 462 computers in the building, all 462 are connected to the internet.

Extracurricular activities[edit]


The Deptford High School Spartans[2] compete as one of the member schools in the Tri-County Conference, which is comprised of public and private high schools located in Camden, Cape May, Cumberland, Gloucester and Salem counties.[3] The conference is overseen by the New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association (NJSIAA).[12] With 829 students in grades 10-12, the school was classified by the NJSIAA for the 2019–20 school year as Group III for most athletic competition purposes, which included schools with an enrollment of 761 to 1,058 students in that grade range.[13] The football team competes in the Royal Division of the 95-team West Jersey Football League superconference[14][15] and was classified by the NJSIAA as Group III South for football for 2018–2020.[16]

The boys track team won the indoor state championship in Group III in 1970. The girls team was Group II co-champion in 1998.[17]

The football team won the NJSIAA South Jersey Group III state sectional championship in 1978 and the South Jersey Group II titles in 1998, 2003 and 2004.[18] A crowd of 3,500 watched as the 1978 team defeated Collingswood High School by a score of 14-0 to win the South Jersey Group III sectional title and finish the season with a record of 11-0.[19] The team won the 2004 title with a 28–21 win over Moorestown High School.[20]

The boys track team won the indoor relay championship in Group II in 2019.[21]

The boys track team won the spring track state championship in Group III in 2019.[22]

Spartan Marching Band[edit]

The school's marching band finished in first place at the 2007 United States Scholastic Band Association National Championships, competing as a Group I band at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore, Maryland on November 16, 2007, with a score of 93.35.[23]

The band scored first place in the 2014 TOB Atlantic Coast Championships with a score of 97.30.[24]

National Honor Society[edit]

Deptford received its National Honor Society charter in 1960 and has been actively inducting members since.


In 2003, Deptford's NJROTC (Naval Junior Reserve Officers' Training Corps) program was established.

Other activities[edit]

Other activities at Deptford High School include Chess Club, All-School Musical (which usually takes place in the Spring), Culture Club, Debate Club, ERASE, the Fall Play, FBLA, Future Teachers of America, Freshman Transition, Gay-Straight Alliance, Girls' Athletic Association, Healthcare Careers Club, Mock Trial,[25] National Art Honor Society, National Honor Society, Peer Mediation, Peer Tutors, Project Graduation, RAP (Respect All People), Robotics Club, Rotary Interact, Students Against Destructive Decisions, Science Club, Spartan Spirit Newspaper, Strength and Conditioning, Student Athletic Trainers, and SGA.[26]


The school's principal is Jeff Lebb. His administration team includes four vice principals.[27]

Notable alumni[edit]

  • Shaun T. Fitness (born 1978), motivational speaker, fitness trainer and choreographer best known for his home fitness programs T25, Insanity and Hip-Hop Abs.[28]
  • Dave Rowe (born 1945, class of 1963), former football player, who played in the NFL from 1967 to 1978.[29][30]
  • Patti Smith (born 1946), singer-songwriter and 2007 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee.[31][32]


  1. ^ a b c d e School data for Deptford Township High School, National Center for Education Statistics. Accessed April 1, 2021.
  2. ^ a b c Deptford Township High School, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed October 20, 2020.
  3. ^ a b Member Schools, Tri-County Conference. Accessed November 18, 2020.
  4. ^ "Deptford Twp. OKs Contract For School", Courier-Post, September 19, 1956. Accessed April 11, 2021, via "Deptford Township Board ot Education has awarded contracts totaling $622,764 for construction of a 23-classroom junior high school on Fox Run Rd. Township voters approved a $900,000 bond issue last Dec. 13 to construct a nine-ciassroom elementary school not to exceed $200,000 and the junior high school at a cost of $700,000.... The board, at a special meeting, voted to name the new school 'Deptford Township High School.'"
  5. ^ School Profile, Deptford Township High School. Accessed April 11, 2021. "Established in 1957, Deptford Township High School is a comprehensive senior high school of approximately 1,250 students in grades 9-12. It is approved by the New Jersey Department of Education."
  6. ^ College Background, Rowan College at Gloucester County. Accessed September 9, 2017. "Some 600 charter students were enrolled in September 1968, attending classes at Deptford High School and Monongahela Junior High School."
  7. ^ Staff. "Top Schools Alphabetical List 2014", New Jersey Monthly, September 2, 2014. Accessed September 5, 2014.
  8. ^ Staff. "The Top New Jersey High Schools: Alphabetical", New Jersey Monthly, August 16, 2012. Accessed September 24, 2012.
  9. ^ Staff. "2010 Top High Schools", New Jersey Monthly, August 16, 2010. Accessed April 12, 2011.
  10. ^ "Top New Jersey High Schools 2008: By Rank", New Jersey Monthly, September 2008, posted August 7, 2008. Accessed August 19, 2008.
  11. ^ New Jersey High School Rankings: 11th Grade HSPA Language Arts Literacy & HSPA Math 2009–2010[permanent dead link], Accessed January 3, 2012.
  12. ^ League & Conference Officers/Affiliated Schools 2020-2021, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed October 20, 2020.
  13. ^ NJSIAA General Public School Classifications 2019–2020, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed November 20, 2020.
  14. ^ Deptford Spartans, West Jersey Football League. Accessed February 1, 2021.
  15. ^ Minnick, Kevin. "Football: Entering 10th season, a new leader for state’s second-largest conference", NJ Advance Media for, August 8, 2019. Accessed September 5, 2020. "The WJFL was created in 2010 as a way to help teams play a full schedule and face opponents of similar size, ability and geographical location.... The league is comprised of 16 divisions and includes better than 90 high schools."
  16. ^ NJSIAA Football Public School Classifications 2018–2020, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association, finalized August 2019. Accessed October 20, 2020.
  17. ^ NJSIAA Indoor Group Championship History, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed November 20, 2020.
  18. ^ NJSIAA Football History, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed October 20, 2020.
  19. ^ Carchidi, Sam. "Deptford captures Group 3 crown; Shuts out Colts for 11-0 year", The Philadelphia Inquirer, December 3, 1978. Accessed March 9, 2021, via "A beaming coach Joe Corbi looked like an over-inflated basketball, bouncing up and down atop the shoulders of his joyous Deptford football players, as they danced off the Sterling High field yesterday after finally securing the South Jersey Group 3 football championship before 3,500 spectators. The Spartans (11-0), The Inquirer's No. 1 South Jersey football team for every week this season, had just worn down a stubborn Collingswood squad (9-2), 14-0, to capture their first sectional title after three unsuccessful attempts."
  20. ^ 2004 Football Tournament – South, Group III, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed June 6, 2007.
  21. ^ History of the NJSIAA Indoor Relay Championships, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed December 1, 2020.
  22. ^ NJSIAA Spring Track Summary of Group Titles Boys, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed December 1, 2020.
  23. ^ Championship, Group I, M&T Bank Stadium, November 16, 2007[permanent dead link], United States Scholastic Band Association. Accessed November 18, 2007.
  24. ^ Atlantic Coast Champions by Year, Tournament of Bands. Accessed March 9, 2021.
  25. ^ Vincent J. Apruzzese Mock Trial. Accessed January 1, 2010.
  26. ^ Activities Archived December 10, 2015, at the Wayback Machine, Deptford Township High School. Accessed December 8, 2015.
  27. ^ About Us, Deptford Township High School. Accessed April 11, 2021.
  28. ^ Kuperinsky, Amy. "How celebrity trainer Shaun T went from Camden survivor to fitness superstar", NJ Advance Media for, August 8, 2016, updated July 21, 2017. Accessed September 27, 2018. "Shaun Thompson was born in Camden and spent his early years with his mother and brother in Philadelphia. Feeling trapped by what he describes as four years of sexual abuse by a family member, he took refuge with his grandparents in Deptford.... At Deptford High School, Blokker was a natural at track and field, but he really wanted to be the next Anderson Cooper."
  29. ^ Narducci, Marc. "Rowe grateful for Deptford induction", The Philadelphia Inquirer, April 15, 2009. Accessed September 24, 2012. "Dave Rowe has had lunch with a president and played 12 years in the NFL, earning one Super Bowl ring and two Pro Bowl selections, and yet he can't stop talking about his coming induction into the Deptford Athletic Hall of Fame. Rowe, Class of '63, is among seven members and one team to be inducted in the inaugural Hall class on April 27 at Auletto Caterers in Deptford."
  30. ^ Dave Rowe Archived September 30, 2007, at the Wayback Machine, database Football. Accessed October 6, 2007.
  31. ^ Staff. "Exit Interview: Patti Smith; The pride of Deptford High is the subject of a new book and documentary", Philadelphia, August 2008. Accessed September 24, 2012. "That's where the similarities end: Smith, a Deptford High grad, left the 'Boro to become a groundbreaking singer, artist, activist, and inductee into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame; Exit Interview asks famous people stupid questions."
  32. ^ "The Ultimate New Jersey High School Yearbook: T-Z And Also...", The Star-Ledger, June 27, 1999. Accessed August 4, 2007.

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