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Cherry Hill High School East is a four-year comprehensive public high school located in Cherry Hillmarker, New Jerseymarker, United Statesmarker, as part of the Cherry Hill Public Schools. The school opened in 1967 as the township's second High School; Cherry Hill High School Westmarker was the first public high school in Cherry Hill. The first class graduated in June 1970, having started their freshman year in the Fall of 1966 in the West building doing split sessions until the East building was ready for occupancy in January 1967. '70 was the only class in the new building until the class of 1971 arrived in Fall 1967. By Fall 1969 the building housed all four grades.

As of the 2006-07 school year, the school had an enrollment of 2,191 students and 127 classroom teachers (on an FTE basis), for a student–teacher ratio of 17.3.

The school is one of three high schools in the district; the others are Cherry Hill High School Westmarker and Cherry Hill Alternative High School.

Awards and recognition

For the 2001-2002 school year, Cherry Hill High School East received the Blue Ribbon Award from the United States Department of Education, the highest honor that an American school can achieve.

In Newsweek's 2007 edition of "America's Top Public High Schools" ranked Cherry Hill High School East in 1258th place, the 38th-highest ranked school in New Jersey.

In 2007, School Digger ranked it as the 27th best high school (out of 356) in New Jersey.

The school was the 61st-ranked public high school in New Jersey out of 316 schools statewide, in New Jersey Monthly magazine's September 2008 cover story on the state's Top Public High Schools. The school was ranked 42nd in the magazine's September 2006 issue, which included 316 schools across the state.

Cherry Hill High School East won the 1998 National High School Mock Trial Championship, held in Albuquerque, New Mexicomarker.

The American Scholastic Press Association named Cherry Hill High School East’s newspaper, Eastside, #1 in the country in 2005.

In the 2009 National History Day competition, the team representing Cherry Hill High School East in the Senior Group Documentary division placed 5th in the nation.


The Cherry Hill High School East Cougars participate in the Olympic Conference, which consists of public and private high schools located in Burlington Countymarker and Camden Countymarker.

Cross country

The Cherry Hill East Cross Country team placed 5th at the Group 4 boys NJSIAA South Sectional Championships in 2009. The team placed 6th at the Group 4 boys NJSIAA South Sectional Championships in 2007. [267719]

Varsity Basketball

Cherry Hill East's basketball team is coached by South Jersey Hall of Fame Coach John Valore. East basketball teams are consistently ranked year after year in the Top Ten in South Jersey.

Varsity Football

The football team was ranked #1 in The Courier-Post's "Large School Top 10." This is the first time the Cougars have been ranked since 1996, when they were ranked in the top 5 during the preseason. The Cougars have clinched a spot in the South Jersey Group IV playoffs for the first time since the early 1990s. The Cougars play their home games at the township stadium, Jonas C. Morris Stadium, which they share with Cherry Hill High School West. Annually, the Cougars face cross town rival Cherry Hill West on Thanksgiving morning. The winner of the contest receives the Al DiBart Memorial Trophy, also known as 'the Boot'. The Cherry Hill High School West Lions defeated the Cougars 33-14 in 2007 to reclaim the trophy. East leads the series 29-10 as of December 2007. Scores of all East-West games from 1969 can be found on the 'East' page at

Varsity Volleyball

The girls volleyball team, coached by Scott Mooney, won its first New Jersey State Championship in November 2005, posting victories over perennial powerhouses Hunterdon-Central and Bridgewater-Rariton.

The boys volleyball team won New Jersey State Championships in 1996, 1997 and 1998.

Varsity Tennis

The boys tennis team won the 2007 South, Group IV state sectional championship with a string of 5-0 wins over Washington Township High Schoolmarker, Toms River High School Northmarker, and ultimately Egg Harbor Township High Schoolmarker in the tournament final.

In 2007, the girls tennis team won the South Jersey, Group IV state sectional championship with a 4-1 win over Washington Township High Schoolmarker in the tournament final.


The boys bowling team won the 2007 New Jersey State Championship, led by William Hoese, Eric Cornog, Dan Kane, Jay Davis, and Derek Solomon, with averages of 218, 215, 194, 194, and 182, respectively.

Ice Hockey

Cherry Hill High School East has a separate club ice hockey team as a member of the South Jersey High School Ice Hockey League. Every Wednesday night before Thanksgiving, the club plays the Cherry Hill High School West ice hockey club for the Golden Skate award.


The Cherry Hill Music Department is award-winning. In 2007, the Cherry Hill East, "East Singers" received a Superior Rating and Best Overall Mixed Ensemble from a Boston Choir Competition.

The East Choral program consists of eight performing groups:

  • Vocal Workshop: Entry-level choir. No audition necessary. Consists of grades 9-12.

  • Chansons: Women's choir made up of 10th through 12th grade women. Auditioned group.

  • Concert Choir: An auditioned mixed choir consisting of 10th through 12th grade men and women.

  • East Singers: An Advanced auditioned mixed choir consisting of 10th through 12th grade men and women. In addition to school concerts, East Singers performs off-campus in select concerts. They made their Carnegie hall debut in 1997 and consistently receive superior ratings at adjudications and festivals. They performed Carmina Burana at the prestigious Kimmel Center in May 2005 as a Concert for Hope to benefit breast cancer research at City of Hope. The concert raised $40,000. In February 2006, they hosted the first East Coffee House that raised $8319.00 for Alex's Lemonade Stand. The second annual Coffee House was raising money for Suicide Prevention Education. The cafeteria was made up to look like a coffee house and the Thespians and East Singers decided on the slogan "Life is Groovy."

  • Belles of East: Auditioned group of 14 young women who sing and accompany themselves on English hand bells. All repertoire is arranged by a former or present Belles member. Belles perform throughout the Delaware area all year. They have been invited frequently to perform at Longwood Gardens during the Christmas season and performed in the Cherry Hill Township Arts in Bloom Concert Series.

  • Madrigal Singers: Auditioned group of 19 young men and women who represent the Renaissance era in both music and costume. They have been invited frequently to perform at Longwood Gardens during the Christmas season and performed in the Cherry Hill Township Arts in Bloom Concert Series on March 26, 2006. Madrigals perform throughout the Delaware Valley all year. They have participated in the Rutgers Madrigal Festival and competed at the Pennsylvania Renaissance Faire where they have won the Highest Accolades Award.

  • Casual Harmony: An Auditioned group of 11 young men who perform everything from ballads to pop tunes. They perform throughout the New Jersey area and have also performed in the Cosmic Rays Cafe in Disney World. Casual Harmony was featured this past December on the NBC morning show, “10!” These men are known for their liveliness and comical performances, paired with excellent musicianship. Many mornings at East, Casual Harmony can be heard delivering birthday and special occasion telegrams to students in homeroom.

  • Celebrations: An Auditioned group of traditional hand bell players. Celebrations performs bell arrangements from Classical music to show tunes. This spring, they will guest perform with the Greater South Jersey Chorus.

East is also well known for its Dramatic arts with directors Robert Nation and Tom Weaver. Their past shows include Beauty and the Beast, The King and I, and Fiddler on the Roof. They also were one of the first high schools to perform Rent: School Edition over the summer of 2008. Their director took them to New Yorkmarker to see the show on Broadway and meet the cast, which included Tracie Thoms.

The Cherry Hill East Drama Department perform five shows a year and one over the summer.


  • Dr. John O'Breza – Principal
  • Elizabeth McLeester – Assistant Principal
  • Charles (CJ) Davis – Coordinator of Student Activities

Assistant Principal Leonard Terranova was found dead in his office on March 18, 2008. He apparently returned to his office on the night of March 17 after the senior class trip and suffered a heart attack.

Noted alumni


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