Details About William Penn Senior High School Evacuation

Details about response to accident involving district school bus

This morning, a bus transporting students from William Penn Senior High School to the Edgar Fahs Smith STEAM Academy was involved in an accident. Six students were transported to the hospital for assessment of possible injuries. As of 3 p.m., each of the students had been treated and released from the hospital. The driver of the school bus was also transported to the hospital. All other students on the bus were evaluated by school nurses.

The school district contacted parents of the affected students and will report more information to the public when it is available. The safety and well-being of our students is always our top priority. We appreciate the community’s support and patience as we continue to investigate.

Friday, Jan. 4: Girls JV basketball game at Boiling Springs canceled

Due to a flu outbreak at Boiling Springs High School, the girls' JV basketball game has been canceled. However, the varsity teams will still play. Game time is 7 p.m. at Boiling Springs. Get well soon, Boiling Springs! And good luck, Bearcats!

William Penn

Message from the Principal

Brandon Carter


It is with honor and great pride that I welcome you to William Penn Senior High School. Our school serves more than 1,200 students in grades nine through twelve and more than 100 staff members. We strive to be more than just a school; we are a family, the Bearcat Family. It is here that we build relationships and guide our students developmentally, academically and socially in order for them to have the skillset that will serve them in their post-secondary opportunities of their choice — college, career or serving our great country!

William Penn provides learning opportunities in the major subject areas of English, Math, Science, Social Studies, World Languages and Physical Education. Students may also opt to take classes in Art, Music, Performing Arts (in partnership with the Strand-Capitol Performing Arts Center) and JROTC. If a student wishes to be challenged with our most rigorous courses of study, we offer the College Board Advanced Placement (AP) Program, and Dual-Enrollment through York College Community Opportunity Scholarship Program (YCCOSP) and Harrisburg Area Community College (HACC).

William Penn is a professional learning community where everyone is committed to working together for the success of all students. We invite you experience our school, where we are “Making Great Things Happen!”

— Principal Brandon Carter


Mr. Brandon T. Carter is a native of Nashville, Tennessee. He serves as the Executive Principal of William Penn Senior High School with the School District of the City of York. Serving as a positive male role model for his students, Mr. Carter has been described as a talented, innovative and enthusiastic man who has a strong commitment to promoting character, academic excellence and equipping young people with the skills necessary to be successful in every aspect of their lives.

Mr. Carter completed his undergraduate work at Morgan State University in Baltimore, Maryland in Elementary & Middle School Education. He went on to receive his Principal’s certificate from Temple University where he earned a Masters degree in Educational Administration and additional work toward his Doctoral degree.

For much of his professional career, Mr. Carter has worked with students with oppositional behaviors and cognitive disabilities at the elementary level. He has been an elementary classroom teacher, core curriculum specialist, and an assistant principal. Mr. Carter currently volunteers as an Executive Director on the Board of Directors for the Capital Area Music Association (CAMA).

Mr. Carter implemented numerous community enhancement projects and received numerous awards and recognitions, including the Mayor’s Citation from the chief executive of Baltimore City.

Mr. Carter looks forward to continuous improvements in himself and others to increase student achievement and raise the bar of excellence in education through being resourceful, student-focused and solutions-oriented. He is committed to promoting a positive environment that is conducive to learning while leading with a positive spirit, open communication and mutual respect among students, colleagues and the community.

Mr. Carter lives his life through the quote, “To the world you may be one person, but to one person you may be the world!”


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