By Tyler Clemens and Chase Chandler
William Penn High school has not necessarily been known for pumping out professional athletes, but it has produced a few. Brett Oberholtzer is a William Penn alumni and is now on the active roster of the Philadelphia Phillies. He was involved in an offseason trade with the Houston Astros as he was traded to the Phillies along with Vincent Velasquez , Mike Appel , and Thomas Eshelman.
William Penn also has been the starting place for former major league player Cliff Brumbaugh. Brumbaugh played in 21 games in 2001 for both the Texas Rangers and the Colorado Rockies. In his 21 games, Brumbaugh hit .217 with one home run and four RBI’s. In the following months, Brumbaugh was sent back down to the minor leagues and eventually he signed with the Chicago White Sox but was never called back up. Brumbaugh would go onto play in the Korean baseball league and Mexican league.
William Penn alumni Jim Sherman graduated from here with the class of ’78. He is also the head coach of the University of Delaware baseball team and played on the professional level for two years. He was invited to spring training camp two years in a row for the Houston Astros playing as high as the AAA level in their organization. He also was a dominate player in college where he won all-conference honors all four years. He hit 46 home runs in his four seasons at UD and that is very impressive for that level and the amount of games they play. He still ranks second all time in RBI’s at Delaware. After leaving his career as a player of the Houston Astros, he took the reigns of the Wilmington University wildcats baseball team and took them to six district 19 championships, and the NAIA World series. Now he is the head coach of the University of Delaware Blue Hens and currently is the all time win leader with a 245-205 record as a head coach.
William Penn has produced a few pro athletes andmany successful people. These three athletes are just an example of the caliber of students, athletes, and professionals that come out of William Penn High School.