Heartbreak Ridge

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Heartbreak Ridge

The first game played at Neshaminy’s new field, called the “Neshaminy Athletic Field” or “Playwicki Field”, was in 1956. In 1965 Dick Dougherty of the Courier-Times refers to Neshaminy’s football field as “Heartbreak Ridge”. It was appropriately renamed as Harry E. Franks Stadium in 1985. LED lights were installed in July of 2015. Neshaminy is the 1st High School field on the East Coast to have these installed

Wall of Fame

The “Wall of Fame” was built to serve as a very public and important display of the many players, coaches and others who have contributed so much to Neshaminy’s football program since its first season of 1928. The statue of Coach John Petercuskie Sr., 1960 - 1965, was dedicated on September 19, 2010. His record was 59-1-5.


Our Cheer team. led by Michelle Mazur has a long history of winning Championships. Known for their famous Chant "Everybody do the Redskin Rumble", they raise spirits at every game.

Student Section

Neshaminy has strong student participation and they represent at every game no matter home or away. The Redskin 8 changes each year and leads the student section in vocal support of our players.

Marching Band

Under the direction of Mike Lipton, our Marching Band is second to none. With a new and exciting theme each year, they keep the crowds entertained with their excellance in musical creativity and spot-on precision formations. For video of our fight songs click here

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Time will never dim the Glory of the Neshaminy Redskins...Harry E. Franks

  • "Set your goals high, and don’t stop till you get there" — Bo Jackson
  • "If you can’t outplay them, outwork them" — Ben Hogan
  • "Champions keep playing until they get it right" — Billy Jean King
  • "Persistence can change failure into extraordinary achievement" — Matt Biondi
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Football Songs

Many thanks to Keith Pacheco, a former Band parent (Rachel '01, flute and Julie '03, trombone), who so kindly shared with me the words for these songs at the Spring-Ford game, to Homer Bombino for his beautiful videos of Mr. Touchdown and the School Song and to Mr. Lipton for all his assistance in obtaining this information.

Special thanks to Roy Nelson, former music teacher at Neshaminy from 1970 to 2003. Below are his recollections of these two songs:

"I graduated from Neshaminy in 1966, but attended football games from the time I was in 6th grade.... 1959 season.... exciting times for Neshaminy Football.

I'm not sure when the "Fight Song" started, but I don't remember anything else ever being played at football games. The song is the "Washington and Lee Swing", the song from Washington and Lee University. We actually play the arrangement that the University uses, or used at one time. For some reason, the song fell out of use in the late 1980's, but I along with current director Mike Lipton brought it back into use. I know Dr. Ron Daggett used it.

"Mister Touchdown USA" is a pretty standard arrangement. Again, I don't know when it was first used, but I don't remember it NOT being used back in the 60's."

I hope you enjoy this little history of Neshaminy Band's football songs. They bring a special excitement to the games.


Fight Song

Washington and Lee Swing: written in 1910 by Mark W. Sheafe, Clarence A. Robbins, and Thornton W. Allen

Oh when Neshaminy marches down the line

There'll be a smashing victory every time

It's for the dear old school we love so well

It's for the dear old school we yell and yell and yell

So let us fight, fight, fight with all our might

So let us fight until the day is done

It's for the old time yell of sis, boom ba

Rah rah rah! Go Neshaminy!


  • Neshaminy Fight Song Neshaminy Fight Song


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Mr. Touchdown

Mr. Touchdown: Words and Music by William Katz, Gene Piller, Ruth Roberts Copyright 1950

They al-ways call him Mis-ter Touch-down

They al-ways call him Mis-ter Team

He can run and kick and throw

Give him the ball and just look at him go

Hip. hip, hooray for Mis-ter Touch-down

He's gon-na beat 'em to-day

So give a great big cheer for the he-ro of the year

Mis-ter Touch-down USA


  • Mr Touchdown Mr Touchdown


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2015 Compilation

  • 2015 Band Compilation 2015 Band Compilation


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Alma Mater

To the tune of "Varsity Song", Holy Cross College

Neshaminy High School, true to the end

Echoes forever, spirits ascend

Honest endeavor, virue and strife

Memories bring us the best years of our life.

Hail Alma Mater, hail red and blue

Fellow Playwickians, we salute you

Fond recollections, vivid and true

Neshaminy High School, we're loyal to you.


Adopted 1960 - Words by Shirley Heizmann '52 - Musical Arrangement by Leroy Nelson '66


2015 Neshaminy High School Choir Performing The School Song


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