Philly-area school has 14 sets of graduating twins

Twin birth rate in United States rose 76 percent from 1980 through 2009
Associated Press
Jun 10, 2014


Those attending a suburban Philadelphia high school commencement ceremony this month will see a lot of familiar faces: The school plans to graduate no fewer than 14 pairs of twins.

The 2014 graduating class of William Tennent High School in Bucks County includes five sets of male twins, seven sets of male/female twins and two sets of female twins.

School principal Dennis Best said he isn't surprised by the number among the 485 graduates.

"I am reminded of this on a daily basis while walking through the hallways and wondering 'How did I just walk by the same student twice?'" he said.

The twin birth rate rose 76 percent from 1980 through 2009, from 18.9 to 33.3 per 1,000 births, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports. That means one in every 30 babies born in the United States was a twin in 2009 compared with one in every 53 in 1980.

Researchers have attributed the increase to growing use of fertility drugs and treatments and more births to older women, since mothers in their 30s are more likely to have twins than younger or older women.

One student, Nicole Alden, said being a twin with her brother Matt brings social advantages as her sibling has friends the same age, calling it "the best of both worlds."

"There's always knowing someone is there for you because they've been with you your entire life," Matt added.

Nicole Teeter, a biology teacher at Tennent, praised the sets of twins as being "some of the best kids in the school."

"They're a really nice group," he said. "They're polite, they're active, they're involved in the community and the school."



I have twins. Mine were au'natural. Due to the rise in twins and the rise in fertility drugs and treatments after mine were born I had a lady fight with me that I had to have had "help". She was rather rude and adamant that I had to have help to conceive twins. This conversation took place in the store after she stopped me to admire my newborns. She decided to get personal and continue to question me on what "help" I had had, and the sooner I just admit to it the better off it would be. There was no shame in admitting that I needed help in conceiving. It was not natural to conceive twins with out medical intervention. Finally after I had had enough of her incoherent nonsense, I told her the only help I had was from my husband and I walked away. This woman actually believed you could ONLY have twins from medical intervention. LOL (there are 4 sets in my kids class)

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Kudos to you Lady, and all the other moms with multiples, with or without medical fertilization. I got exhausted taking care of one baby at a time, I couldn't imagine twice the amount of work.


My husband and I were lucky enough to still be at home with my parents (my husband was fresh out of the Marine Corps) we had lots of help when they were tiny.

I just cannot believe that someone could be under the assumption that you could only have multiples with medical assistance. My doctor (from Sandusky) said his largest naturals multiples were spontaneous quads, I think he said in Huron.


My girl/boy twins were conceived without medical assistance as well. I always chuckle to myself when someone asks, "Were they natural?" I always want to say, "No, I ordered them online from the twin factory. They arrived via UPS." It amazes me how many people ask how they were conceived. I can't imagine asking a stranger that question.


I think once you have had twins, it is some unwritten rule that you are now a "freak show" and everyone is allowed to ask the most PRIVATE questions and they think you are obligated to answer. Were they natural, how did you deliver, did you breastfeed, etc, etc. It was extremely odd. Then when you ask mothers of singles if strangers asked them the same questions they would say "No". Why is it ok to ask one mother such things but not another? LOL


Two of my great-aunts were twins-- They're 90-something years old now, and I know back in the early 1900s, that kind of technology wasn't around and if it was, it probably would be frowned upon!