Greater Johnstown High School

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Greater Johnstown High School
222 Central Avenue
Johnstown, Pennsylvania, Cambria, 15902
United States
Established 1895
School district Greater Johnstown School District
Superintendent Dr. Gerald L. Zahorchak
Principal Michael Vuckovich
Assistant principals Michael Dadey
Amy Arcurio
Grades 9-12
Color(s) Black and Columbia Blue
Team name Trojans

Greater Johnstown High School is a high school located in between the neighborhoods of Moxham, 8th Ward and Hornerstown in Johnstown, Pennsylvania, in the United States. It is the senior high school for the Greater Johnstown School District. The current Superintendent is Dr. Gerald L. Zahorchak, himself a graduate of the school district. The first recorded alumni of the school are listed as graduating in 1882. Over 50,000 students have graduated from this high school. The current Secretary of Education for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Dr. Gerald Zahorchak, is himself a 1975 graduate of Johnstown High. Other notable graduates include: CFL all-time receptions leader Geroy Simon, Saturday Night Live actor Tim Kazurinsky, actress Carroll Baker, former Pittsburgh Steeler Pro-Bowler Carlton Haselrig, current Pittsburgh Steeler LaRod Stephens-Howling and Spider-Man comics co-creator Steve Ditko. In the 1930s, dancing legend Gene Kelly was the choreographer for the Johnstown High School Musicals.


Johnstown participates in high school athletics as a member of the Laurel Highlands Athletics Conference (LHAC) and the school has won many LHAC titles.

Boys Athletics[edit]

The boys basketball team has won district 6 four years in a row (2009-2012)

Competitive Musical Groups[edit]

Greater Johnstown High School's competitive groups compete on the NJA/TOB Circuit. The Marching Band and Gnomon Indoor Percussion ensembles are directed by Samuel Fuge, and Essay Performance Company (indoor colorguard) is directed by Stefanie Zucco.

  • Marching Band-Group 1 Open
  • Gnomon Indoor Percussion-Scholastic Intermediate A Percussion
  • Essay Performance Company-Scholastic A Guard

Girls Athletics[edit]

Johnstown appeared in the 2005 PIAA Class AAA Boy's Basketball state title game before falling to Steelton-Highspire High School. the Team also won the class AAA district 6 title in Football and Boy's Basketball in 2009.


Alma Mater (To Dear Old Johnstown High)

In the shadow of the mountain/ With the stream meandering by/ rises glorious Johnstown High School/ O'er surroundings towering high/

CHORUS: Raise your voices, waft the echoes/ Thru the valleys' far away/ Hoist the black and pale blue banner/ With our praises let it sway/

From thy chapel in the morning/ Where thy Maker's help is sought/ To the end of every session/ Truth and steadfastness are taught/


In athletics as in studies/ Mingles honor of thy name/ Which spurs our men to victory/ And makes them known to fame/


So to thee our inspiration/ Lift we this, our song of praise / While to thy most faithful guidance/ We Will trust our future days/


Fight song

Trojan Power/ Firm and strong/ Out in Front/ Where we belong/ Push for victory/ Bring success/ We're the finest,/ We're the best/ So fight on Johnstown/ Win this game/ Bring us forture/ Bring us fame / Our men of Troy / Will meet the test/ Johnstown High School / is the Best/

The cadence is also very famous among the locals and features the entire percussion section playing a very danceable beat.