Louis E. Dieruff High School
|Louis E. Dieruff High School|
|815 North Irving Street
|Color(s)||Blue and Gray|
|Website||Official Louis E. Dieruff High School Web Site|
Louis E. Dieruff High School (typically referred to as Dieruff High School) is a public high school located in Allentown, Pennsylvania, in the United States. The school is named after Louis E. Dieruff, a noted educator in the Allentown School District.
The school, founded in 1959, is located at 815 North Irving Street in Allentown. It serves students in grades nine through 12 from the eastern and southern southern parts of the city.
Allentown's other public high school, William Allen High School (founded in 1858 as Allentown High School), serves students from the western and central parts of the city. Dieruff is the smaller of the two schools.
Its construction began in 1958 as a prospective junior high school to serve the growing population of Allentown. In 1965 the Allentown School District Planetarium was added to the building. Additional classrooms and the East Branch of the Allentown Public Library (later closed and converted to classrooms) were built in 1970.
Under the Allentown School District's Comprehensive Facilities Plan, at a cost of $28million, the school has seen recent renovation and the addition of the Michael P. Meilinger wing in 2009, used mostly for freshman classes.
On September 7, 2008 just before 3pm, an EF1 tornado about 50 yards wide touched down causing minor damage to the school. This caused for classes on September 8–10, 2008 to be canceled to clean up.
The school's class size is approximately 16 students per teacher, with the Pennsylvania average at 15 per teacher. The student ethnicity is as follows: Hispanic 60%, White 22%, Black 15%, Asian & Pacific Islander 2%, and Native American & Native Alaskan less than 1%. 79% of students are eligible for a free or reduced-price lunch, with the state average at 33%.
The Allentown School District was ranked 482nd out of 498 Pennsylvania school districts, in 2010, by the Pittsburgh Business Times. The ranking was based on student academic achievement on four years of PSSA results in: reading, writing, mathematics and two years of science.
In 2010 the high school is in Corrective Action II 3rd Year level in AYP status due to chronically low student achievement for the past five years. The Pennsylvania Department of Education identified the school as Persistently Low Performing in its application for the 2010 federal School Improvement Grant funding.
11th grade Math:
2010 - 38% on grade level. In Pennsylvania, 59% of 11th graders are on grade level in Math
2009 - 37%, State - 55%
2008 - 35%, State - 56%
11th grade Science:
2010 - 14% on grade level. In Pennsylvania, 39% of 11th graders are on grade level in Science.
2009 - 12%, State - 40%
Awards and achievements
- 1961: Lehigh Valley Big 6 Champions
- 1964: Lehigh Valley Big 6 Champions
- 1969: Lehigh Valley Big 8 Tri-Champions
- 1971: Lehigh Valley Big 6 Champions
- 1977: East Penn Conference Champions
- 1979: Undefeated champions (10-0-1), East Penn Conference.
- 1981: Tri-champions with (Emmaus High School and Whitehall High School), East Penn Conference.
- 1992: East Penn Conference Champions
- 1966: District XI Champions
- 1967: District XI Champions
- 1968: District XI Champions
- 1969: District XI Champions
- 1977: District XI Champions
- 1997: East Penn Conference Champions
- 1975: District XI Champions - PIAA State Champions
- 1976: - PIAA State Champions
- 1983: District XI Champions
Dieruff High School has had many students who have won various individual awards and competitions, including:
- Three-Straight 4th Place finishes in the Pennsylvania State "We The People" Competition in Philadelphia (2005–2007)
- Olympiad of the Mind runner-ups (2005)
- Three-Straight 1st Place finishes in the Midwest Regional JROTC Drill Competition in Galloway, Ohio
- AFJROTC Drill Midwest Region Champions: 2004-2005-2006
- Two-Straight 1st Place finishes in the Eastern Regional JROTC Drill Competition in Sewell, New Jersey (2005–2006)
- AFJROTC Drill Norhteast Region Champions: 2000-2002-2003-2006
- 2005 AFJROTC Dieruff Huskies PA-011 National Drill Champions #1 Team in the Nation.
- 2006 AFJROTC Dieruff Huskies PA-011 National Drill Champions #1 Team in the Nation.
- 2nd Place, Group 1A Marching Band, US Scholastic Band Association's Yamaha Cup. "Best Percussion," and "Best Music" awards, Giants Stadium, East Rutherford, New Jersey, 2006.
- 1st place, Group 1A Marching Band, US Scholastic Band Association's Yamaha Cup. giants Stadium, East Rutherford, New Jersey, 2009
- Dieruff's 2009 yearbook, The 'L Edition, was selected as a national sample and distributed to other schools as a sample of a good yearbook, and was also picked to be featured in the Yearbook Yearbook, a book displaying the best of the best from Taylor Publishing.
- 2013 Air Force National JROTC Drill Championship 2nd Place Armed Regulation Drill
- 2013 Air Force National JROTC Drill Championship 3rd Place Commanders Trophy-C/Major Kevin Nguyen
The school's mascot, an Alaskan husky, is an actual husky dog named "Kiska V" (now the fifth dog mascot so named by the school since 1959). The husky is named in honor of the 10 men and women captured by the Japanese on Kiska Island in 1942, during World War II, some of whom were Allentown servicemen. Dieruff's teams are known as "Huskies".
Amidst Cold War fears of science education inadequacy and a general interest in astronomy before the Moon landing, the Allentown School District erected a planetarium inside Louis E. Dieruff High School in 1965.
Following an acrimonious budget debate in 1991, wherein all programs that were deemed as "nonessential" were to be removed from the Allentown School District's budget, all funding for the continued operation and upkeep of the planetarium has come from private sources.
The planetarium was closed in 2010. 
Dieruff competes in the Lehigh Valley Conference in District XI of the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association (PIAA). The conference is generally considered one of the most competitive in the state and nation and has produced many professional athletes.
Clubs and activities
Academic Bowl, Acceptance Club, AFJROTC, Art Club, Art Archives, Band (Marching Band, Jazz Band, Concert Band, etc.), Band Front, Chess Team, Choir, Class Councils, Dance Team, Debate Team, Drama Club, Environmental Club, Future Educators Association, German Honor Society, International Club, Key Club, "The Leader" Newspaper, "Ledannus" Yearbook, National Honor Society, Physical Fitness Club, SADD, Scholastic Scrimmage, School Council, Ski Club, Spanish Honor Society, Stage Crew, Strategic Gaming Club, Student Council, Student Forum, Weightlifting Club, and Sew What Club
- Rick Braun, jazz musician
- Andre Reed, former professional football player, Buffalo Bills and Washington Redskins
- Bren Wrona Norris singer/songwriter, voting member of the Recording Academy Miss Pennsylvania
- Daniel Fuller, US Ambassador to DPRK, (2004--2010) and current vice-secretary of the Korean Friendship Association
Dieruff High School, be our stay, wearing proudly Blue and Gray! May we for thy spirit yearn; Help us e’er to seek and learn. Now, hail our Alma Mater strong And may we proudly say: To you we ever will belong! We salute you, Blue and Gray!
- Statewide Honor Roll Rankings 2010, released April 30, 2010.
- Honor Roll Rank - state public districts, Pittsburgh Business Times, June 2008
- Three of the top Districts in state hail from Allegheny County. Pittsburgh Business Times, May 23, 2007
- Allentown City School District Report Card 2010
- Louis E Dieruff High School Academic Achievement Report Card data table 2010
- LOUIS E DIERUFF High School Academic Achievement Report Card 2009
- Louis E Drieruff High School Academic Achievement Report Card Performance levels 2010
- LOUIS E DIERUFF HS 2009 PSSA information The Morning Call 2009
- Official Louis E. Dieruff High School Web Site.
- Louis E. Dieruff High School at Public School Review.
- Louis E. Dieruff High School athletics schedule and scores at HighSchoolSports.net.
- Louis E. Dieruff Page at Lehigh Valley Conference Official Web Site.