Nazareth Area High School
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|Nazareth High School|
|501 East Center Street|
|Grades||9 - 12|
|Newspaper||The Blue and White Standard|
|Colors||Blue and White|
Nazareth High School is a public high school located in Nazareth, Pennsylvania, in the United States. It is the only high school in the Nazareth Area School District and serves grades 9 through 12. Its mascot is the Blue Eagle and school colors are blue and white. Student enrollment for the 2010-2011 school year was approximately 1,600 students. In a 2006 study conducted by the school district, 43% of households within the district's boundaries reported having one or more children in the high school. As of the 2009-2010 school year, the high school was fully accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools. In 2012, Nazareth Area High School received the Keystone Award from the Pennsylvania Department of Education for achieving Annual Yearly Progress for two consecutive years as measured by the Pennsylvania State System of Assessment (PSSA) tests.
The current high school was first built in 1954 and opened to students on October 3, 1955. It was dedicated on April 8, 1956 to Frederic A. Marcks, a former teacher and the first Superintendent of the Nazareth Area School District, following the merger of the regional districts. The original construction of the building consisted of two floors of academic classrooms with an auditorium, a gym, and a small cafeteria. In 1971 the school underwent construction of a new wing consisting mainly of classrooms which made the school twice as large as it was originally intended to be. In addition to new classrooms, the addition included a new library (currently the Sharon L. Adams Library and Media Center), expanded the cafeteria to nearly four times its original size, and added onto the current gym, doubling the size while also adding a lower level which housed a fitness room and coach's offices. In 1998 the school experienced a bad mold problem which destroyed most of the old ceilings in the original building while causing the lead paint in the 1971 addition to chip faster than expected. The problem became so bad that it was deemed a health issue and the school was forced to close for emergency renovations. That same year, with the new middle school built, the old junior high school (constructed in 1983) became the school's "North Campus".
Today the school retains these modifications, which assist in facilitating student and faculty population growth. It has also allowed smaller class sizes, as well as adding another gym and housing the Nazareth Area School District offices. In 1999 the new auditorium and music wing were constructed. The new auditorium was twice the size of the old auditorium and housed a complete light and sound power station with two floors of stage equipment storage. The music wing contains an instrument storage facility, practice rooms, offices, and classrooms that can hold 200+ students at a time.
Nazareth is known nationally for its highly successful wrestling program, which gained prominence under former coach Ray Nunamaker, who amassed a record of 468 wins, 95 losses, and 7 ties over a span of thirty-four seasons.
Currently, Nazareth is coached by 2007 National Coach of the Year Dave Crowell. The school won the team state title for Pennsylvania in 2007, and finished second in the individual Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association (PIAA) Tournament. The team also won the 2006 PIAA individual wrestling tournament. Recent graduates include: two-time PIAA state champion Joe Caramanica ( North Carolina State University) and three-time PIAA state champion Tim Darling ( The Pennsylvania State University). The Nazareth wrestling program has produced one NCAA champion, Rob Rohn (Lehigh University).
Nazareth's football team has recently become a perennial Lehigh Valley Conference contender under coach Rob Melosky. In 2011, the team saw its best year in program history, being crowned Lehigh Valley Conference Champions and also PIAA District XI Champions. The team was eliminated in the first round of the PIAA AAAA Playoffs by LaSalle College High School. The team was led by PIAA AAAA Player of the Year and Akron recruit Dan Harding, Colgate University recruit Adam Bridgeforth, and freshman running back Jordan Gray.
The Nazareth Lady Blue Eagles Soccer Team won the title of District Champions in 2008 and 2010. The were also State Qualifiers in 2007, 2008, 2010, and 2011, winning their first state playoff game in 2010.
The Nazareth Boy's Tennis Team is a rising program with several young stars. This year, the team will be led by 5 returning starters including Senior Andrew Wahlgren, Junior Michael Palmeri. Wahlgren and Palmeri are expected to play singles.
Blue Eagle Marching Band
The Blue Eagle Marching Band is the high school's band. The seven-time USSBA champion band has received many awards under the direction of Mr. William Boandl, who finished his last season as director of the band in 2008. His son, Mr. Bradley Boandl took over the organization in 2009. The band became the first to be named two-time Grand National Champions (2007 & 2008) in USSBA,and made USSBA (now US band) history with a score of 98.575.
Eagle Nest Gallery
The Eagle Nest Gallery, located in the high school, is a professional gallery which hosts artists from the community in monthly shows. The gallery can show both two-dimensional and three-dimensional pieces. Each month a gallery reception is held, where the public can meet and talk with the artists.
- Michael Andretti, professional auto racer and owner of the Andretti Autosport team in the IndyCar Series
- Kate Micucci, actress, comedian, artist, and singer-songwriter
- Jordan White, rock musician
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