Northampton Area High School

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Northampton Area High School
Location
1619 Laubach Avenue, Northampton, Pennsylvania
Information
Type Public high school
School district Northampton Area School District
Enrollment 2032
Mascot Konkrete Kid
Colors     Black
    Orange
Acting Principal Ms. Maureen Sproul
Assistant Principals Ms. Kimberly Levin, Mr. Robert Steckel
Website

Northampton Area High School is the secondary school in the Northampton Area School District, located in Northampton, Pennsylvania, in the United States.

The Northampton Area Senior High School is located in the Borough of Northampton. Enrollment is approximately 2000 students for 9th through 12th grades. The average graduating class is 480 students. The high school was recently renovated to help accommodate Northampton's growing population.

The High School offers programs of studies in Advanced Placement, Honors, College Preparatory, Applied Academics and Vocational/Technical studies through the Bethlehem Area Vocational-Technical School. Co-curricular activities round out academics and include Athletics, Band, Chess Team, Chorus, Debate, DECA, Drama, FBLA, French Club, Gay-Straight Alliance, German Club, Orchestra, Peer Helpers, Science Olympiad, Scholastic Scrimmage, Spanish Club, Student Council, and Yearbook. The DECA team is especially prominent at Northampton. Nate Keeney, a Northampton Alumnus, served a national DECA officer. There is also a school newspaper, called the "Concrete Courier." The Peer Helper program at the High School has received national recognition and numerous awards for its focus on assisting students with special needs. At-risk, alternative education, Student Assistance Program (SAP), and counseling services are provided at the secondary level.

The graduation rate for 2006-07 was 96%. Approximately 82% of Northampton graduates attend post-secondary institutions.

Athletics[edit]

Northampton High School is widely known for having one of the best wrestling programs in the nation. Holding two national titles, seven PIAA state team championships and 21 individual state champions at various weight classes, Northampton is one of the leading schools in Pennsylvania state wrestling history.

Northampton High School competes in the Lehigh Valley Conference in the District XI athletic division of the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association. The school's athletic teams are known as the "Konkrete Kids", which is consciously misspelled and references Northampton's tradition as a large U.S. manufacturer of cement. The school is particularly well known for its successful wrestling program, which has periodically been ranked among the nation's best, and for its continuing football tradition with cross-town rival, Catasauqua High School. The tradition has been running for 82 years. The annual Turkey Day game is held on Thanksgiving. The Konkrete Kids have walked away victorious in the last 8 Turkey Day game meetings and have a convincing lead in the series.

Northampton High School holds the record for the most Lehigh Valley Conference championships in girls tennis and wrestling.[1] The school holds the fifth most Lehigh Valley Conference championships in all sports, behind Parkland High School, Emmaus High School, Easton Area High School and Allentown Central Catholic High School.[1]

They were ranked #3 in the National Rankings for the 2008-2009 wrestling season.

PIAA state championships[edit]

  • Girls softball: 1996
  • Wrestling: 1993, 1994, 1995, 1998, 2000, 2003, 2004
  • Boys Swimming: 1993

District XI championships[edit]

  • Baseball: 1938, 1963, 1968, 1982, 1986, 1989, 1997
  • Boys Basketball: 1937, 1972
  • Girls Basketball: 1995, 1997, 2010
  • Girls Cross Country: 1987
  • Golf. 2012
  • Softball: 1979, 1985, 1986, 1996, 2013
  • Girls Tennis: 2003, 2004
  • Wrestling: 1953, 1988, 1993, 1994, 1998, 1999, 2008
  • Ping Pong: 2000, 2001

Eastern Conference championships[edit]

  • Football: 2006, 2008
  • Ice Hockey: 2000, 2003, 2008, 2013

Notable alumni[edit]

References[edit]

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 40°41′17″N 75°29′24″W / 40.6880°N 75.4900°W / 40.6880; -75.4900