Palmerton High School
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|Palmerton High School|
|3525 Fireline Rd|
|School district||Palmerton Area School District|
|Color(s)||Blue and White|
Palmerton High School is a four-year public high school in Palmerton, Carbon County, Pennsylvania, in the United States. It is located at 3525 Fireline Road. The enrollment is approximately 550 students.
The first graduating class from the current school was that of 1966. The previous high school is now occupied by the Stephen S. Palmer Elementary School.
Palmerton High School competes in District XI tournaments, and is part of the Colonial League and PIAA (Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association). The school joined the Colonial League in 1994.
From 1977 to 1993, Palmerton was a member of the Centennial League, which also included Pocono Mountain, East Stroudsburg, Stroudsburg, Pleasant Valley, Lehighton, Northern Lehigh, Northwestern Lehigh, and Notre Dame (Green Pond). By 1993, increasingly large enrollments in the AAAA schools in the Poconos from Monroe County (Pocono Mountain, Pleasant Valley, Stroudsburg, and East Stroudsburg) had left the league uncompetitive and dominated by these larger schools. In 1994, these schools and Lehighton created a new league called the Mountain Valley Conference (MVC). Though in a different league, Lehighton has remained a geographical rival to Palmerton; the schools still compete with one another in most sports. In 2011 and 2012 the Palmerton School Board considered reducing its athletic programs to six sports for budgetary reasons. However, a parents' group raised more than $43,000 in an attempt to keep six Palmerton High sports teams from being eliminated.