Parkland High School (Allentown, Pennsylvania)
|Parkland High School|
|2700 North Cedar Crest Boulevard
Allentown, Pennsylvania, 18104
|Type||Public high school|
|School district||Parkland School District|
|Superintendent||Richard T. Sniscak|
|Principal||James E. Moniz II|
|Grades||9 - 12|
|Enrollment||3194 (September 2014)|
|Website||Parkland High School|
Parkland High School is a public high school in Allentown, Pennsylvania that serves students in grades 9 to 12. It is the only high school for the Parkland School District. With 3,194 students in the 2014-2015 academic year, Parkland is the largest high school in the Lehigh Valley.
Parkland High School was formed in 1949 when North Whitehall Township and South Whitehall Township merged to create Parkland Union School District, with Upper Macungie Township joining in 1950. Its predecessor, South Whitehall High School, was housed in the current-day Troxell Building. Parkland used the same facility until a larger building on Route 309 in Orefield was completed in 1954, which served as the high school for 45 years. In 1999, the new and current Parkland High School building on Cedar Crest Boulevard in Allentown was opened due to overcapacity of the second building. The old school was renovated and renamed Orefield Middle School, replacing Troxell Junior High School. When viewed from above, the layout of the current building and grounds closely approximate the shape of the Millennium Falcon, a spacecraft featured in the Star Wars films. School officials claim that the design was not deliberate.
Parkland High School ranks as the number one high school in the Lehigh Valley by standardized test scores for the year 2013.
Parkland has numerous musical groups, including a dance team, orchestral ensembles, choral groups, and a concert band, jazz band, marching band, indoor colorguard, and indoor drumline.
Parkland competes in the Lehigh Valley Conference in District XI of the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association. Parkland's primary athletic rivalry is with Emmaus High School in neighboring Emmaus. Cumulatively among all of its sports, Parkland has secured nine Pennsylvania state championship titles.
Parkland is particularly well known for several exceptional athletic programs, including its girls' and boys' basketball and girls' and boys' swimming teams, both of which won Pennsylvania state championships in 2006.[clarification needed] The school's girls' softball team won the first Pennsylvania state-wide championship ever held (in 1975).
In the 2005-2006 season, the girls' basketball team captured the PIAA state championship title. In the 2003-2004 season, the boys' basketball team captured the PIAA AApuAA state championship title.
The girls' swim team were PIAA class 3A state champions in 2001, 2003 and 2006 and have been ranked in the top 10 nationally.
In the 2011 Girls' Volleyball season, the girls captured the PIAA AAA state title.
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- Austin Scott, professional football player, New Yorker Lions
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- Brant Weidner, former professional basketball player, San Antonio Spurs
- Lauren Weisberger, author, The Devil Wears Prada
- Andre Williams, professional football player 2014 Heisman Award finalist, New York Giants
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