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|
|Principal||James Moniz II|
|Grades||9 - 12|
|Enrollment||3147  (September 2013)|
|Website||Parkland High School|
Parkland High School, located near Allentown, in the U.S. state of Pennsylvania, is a public high school serving students in grades 9 to 12. It is the only high school for the Parkland School District.
With 3,147 students in the 2013-2014  academic year, Parkland is the third largest high school in Pennsylvania's Lehigh Valley, behind Allentown's William Allen High School and Bethlehem's Liberty High School. The school is located at 2700 North Cedar Crest Boulevard in South Whitehall Township.
Prior to 1949, Parkland High School was known as South Whitehall High School. On July 1, 1949, North Whitehall and South Whitehall merged to create Parkland Union School District with Upper Macungie joining in 1950. Construction for the old Parkland High School on Orefield Road began in 1953. In 1999, the current Parkland High School on Cedar Crest Boulevard in Allentown was opened and the old Parkland High School on Orefield Road was renamed Orefield Middle School. When viewed from above, the layout of the current buildings and grounds closely approximates the shape of the Millennium Falcon, a spacecraft featured in the Star Wars films. School officials claim that the design was not deliberate.
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Parkland has many musical groups, including 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 2002, the Parkland football team won the Pennsylvania AAAA State Championship, led by All-American Austin Scott. The season culminated in a 34-12 victory over Woodland Hills High School at Hersheypark Stadium. The team ended the year ranked 6th in the nation by USA Today.
In the 2013-2014 Season, Parkland High School's Varsity Ice Hockey Team was named #1 in the state of Pennsylvania and had an undefeated season in the Lehigh Valley Scholastic Hockey League (LVSHL). This was their 5th consecutive year in winning the LVSHL 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.
- Michaela Conlin, actress, Fox's Bones
- Peter Gruner, professional wrestler known as Billy Kidman
- Daylin Leach, Pennsylvania state senator
- Tim Massaquoi, former professional football player, Buffalo Bills, Miami Dolphins and Tampa Bay Buccaneers
- Aimee Mullins, actress, World Trade Center
- Chris Renaud, director, Despicable Me, Despicable Me 2, The Lorax (film).
- Austin Scott, professional football player, New Yorker Lions
- Donald Snyder, former member of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives, 1981–2000, and Majority Whip
- Andrea Tantaros, Fox News political analyst, writer and columnist for the New York Daily News
- Brant Weidner, former professional basketball player, San Antonio Spurs
- Lauren Weisberger, author, The Devil Wears Prada
- Andre Williams , college football player, 2013 Heisman Award finalist , Boston College
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- Parkland High School Profile Retrieved on Feb 21, 2010
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- LVIAC Historical Stats.
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- Parkland High School Official Home Page.
- Parkland High School athletics schedule and scores at HighSchoolSports.net.
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- Parkland's Odyssey of the Mind page[dead link].
- Parkland Model Congress Official Home Page.
- Parkland High School Trojan Art Gallery.