Parkland High School (Allentown, Pennsylvania)
|Parkland High School|
|2700 North Cedar Crest Boulevard
Allentown, Pennsylvania, United States
|Type||Public high school|
|Principal||James Moniz II|
|Grades||9 - 12|
|Enrollment||3,176 (as of Sept. 2010)|
|Number of students||3,176|
|Colors||Cardinal and Grey|
|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 3,176 students in the 2010-2011 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.
Parkland High School is known for its competitive academic programs. The class of 2007 boasted 15 National Merit Finalists and a mean SAT score of 1603, with 81% taking the test and 65% going to a four-year college.
Parkland is a four-time winner (1988, 1990, 2001 and 2007) of Scholastic Scrimmage, a televised academic contest during which teams from Pennsylvania high schools compete in rapid recall of factual information. Since the beginning of the competition, only Emmaus High School has won more Scholastic Scrimmage competitions.
The Parkland School District offers a vast selection of core and elective courses at college-preparatory, gifted, honors, and advanced placement levels. Additionally, the school district maintains a relationship with Lehigh County Technical Institute that allows Parkland students to pursue a more technically oriented curriculum.
In 2004 and 2006, the school's Scholastic Scrimmage team finished third in Pennsylvania's Academic Competition in Harrisburg. The team qualified for Pennsylvania's Academic Competition again in 2009, winning the CLIU regional tournament. Parkland also has a strong tradition of excellence in regional debate leagues, having won many championships, most recently in 2005 and 2006. The school also is competitive in FBLA-PBL and Science Olympiad competitions, regularly sending contingents to states. In 2001 and 2002 the school participated in the FIRST competition and in 2002 won the Virginia regional and took second in the Philadelphia regional, allowing them to send the robotics team to Epcot Center for the national championship. In 2005, the robotics team placed fourth nationally and received rookie of the year honors at the MATE Robotics Competition in Houston, TX.
Parkland's Political Science Club offers students the opportunity to participate in various Model United Nations conferences. Parkland consistently sends winning delegations to the Kutztown, Wyomissing, LVIAC, and Ivy League Model United Nations Conferences. The political science club also runs several additional events, including a Model Congress during the 2008-2009 school year.
The Parkland Debate team is generally considered the strongest in the LVIAC. Parkland frequently remains undefeated in Debate and has advanced to the LVIAC debate semifinals the last 8 consecutive years. During the 2008-2009 school year, the debate team hosted a Parliamentary debate tournament.
During the 2006-2007 school year, a group of sophomores brought the Odyssey of the Mind competition to the district. Two teams were formed, both advancing to the State competition, and one advancing to the World Finals at Michigan State University where it placed 8th in Problem 5. This team also won the prestigious Ranatra Fusca creativity award. At the 2008 Southeastern Pennsylvania Regional Competition, Parkland secured 2nd place in Problem 3 and 1st place in Problem 5. In 2009, Parkland won 1st in Problem 2, 2nd in Problem 4, and 1st in Problem 5. Parkland also advanced to the 2009 World Finals where it placed 7th out of 58 teams. In 2010, Parkland again advanced to the World Finals and placed 7th, making it the only high school in the Lehigh Valley to have sent multiple teams to World Finals in the past five years.
During the 2007-2008 school year, students founded several additional clubs: the Philosophy Forum, the Magic Club, the Young Republican's Club, and the Parkland Pictures Film Club. Furthermore, students started The Trojan Horse, a humor magazine offshoot of the Parkland LitMag Club.
11th grade Math:
2010 - 78% on grade level. In Pennsylvania, 59% of 11th graders are on grade level in Math
2009 - 72%, State - 55%
11th grade Science:
2010 - 56% on grade level. In Pennsylvania, 39% of 11th graders are on grade level in Science.
2009 - 58%, State - 40%
Parkland has many musical groups, including orchestral ensembles, choral groups, and a concert band, jazz band, marching band, indoor colorguard, and indoor drumline. The Indoor Colorguard and Percussion units both attend the Weekend in Wildwood championships annually. The Indoor Percussion unit also competes in the Mid-Atlantic Percussion Society (MAPS) circuit. Both the Indoor Colorguard and Indoor Percussion have won several TIA awards throughout their competitive seasons. Recently, both Indoor Percussion and Indoor Colorguard have been promoted to Open Class. The jazz band competes locally and plays at varsity basketball games. Every four years, the music department organizes a trip to Disney World.
The school's music program sent five musicians to the Pennsylvania Music Educators Conference (PMEA) state music festivals in the 2004-2005 academic year. PMEA organizes competitive auditioned ensembles each year, of which the state groups are the most prestigious. In the 2007-2008 academic year 3 students were selected to states, 6 in 2008-2009, and 5 in 2009-2010. Approximately 500 students are selected for these ensembles each year. In the 2006-2007 academic year, they sent three musicians to the All-State music festivals. In the 2008-2009 academic year, Parkland sent 9 violins, 3 violas, 1 double-bass, and 1 clarinet to participate in District 10 Orchestra; 2 violinists and 1 violist proceeded through Region IV/V Orchestra to participate in PMEA's 2009 All-State Orchestra.
The theater department puts on several productions each year, including one large musical. In the spring of 2006, the arts department was honored with 5 Freddy Awards given out by the State Theater in neighboring Easton, Pennsylvania, including "Best Female Lead" and "Best Overall Production" for its rendition of Disney's Beauty and the Beast. Nominated for 16 Freddys in 2008, Parkland won the award for Outstanding Scenic Design for their production of Les Misérables. Each year, the Freddys are awarded to recognize excellence in high school theater in the Lehigh Valley.
Parkland is known for its annual Festival of the Arts that takes place in the spring. Students organize the event that includes live concerts in the Auditorium, festival food and games on the front quad, displays of high school art work, and live demonstrations and exhibits by local artists.
Also offered in the school is an intensive multi-level creative writing program in continuation for fifteen years. The course is offered to students of every grade level and operates as a writing workshop within the school. Students are encouraged to explore both prose and fiction disciplines and to enter in various regional and national competitions.
Parkland has a dedicated art gallery called the Trojan Art Gallery that is led by art teacher Richard Shemonsky and a selected student art gallery director.
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 holds the record for the most Lehigh Valley Conference championships in six sports: boys' cross country running, football, girls' softball, girls' swimming, boys' tennis and boys' track and field. The school has won more Lehigh Valley Conference championships in all sports than any other in the conference.
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. The school's girls' softball team won the first Pennsylvania state-wide championship ever held (in 1975).
In the 2003-2004 season, the boys' basketball team advanced all the way to the state finals before bowing out to Penn Hills High School by a score of 57-48. In the 2004-2005 season, the girls' basketball team captured the PIAA state championship title.
 Cross country
The Parkland boys' and girls' cross country teams have consistently been atop their division. In 2004-2005, both the girls' cross country team took second place in the Pennsylvania state finals.
The Parkland Wrestling team has been a dominant force recently. During the 2009 and 2010 season losing only 3 matches, winning the district 11 individual championship and ending the season with a loss in the Team State Championship to Central Dauphin, a team that had won numerous consecutive state championships. The 2010 and 2011, losing only nine matches to no team ranked below 5th in their respective states (Pennsylvania and New Jersey). During the 2011 season they had five state medalists, two 8th-placements, one 7th-placer, a 2nd-placer, and one champion in Michael Ottinger. Ottinger beat the number one ranked wrestler in Pennsylvania and further went on to defeat the number one wrestler in the nation. Current coaches include head coach Ryan Nunamaker, an ex-Nazareth state champion, and assistants Jon Trenge, Derek Jenkins and Pete Grodziak, all former Parkland wrestlers.
 2002 team
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. Scott compiled 3,853 yards (fourth most nationally in American high school football history) and 53 touchdowns. These were Pennsylvania State records until 2008, when they were broken by Zach Barket of Schuylkill Haven Area High School.
 2007 team
In 2007, the Parkland football team finished the season 15-1, and concluded the regular season undefeated for the second year in a row. They lost the PIAA AAAA championship to Pittsburgh Central Catholic 21-0. The game was played on December 15, 2007, at Hersheypark Stadium.
 2012 team
In 2012, the Parkland football team won the Lehigh Valley Conference league title and finished the season 11-3. The Trojans had three 1,000 yard rushers- Tim Baranek, Jarel Elder, and Eli Redmond. They lost the PIAA AAAA quarterfinals to La Salle College 28-7.
 Ice Hockey
Parkland's ice hockey team participates in the Lehigh Valley Scholastic Hockey League (LVSHL). Both Parkland's varsity and junior varsity teams have won their league's championships numerous times. On March 12, 2008, Parkland's junior varsity team won its fifth consecutive championship. Parkland won the varsity championship in 2004, 2006, 2008, 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013.
The girls' swim team were PIAA class 3A state champions in 2001, 2003 and 2006; runners-up in 2002 and 2005; and have been ranked in the top 10 nationally. The boys have won district championships several times over the past 15 years. In 2004-2005, both the boys' and girls' swim teams took second place in the Pennsylvania state finals. The team is currently coached by Rob Robitaille, an avid Penn State football fan.
The Parkland boys' tennis team won the District XI AAA championship in 2005, 2006, 2007 and 2008, and advanced to the final 8 in the state all four years. In 2007, Parkland claimed both the District XI singles 1st-place, 3rd-place and 4th-place titles along with the 1st-place and 2nd-place doubles titles. In 2008, Parkland claimed the District XI singles 1st place and 4th-place titles, in addition to the 1st place and 2nd place doubles titles. The 2008 season marked the third consecutive season that Parkland secured the District XI singles, doubles and team titles.
The Parkland boys' volleyball team has won 6 District XI titles (1995, 1996, 1997, 2000, 2003 and 2008) and 7 District XI Runner-Up (1994, 1998, 1999, 2004, 2005, 2007 and 2009). The Trojans finished 3rd at the PIAA Championships in 1996 (losing to eventual champion Hempfield in semifinals), 1997 (losing to eventual state runner-up Central York in semifinals) and 2009 (losing to eventual state runner-up Penn Hills in semifinals).
The Parkland girls' volleyball team has been very successful in recent years. They have won three straight Lehigh Valley Conference and District XI AAA titles (2010, 2011, 2012). Also, they made two PIAA AAA State Finals appearances; they won the state title in 2011 and lost in 2012, both matches were against Hempfield High School. The team is currently head coached by Michael Krause.
The school is supported by eight administrators one transitional coordinator, two supervisors, 16 department chairs, 10 counselors, two psychologists, three nurses, 188 teaching professionals, and 113 support staff.
 Notable alumni
- 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
- 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
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