Parkland High School (Allentown, Pennsylvania)

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Parkland High School
2700 North Cedar Crest Boulevard
Allentown, Pennsylvania, 18104
United States
Coordinates 40°38′20″N 75°32′47″W / 40.6388°N 75.5465°W / 40.6388; -75.5465Coordinates: 40°38′20″N 75°32′47″W / 40.6388°N 75.5465°W / 40.6388; -75.5465
Type Public high school
Established 1949
School district Parkland School District
Principal James Moniz II
Grades 9 - 12
Enrollment 3194 [1] (September 2013)
Color(s)      Cardinal Red
Team name Trojans
Newspaper The Trumpet
Yearbook Par Key
Information 610-351-5600

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 3,194 students in the 2014-2015[1] academic year, Parkland is the second largest high school in Pennsylvania's Lehigh Valley, behind 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.[2] On July 1, 1949, North Whitehall and South Whitehall merged to create Parkland Union School District with Upper Macungie joining in 1950.[2] Construction for the old Parkland High School on Orefield Road began in 1953.[2] 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.[3] 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.[4] School officials claim that the design was not deliberate.[5]


Parkland High School ranks as the number one high school in the Lehigh Valley by standardized test scores for the year 2013[6].


Parkland has many 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.[7]

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][citation needed] The school's girls' softball team won the first Pennsylvania state-wide championship ever held (in 1975).[citation needed]


In the 2005-2006 season, the girls' basketball team captured the PIAA state championship title.[citation needed] In the 2003-2004 season, the boys' basketball team captured the PIAA AApuAA state championship title.[citation needed]


2002 team[edit]

In 2002, the Parkland football team won the Pennsylvania AAAA State Championship. The team ended the year ranked 6th in the nation by USA Today.[8]


The girls' swim team were PIAA class 3A state champions in 2001, 2003 and 2006 and have been ranked in the top 10 nationally.[citation needed]



In the 2011 Girls' Volleyball season, the girls captured the PIAA AAA state title.[citation needed]

Notable alumni[edit]


  1. ^ a b District Profile
  2. ^ a b c A History Of North Whitehall Retrieved on Feb 21, 2010
  3. ^ Parkland High School Profile Retrieved on Feb 21, 2010
  4. ^ Spears, Steve (August 4, 2011). "This high school made the Kessel run in less than 12 parsecs". Tampa Bay Times. Retrieved April 12, 2012. 
  5. ^ Hibbard, Laura (April 16, 2012). "Millennium Falcon Look-Alike High School Delights 'Star Wars' Fans". Huffington Post. Retrieved April 19, 2012. 
  6. ^ "Parkland High School Profile". 2014. Retrieved 1/29/2015.  Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)
  7. ^ LVIAC Historical Stats.
  8. ^ "Final 2002 Super 25 Rankings". USA Today. December 24, 2002. 
  9. ^ Macmillan Speakers - Aimee Mullins Bio[dead link] Retrieved on Feb 21, 2010
  10. ^ "Donald William Snyder (Republican)". Official Pennsylvania House of Representatives Profile. Pennsylvania House of Representatives. Archived from the original on 2000-02-01. 
  11. ^ Williams, Andre D. (July 5, 2007). "For Brant Weidner, time in NBA was all too brief: The former Parkland High star recalls his half a season with the Spurs in 1983-84". The Morning Call. [dead link]
  12. ^ Lauren Weisberg Official Bio[dead link] Retrieved of Feb 21 ,2010

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