Southern Lehigh High School

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Southern Lehigh Senior High School
Address
5800 Main Street
Center Valley, Pennsylvania, 18034
United States
Coordinates 40°32′04″N 75°23′58″W / 40.5345°N 75.3995°W / 40.5345; -75.3995Coordinates: 40°32′04″N 75°23′58″W / 40.5345°N 75.3995°W / 40.5345; -75.3995
Information
Type Public
Established 1957
Principal Christine Siegfried
Asst. Principal Jason Lilly
Enrollment 1050
Color(s) Blue and White         
Mascot The Spartan
Newspaper The Spotlight
Yearbook Solehian
Website

Southern Lehigh High School is a four-year public high school located in Center Valley, Pennsylvania, in the United States. It is the only high school in the Southern Lehigh School District.

The school's mascot is the Spartan, and the school colors are blue and white.

History[edit]

Southern Lehigh was built in 1957. Before that, students attended high school at Allentown High School and elementary school at Coopersburg Elementary School.

Academics[edit]

Southern Lehigh has a high graduation rate. The school has an 96 percent graduation rate, with average SAT scores of 513 for writing, 535 for mathematics, and 526 for reading.

Southern Lehigh requires 26 credits in order to graduate. 4 credits of social studies, 4 credits of English, 3 or 4 credits of science, 3 or 4 credits of math, 4 credits for physical education, 1.8 credits for drivers education/health, and the rest of the credits are used for electives. Students are required to take a minimum of 6.6 credits and a maximum of 7.6 credits per year.

In the 2013-2014 school year, Southern Lehigh introduced block scheduling. Classes are every other day. There are six day numbers in a cycle. Different classes are on different days, depending on odd numbered days (1, 3, or 5) and on even numbered days (2, 4, or 6). Block 1 is 82 minutes long. Blocks 2 and 4 are 77 minutes long. Block 3 is 111 minutes long (with 30-minute lunch periods). A 42 minute Spartan Period has been added in the middle of the day for students to get extra help or do certain activities according to their interests.

Athletics[edit]

The school's athletic teams belong to Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association District XI[1] and most sports belong to the district's Colonial League.

Southern Lehigh has been known for their field hockey team, winning the 1999 state championship and state runner ups in 1998.

Southern Lehigh was a 2A State runner-up in girls volleyball in 2011.

Southern Lehigh's Cheerleading Competition squad placed 1st place at the 2014 World Cheerleading Competition in Orlando, Florida.

Southern Lehigh provides a variety of sports. For boys, baseball, basketball, cross county, football, golf, lacrosse, swimming,tennis, track & field, volleyball, and wrestling is provided. For girls, basketball, cross county, field hockey, football, lacrosse,Tennis, softball, swimming, cheerleading, track & field, volleyball, and winter track is provided.

Student Organizations/Clubs[edit]

SLHS First Robotics team[edit]

Southern Lehigh High School's First Robotics Team, the Spartechs, has participated in the FIRST Robotics Competition since 2002. The Spartechs' team number is 834.[2]

Music[edit]

The school's theatre program is widely recognized in the Lehigh Valley as one of the best. The theatre program's crowning achievement was the 2009 Freddy Awards where the production of West Side Story garnered numerous awards including Outstanding Production of the Musical. The program is also a trend-setter with its 2010 spring musical premiere of Curtains for a high school in Eastern Pennsylvania and for its 2010 fall play premiere of Almost, Maine, a first in the Lehigh Valley.

The school also boasts one of the best marching bands in the Lehigh Valley area.[citation needed]

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