Whitehall High School (Pennsylvania)
|Whitehall High School|
|3800 Mechanicsville Road
Whitehall, PA 18052
|Type||Public high school|
|School district||Whitehall-Coplay School District|
|Asst. Principal||Matthew Ziegenfuss
|Grades||9 - 12|
|Athletics conference||Lehigh Valley Conference|
Whitehall High School is a public high school, based in Whitehall Township, Pennsylvania, in Pennsylvania's Lehigh Valley region, in the United States. It is the only high school in the Whitehall-Coplay School District. As of the 2006-2007 academic school year, 1,393 students attend the school.
In 2007, Whitehall High School earned second place in the Scholastic Scrimmage final.
In 2011, Whitehall High School won 1 Freddy Award for Best Overall Production for the production of Li'l Abner. This marked the first time that any school has won this award twice.
In 2007, Whitehall High School won 5 Freddy Awards including Best Overall Production, Best Actor, Best Solo Vocal Performance, Best Costume Design, and Best Small Ensemble Performance for the production of The Scarlet Pimpernel.
In 2006, Whitehall High School won 3 Freddy Awards including Best Actor, Best Featured Dancer, and Best Costume Design for the production of Barnum.
Whitehall High School is one of 12 high schools that comprise the Lehigh Valley Conference, generally considered one of the highest quality athletic conferences in Pennsylvania. Prior to 2001 this league was called the East Penn Conference. Whitehall was in District XI of this conference.
Whitehall alumni in the NFL
Whitehall High School has given birth to two notable NFL players: Dan Koppen, the current starting offensive center for the New England Patriots, and Matt Millen, a former defensive linebacker with three Super Bowl-winning teams. Millen is generally considered one of the most elite linebackers to ever play the game, though his career as President and General Manager of the Detroit Lions has been a subject of criticism.
Between Koppen and Millen, Whitehall alumni have won six Super Bowls, with Koppen winning two with the Patriots and Millen winning two with the Oakland Raiders, one with the San Francisco 49ers and one with the Washington Redskins. Both players' Whitehall jerseys (Koppen's #77 and Millen's #83) have been permanently retired in honor of their football accomplishments.
State and national championships
Whitehall has distinguished itself nationally and in the state of Pennsylvania with the following state and national championships:
- Boys Basketball: 1982 (Pennsylvania state champions).
- Cheerleading: 2001 (National champions).
- Wrestling: 2001 and 2002 (Christian Franco, Pennsylvania state champion at 140 lb. weight class, 2002).
- Indoor Percussion: 2003 Concert Percussion Champions; 2005, 2006, 2007 and 2008 World Class Champions.
- Marching Zephyr Band: 2006 State and All-State Champions, 2007 State Champions
Lehigh Valley Conference Championships
Whitehall has won many Lehigh Valley Conference championships, including the following sports and years (prior to 2001, the Lehigh Valley Conference was known as the East Penn Conference):
- Baseball: 1966, 1972, 1974, 1977, 1979, 1980, 1984, 2004, 2005 and 2008.
- Boys Basketball: 1979, 1981, 1982, 1983, 1985, 1989, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1996, 1997, 1998, 2000, 2004 and 2005.
- Cheerleading: 1983, 1984, 1985, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1992 and 2001.
- Football: 1976, 1978, 1980, 1981 (tri-champions with Dieruff High School and Emmaus High School), 1982, 1983, 1986, 1989, 1995, 1997, 1998 and 2005.
- Girls Basketball: 1982, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1988, 1989 and 2000.
- Girls Softball: 1979, 1988 and 1989.
- Boys Volleyball: 2010.
- Girls Soccer: 2011.
- Brian Knobs, former professional wrestler
- Dan Koppen, professional football player, Denver Broncos
- Matt Millen, former professional football player, Oakland Raiders, San Francisco 49ers and Washington Redskins, former President and General Manager, Detroit Lions and current broadcaster, ESPN and NFL Network
- Jerry Sags, former professional wrestler
- Curt Simmons, former professional baseball player, California Angels, Chicago Cubs, Philadelphia Phillies and St. Louis Cardinals
- Whitehall High School Official Home Page.
- Whitehall High School Official Athletics Home Page.
- Whitehall High School athletics schedule and scores.
- Whitehall High School Page at Lehigh Valley Conference Official Web Site.