Woodland Hills High School
|Woodland Hills High School|
|2550 Greensburg Pike
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States
|School district||Woodland Hills School District|
|Principal||Mr. Daniel Stephens|
|Color(s)||Turquoise, Black, White|
Woodland Hills High School is a secondary school teaching students in grades 9-12 for the Woodland Hills School District located in Churchill, Pennsylvania. It is the result of a 1981 court-ordered desegregation merger. Before the merger, the building was the location of the Churchill Area High School. It services the communities of Braddock, Braddock Hills, Chalfant, Churchill, East Pittsburgh, Edgewood, Forest Hills, North Braddock, Rankin, Swissvale, Turtle Creek, and Wilkins Township.
2012 - 96% of seniors starting the 2011-2012 school year graduated.
The Woodland Hills High School's Class of 2011 had the following academic and extracurricular accomplishments:
The online school newspaper "Woodland Hills Update" was named 2nd best online school newspaper in PA
1st place team out of 17 in the Equations Competition with individual students placing 3rd and 4th overall out of 81 students
3rd place team out of 21 team competitors in the Propaganda Tournament with individual students placing 3rd and 4th respectively out of 120 competing students
3rd place out of a field of 17 schools in the Fair Child Challenge at Phipps Conservatory. Numerous individual awards were also given to the students. This project was a joint venture with Gifted students and A. P. Environmental students
Out of 33 schools participating in Science Olympiad, WHHS students were distinguished in this field by securing six individual medals
The Mock Trial team advanced to the semi-finals and enjoyed recognition along the way with awards given to individual participants for excellence in their performance. Next year, the team will have a courtroom to practice in through the generosity of the district attorneys office. This gift was a recognition of a long history of success in mock trial competition in Allegheny County.
The Phantom of the Opera was nominated for 12 Gene Kelly awards and won for best crew, best scenic design, best costume design, best lighting design, best director and best musical.
"Graphiti" literary magazine created an issue dedicated to 25 years of publishing excellence.
96 percent of the seniors who began this school year have graduated
48 percent will attend a 4 year college or university
36 percent will attend a 2 year college or technical school
4 percent will go on to the workforce
7 percent will attend the military
The Class of 2011 earned more than $3.7 million in academic scholarships
The Woodland Hills High School Athletic Department has a long history of athletic success. Here is a sample of team accomplishments:
WPIAL Champions: 1996, 1999, 2001, 2002, 2009
PIAA State runner-up: 1996, 2001, 2002
WPIAL Champion: 1997
PIAA State runner-up: 1997
WPIAL Champion: 1992, 1993, 1998, 2012
PA runner-Up: 2012
WPIAL Champions: 1986
The Woodland Hills football program is known for turning out many quality football players. In its 25-year history it has produced nearly 100 Division I football recruits. In 2011, the school had nine graduates in the NFL, the most of any school in the United States: Jason Taylor, Steve Breaston, Lousaka Polite, Ryan Mundy, Shawntae Spencer, Rob Gronkowski, Terrence Johnson, Wes Lyons and Darrin Walls. 
Woodland Hills High School also has sporting activities such as Boys Basketball, Baseball, Softball, Soccer, Swimming, Diving, Field Hockey, Track and Field, Golf and club sports such as Bowling, Rugby and Ultimate Frisbee.
Woodland Hills is particularly known for its strong Performing Arts and Music programs. Every year, the spring musical receives nominations from the Gene Kelly Awards.
*Denotes Gene Kelly Award for Best Musical
Other events include the winter show done by the Performing Arts Class, of which recent productions have included: An Evening of One Act Plays, Solos, The Dining Room, Disney's High School Musical, and Chicago.
Woodland Hills is proud of its Marching Band and Visual Ensemble. It's under the direction of Mr. Thomas Crone. The group practices throughout the summer months, concluding with two weeks of camp in August before school begins to perfect the field drill and music. The season generally kicks off with a community parade through Edgewood, and a Parent's Preview, where all the band parents can come to see their sons/daughters perform the complete Marching Band field show for the first time at the Wolvarena. The WHHS Band performs at all football games. They also compete in local PIMBA band competitions and travel out of state to compete at various national competitions, including The Fiesta Bowl and The Gator Bowl. The WHHS Band staff is made up of both professional and non-professional instructors in both paid and unpaid positions.
The Gifted Department is particularly strong in the Science Olympiad competitions as well as its selection of particular students to Hometown High-Q. The WHHS Gifted Department also produces a yearly award-winning magazine - Graphiti - which features student literature and artwork. The Gifted Department also offers classes in American Sign Language, Creative Writing, Robotics and a Theater Workshop.
One particularly strong part of the Gifted department is its Mock Trial team. The team has been Allegheny County champions three of the past six years, and the team made it to the semi-finals at the state level in 2009. The Mock Trial team is coached by Mr. Kevin McGuire.
- Jason Taylor: NFL Defensive End for Miami Dolphins, Washington Redskins, and New York Jets. Attended and played for the University of Akron.
- Steve Breaston: NFL Wide Receiver for Kansas City Chiefs, and Arizona Cardinals. Attended and played for the University of Michigan.
- Shawntae Spencer: NFL Cornerback for Oakland Raiders, and San Francisco 49ers. Attended and played for the University of Pittsburgh.
- Lousaka Polite: NFL Fullback for Atlanta Falcons, New England Patriots, Miami Dolphins, Chicago Bears, and Dallas Cowboys. Attended and played for the University of Pittsburgh.
- Ryan Mundy: NFL Safety for New York Giants, and Pittsburgh Steelers. Attended and played for the University of Michigan and West Virginia University.
- Rob Gronkowski: NFL Tight End for New England Patriots. Attended and played for the University of Arizona.
- Darrin Walls: NFL Cornerback for New York Jets, and Atlanta Falcons. Attended and played at Notre Dame University.
- Terrence Johnson: NFL Cornerback for Atlanta Falcons, Indianapolis Colts, and New England Patriots. Attended and played at California University of Pennsylvania.
- Wes Lyons: NFL Wide Receiver for Pittsburgh Steelers, and Spokane Shock. Attended and played at the West Virginia University.