Hempfield High School

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Hempfield High School
Landisville, Pennsylvania, Lancaster County
United States
School type Public, secondary
School district Hempfield School District
Faculty ~130
Grades 9 - 12
Enrollment ~2,480
Campus Suburban
Color(s) Red and black
Mascot Black Knight
Rival Manheim Township High School
Alma Mater Our loyalty we give to thee, and sacred honor too.
To help us in our future, that we our best may do.
Honor, gratitude, loyalty,
All of these we give, to thee!
Mission statement The mission of the Hempfield School District community is to provide rigorous, relevant, responsive, and safe educational opportunities for students to become lifelong learners and contributing citizens in a diverse, global society.

Hempfield High School is a public senior high school located in Landisville, Pennsylvania, United States. It serves both East and West Hempfield townships and serves as the only high school for Hempfield School District.


  • Grades: 9-12
  • County: Lancaster
  • Total students: 2481
  • 52% male / 48% female
  • Teachers: 137


Hempfield High School continually shows test results above the state average on the PSSA tests [1] and the SAT. The school has a 95% graduation rate, with almost 82% of Hempfield graduates continuing on to excel in post-secondary education.[2]

In 2005-2006, thirteen students were honored as National Merit Finalists.[3] Finally, Hempfield students have consistently excelled in the Pennsylvania Math League. In 1999, 2000, 2002, 2003, 2004, and 2005, the Math Team were the first in their region, and in 2001, 2006, and 2008, they were first in the league.[4]

Hempfield offers a number of Advanced Placement courses, including classes in Biology, Calculus, Chemistry, Computer Science, Economics, Environmental Science, English, French, German, and Spanish Literature, Art, Music Theory, Physics, Statistics, US History, and US Government and Politics.[5] AP exams for college credit are also offered in all of these areas. Honor weighted courses in the Humanities are offered; however, no AP exam accompanies them.

Performing arts and music[edit]


Hempfield High School is renowned for its extensive theater program and its annual Dance Theatre production.[6] Created by Pat Kautter (now choreographed and directed by Cody Smith), this is a completely original show which features over 100 students. Dance Theatre celebrated its 25th anniversary in 2008.[7] Hempfield's spring musical productions, under the direction of Dr. Alan Mudrick and Cody Smith, are also known for their excellence. A spring musical is also performed annually.

The 1,300 seat Performing Arts Center[8] was designed by The Ray Group Inc.,[9] a Lancaster-based architecture firm that specializes in schools and universities.[10] The PAC opened in the fall of 1995 and is one of the most expensive high school stages in Pennsylvania. It is often rented out by local dance companies and performance groups.


The Hempfield Black Knight Marching Band, under the direction of Adam Gumble, consists of over 115 members. The Symphonic Band is for grades 10-12. The Concert Band is a 50+ performance group which accepts all levels of musicians from all grades, and is designed for 9th graders to adapt them to the more challenging material and style that is played in this band. The 2012-2013 band was selected to perform at the PMEA All-State conference. The Jazz Band hosts a variety of shows during the year, and the Jazz Lab Band performs with the Jazz Band during the spring jazz concert. All of the bands at Hempfield are supervised by the department chair of music, Dr. Alan Mudrick.

Hempfield is also the home to several choral groups: Hempfield Singers, Bel Cantos, Concert Choir, and Chamber Singers. All are under the direction of Dr. Alan Mudrick. Hempfield Singers is a high level choir which is open by audition. Bel Cantos is an all female-choir, also selected through audition. Concert Choir is a larger group that is open to any student. The Hempfield Chamber Singers is an elite group which includes a small number of singers. The 2012-2013 group also performed at the state conference. The Chamber Singers perform the national anthem at many of Hempfield's home basketball games.

The Hempfield orchestras include Symphony Strings, an orchestra tailored to advanced musicians; and Concert Strings, a performing orchestra designed for underclassmen.

All orchestras, bands and choirs perform at either the holiday concert, the winter concert or a spring concert. Some groups have shows outside of the Hempfield music department, which change every year.[11]


Hempfield competes in the Lancaster-Lebanon League as part of the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association, except for:



The Hempfield boys' basketball program is led by Coach Danny Walck. Since taking over in 2010, he has led the Black Knights to a playoff appearance every season. This includes his first year, 2010-2011, where the Knights won the Lancaster-Lebanon League title. He is assisted by Dave Brown, Ian Daecher, Mark Macik, and Matt Wagaman.


Led by Head Coach Ron Zeiber, the Hempfield football program has dramatically increased in performance in recent years. They recently have had two straight berths to the PIAA District 3 AAAA playoffs and advanced to the quarterfinals both times. They lost in double overtime to Cumberland Valley in 2013. They lost in triple overtime to Central Dauphin-East in 2014. They currently play in Section 1 of the L-L League.

After a 1-0 start, Hempfield played their first home game of the season against Manheim Central. Hempfield won 17-14 that evening for the first 2-0 in five years. That evening, an incident occurred at the townhouse of a then-Hempfield senior where alcohol and drugs were consumed by celebrating students, including football players Police action occurred in the middle of the night, and many players were reported for various infractions. Despite a bitter battle between Hempfield policy number 157 (which all team members had signed and agreed to at the beginning of the season) and members of the football team, the policy ultimately won. Hempfield started their first freshman quarterback in a varsity game ever, crushing all hope for a successful football season, and finished the year 3-7. The incident shocked the community and the rest of the league. Many argue that this caused the dramatic downturn of the football team during the 2012 season. The team looked to rebuild and start with a clean slate the next year.


  • Georgelis Law Firm Stadium
    • Synthetic turf field used for football, soccer, and lacrosse
    • Sponsored by Hempfield HS graduate, resident and attorney, Anthony M. Georgelis.[14]
    • Also serves as the home field for Lancaster Inferno minor league soccer team[15]

Notable athletic alumni[edit]


  1. ^ GreatSchools.net
  2. ^ Hempfield Senior High School - Landisville, Pennsylvania/PA - Public School Profile
  3. ^ School Profile
  4. ^ Math League Contest Results
  5. ^ GreatSchools.net
  6. ^ LancasterOnline.com:Entertainment:Bailey bridges age gap
  7. ^ LancasterOnline.com:Entertainment:Stepping out
  8. ^ Hempfield High School | Performing Arts Center
  9. ^ Robert Lorelli Associates, Project List
  10. ^ The Ray Group | Welcome
  11. ^ Hempfield Music Website
  12. ^ CPIHL
  13. ^ EPRU
  14. ^ "Georgelis Law Firm | Lancaster Personal Injury Lawyer | Lawyers in Lancaster PA | Lancaster Workers Compensation Attorney". Georgelislaw.com. Retrieved 2015-10-18. 
  15. ^ "Women's Premier Soccer League Team in Lancaster, PA »". Lancaster Inferno. Retrieved 2015-10-18. 

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Coordinates: 40°05′31″N 76°24′50″W / 40.092°N 76.414°W / 40.092; -76.414