Knoch High School

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Knoch High School
345 Knoch Rd.
Saxonburg, Pennsylvania 16056
United States
Coordinates 40°44′59″N 79°49′45″W / 40.7496°N 79.8293°W / 40.7496; -79.8293Coordinates: 40°44′59″N 79°49′45″W / 40.7496°N 79.8293°W / 40.7496; -79.8293
School district South Butler County School District
Superintendent Michael Leitera
Principal Todd Trofimuk
School colour(s) Gold & Blue
Team name Knights
Yearbook Lance

Knoch High School is located in the South Butler County School District in Saxonburg, Pennsylvania. The school mascot is a knight, referring to them as; the "Knoch Knights". The Knoch Football team was a co-champion of the Greater Allegheny Conference in 2007, and in 2011, the Knights were the Greater Allegheny Conference Champion with a perfect regular season record of 9-0. They played in the WPIAL championship at Heinz Field, but lost to Montour High School, ending with a season record of 12-1. The principal is Mr. Todd Trofimuk. The athletics play in AAA under the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association. There is usually between 1,000 and 1,200 students in the high school, from 9th through 12th graders. The Knoch colors are blue and gold. Sports offered include Girls Volleyball, Football, Cross Country, Girls and Boys Soccer, Girls and Boys Tennis, Girls and Boys Basketball, Girls and Boys Swimming and Diving, Wrestling, Hockey, Baseball, Softball, Girls and Boys Track, and Boys and Girls Lacrosse. Their primary sports rivals are Mars, Pine Richland, and Highlands High Schools. Knoch Junior High School opened in 1958 and at that time had students from 7th through 12th Grade. In 1996 it was remodeled, and Knoch Middle School was created. This made Knoch High School have just 9th through 12th grade. The school is named Knoch because Eva Knoch donated the land for the school to be built on.

Notable alumni[edit]

  • Michele McDonald, Miss USA 1971[1]
  • A.J. Pagano[2]
  • Michele Pawk, Tony Award winning actress
  • Jim Simons, professional golfer, class of 1968
  • Robert Smolen, USAF Commanding General, Military District of Washington, class of 1970[3]
  • Joe Colonello, Pledge Class Educator for Tau Beta
  • Marianne Cornetti, International mezzo-soprano opera singer, class of 1981
  • Scot Thompson, Professional baseball player for Chicago Cubs, class of 1974
  • Joby Harris, Artist and Director, class of 1993
  • Jeff Arndt, prominent engineer, class of 2007


  1. ^ Associated Press (1971-05-23). "Miss USA enjoys the 'Goriest Kind' of Horror Movies". Sarasota Herald-Tribune. 
  2. ^ Lucas, Doug (November 12, 1986). "W&J's Pagano an All-Purpose Leader". Pittsburgh Press. Retrieved 2010-07-08. 
  3. ^ Obituary Butler Eagle May 19, 2014