Laurel Highlands High School

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South Union High School
300 Bailey Avenue
North Union Township, Fayette County, Pennsylvania
Uniontown, Pennsylvania 15401
School type Public High School
Opened 1972
School district Laurel Highlands School District
NCES District ID 4213320
Superintendent Dr. Jesse Wallace
NCES School ID 421332006600
Principal Mr. John Diamond
Faculty 75
Grades 9-12
Enrollment 970[1] (2014-15)
 • Grade 9 250
 • Grade 10 242
 • Grade 11 216
 • Grade 12 262
Student to teacher ratio 15:1
Athletics conference WPIAL (PIAA District VII)
Mascot Mustangs
Nickname LH


Albert Gallatin
Feeder schools Laurel Highlands Middle School

Laurel Highlands High School is a public high school serving around 1,100 students in grades 9–12 from the outlying Uniontown city limits. Due to the campus' location, some students from Uniontown do attend Laurel Highlands for convenience.

Creation and history[edit]

Laurel Highlands High School was created in 1967 by merging rival high schools, North Union and South Union. Students attended high school in their respective buildings until completion of the current campus in 1972. Minor upgrades were performed to the school in 1994. The most recent structural update was completed in 2015 with a $43 million renovation.


According to the schools Curriculum Guide[2] students need 25.5 credits in order to graduate, as well as complete a graduation project and career portfolio.

Credit structure[edit]

Subject Area # Credits Notes
English 4.0 Academic English I, II, III, IV
Social Studies 4.0 Civics, World History, American History, Political Science/Recent US History OR Geography/Economics
Science 4.0 Biology and three Science electives
Mathematics 4.0 Minimum of: Algebra 9, Algebra 10, Geometry 11, and Algebra 12
Health, Physical Education/Aquatics 2.5 Phys Ed. Each Year, Health in Sophomore Year
Arts or Humanities 2.0 Foreign Language, Art, Technology Education, Music, or Family/Consumer Science
Freshman Seminar 0.5 Grade 9 Required Course.
Other Areas 4.5 Courses vary depending on which curricula the student participates in or if goes to Fayette County Career and Technical Institute.
TOTAL 25.5

Course offerings[edit]

  • English
  • Social Studies
  • Science
  • Mathematics
  • Physical Education/Health
  • World Language: Including courses in French, Spanish, and Foreign Cultures
  • Business Education: Including tourism courses
  • Air Force/JROTC
  • Technology Education: Including courses in CADD, as well as an introductory course to the Natural Gas industry in the area.
  • Family/Consumer Sciences
  • Music
  • Art
  • Driver's Education

Vocational Education Opportunity[edit]

Students in Grades 10–12 have the opportunity to attend the Fayette County Career and Technical Institute in Georges Township for one-half day, each day while attending their home school the other half of the day.


Sport Boys Girls
Baseball Class AAA
Basketball Class AAA Class AAA
Cross Country Class AAA Class AAA
Football Class AAA
Soccer Class AA Class AAA
Golf Class AAA
Swimming and Diving Class AAA Class AAA
Track and Field Class AAA Class AAA
Softball Class AAA
Wrestling Class AAA
Volleyball Class AAA

Notable alumni[edit]

  • Dr. Peter M. Rhee, the Physician to Arizona Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords and the other patients in the 2011 Tucson shooting graduated from Laurel Highlands in 1979.
  • Wil Robinson, former ABA basketball player, All-American at West Virginia University
  • Terry Mulholland, MLB pitcher for many teams over a 21-year career
  • Kaleb Ramsey, drafted by the San Francisco 49ers in the 7th round of 2014 draft.
  • Gus Gerard, former ABA and NBA player. 1975 All rookie first team, 1976 ABA All Star.
  • Dr. Mark Esper, class of 1982, Esper attended the U.S. Military Academy and graduated from West Point in 1986 as a dean's list student and recipient of the MacArthur Award for Leadership. Esper was awarded a Bronze Star, the Combat Infantryman's Badge, and various service medals.
  • Douglas Matthews, class of 1983, Matthews was named president and general manager of U.S. Steel Canada in 2007. He currently serves as vice president-tubular operations and president-U. S. Steel Tubular Products with executive responsibility for the company's tubular operations and associated functions.
  • David Nehls, actor, singer, composer and lyricist, graduated in 1982


  1. ^ "Laurel Highlands Shs". Retrieved September 22, 2017. 
  2. ^ "High School Curriculum Guide" (PDF). Laurel Highlands School District. Retrieved 29 December 2011. 

Coordinates: 39°54′35″N 79°42′49″W / 39.90976°N 79.71364°W / 39.90976; -79.71364