McDowell High School

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McDowell High School
McDowell High School (logo).jpg
The Right Place For Every Kid
Millcreek Township, Pennsylvania
United States
Type Public
Established 1954
Principal Timothy Rankin
Number of students 1,183 11-12[1]
1,227 9-10[2]
2,510 9-12
Campus Suburban
Color(s) Blue and White

McDowell High School is a public high school located in Millcreek Township, Pennsylvania a suburb of Erie. It is the only high school in the Millcreek Township School District. The current principal is Timothy Rankin. The school's mascot is the Trojan. Its biggest rival in athletics is Cathedral Preparatory School.


There are approximately 2,500 students attending McDowell High School. The McDowell campus includes two buildings: McDowell Intermediate accommodating students in grades 9 and 10, and McDowell Senior accommodating grades 11 and 12. Students travel between facilities on the campus when attending classes.

Academic and Sports Programs[edit]

McDowell High School is home to a variety of challenging student activities. McDowell athletics are varied and Trojan teams are perennial participants in the Pennsylvania state playoffs in many sports. McDowell also has a Speech & Debate team and a USAD/ASL Team, who are the defending Large School State Champions.


The Millcreek Township School Board has been in talks since 2009 for renovations to the McDowell property. In December 2011, the school board announced four possible options for renovation, ranging in cost from $80 million to $100 million.[3]

On July 31, 2012, by a vote of 8-1, the Millcreek Township School Board voted in favor of consolidating both McDowell Senior High and McDowell Intermediate at cost of $110 million. During the meeting, school board members voted 6-3 in favor of moving Gus Anderson Field to the east side of Caughey Road.[4]

On February 7, 2013, the superintendent of Millcreek, Michael Golde, announced he was taking a medical leave and stepping down from his position.[5] One week later, the school board announced plans for a new McDowell were being scaled back, due to the high cost of the building.[6]

In late February and early March, it was revealed the school district was between $6 million and $9 million in debt. The final announced total was $8.8 million, as of April 12, 2013. Due to the budget shortfall, the Millcreek Township School District announced the closure of two elementary schools, which officially ended the McDowell renovation project.[7]

In March 2014, the Millcreek School Board approved nearly 2.4 million dollars to a renovation to the high school. There were renovations to the field, lockers and windows. [1]

Notable alumni[edit]


Coordinates: 42°04′22″N 80°08′58″W / 42.0728°N 80.1494°W / 42.0728; -80.1494