Moon Area High School

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Moon Area High School
MAHS logo.png
8353 University Boulevard
Moon Township, PA, 15108
United States
Coordinates 40°30′47″N 80°13′04″W / 40.512941°N 80.217790°W / 40.512941; -80.217790
Funding type Public
School district Moon Area School District
Principal Barry Balaski
Asst. Principal Lucas Furlow
Enrollment 1100
Color(s) Red, White and Black
Mascot Tiger
Information (412) 262-9040 online at

Moon Area High School, known to the locals as Moon High, is a public high school located in the Moon Area School District in Pennsylvania, USA. The school serves students in grades 9-12 from Moon and Crescent Townships, South Heights borough, along with the communities of Glenwillard and Wireton, and several other unincorprated villages. The Moon Area School District's High School and Middle School facilities are located in the center of Moon Township at 8353 University Boulevard. The Secondary Schools campus house students in grades 5-12 in two separate buildings- Moon Area Middle School (grades 5 -8) are located in one building and the Moon Area High School (grades 9-12) is located in its own building.


Moon High student athletes are able to compete in 13 sports and cheerleading.[1] In most instances, Moon High sports compete in the Western Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic League (WPIAL), District VII of the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association (PIAA).


The Moon High football team competes in the WPIAL Class AAA Parkway Conference, which is made up of geographical foes Blackhawk, West Allegheny, Montour, Ambridge, Central Valley, and New Castle.[2]

In 1998, Moon Tigers won the WPIAL Class AAA Championship at Three Rivers Stadium in Pittsburgh. Moon defeated Blackhawk 34-7 to claim the title.[3] The Tigers then went on to the PIAA Class AAA Championships in Hershey, only to fall 10-0 to Allentown Central Catholic High School.[4]

Boys Soccer[edit]

The Moon High boys soccer team has had much success in the WPIAL over the years. In 2003 they beat Thomas Jefferson 2-1 to win the WPIAL AA Championship. The team was led to victory by Adam Lippencott, Dan Ross, Eric Lani, Derek Jockman, Branden Stroup, Matt Smith, Seth Smith, Justin Phillip and Corey Donaldson. In the semi-final game before the championship Moon beat Mars 2-0. Adam Lippencott scored one of the goals from over 70 yards away thus setting the unofficial WPIAL longest goal record.[5]

Girls Soccer[edit]

In 2004, the Moon High girls soccer team won the WPIAL Championship defeating Norwin 3-1. The team fell 2-0 to Downingtown West in the PIAA State Championship, but made school history being the first girls' soccer team to win a district championship and compete in the state final. In 2006, they returned to the WPIAL Championship and earned the silver with a 2-0 loss to Pine-Richland. The girls then went on to Hershey to face Downingtown West a second time and, just like 2004, brought home a silver medal after another 2-0 loss. In 2012, the girls lost their WPIAL semifinal but went on to play in the PIAA State AA Final in Hershey, PA. They beat Archbishop Wood 1-0 to win the PIAA AA Girls State Final.[6]

Cross Country[edit]

In 2006, the Moon High boys won the section championship. The boys also won the Central Catholic Invitational in 2006 and 2007, and came in second in 2008. The boys also came in second place at the MAC Championships in 2008. The Moon High Girls Cross Country team has won the section championship in 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2012. The girls team came in first in the Central Catholic Invitational in 2008, and first in MAC invitational in 2007 and 2008. Also, the girls took second place in the Boardman Spartan Invitational, one of the biggest High School races on the east coast. In 2010, the team traveled to Maymont, Virginia to participate in the Maymont XC Invitational, with the boys varsity coming in 1st place overall, as well as one of the boys winning the entire race. The girls varsity and JV came in 3rd as a team in their races as well. 2013 Cross Country Season the top eight of the girls's team qualified for States for the first time in almost 30 years placing 17th.

Swimming & Diving[edit]

Moon swimming has over 30 Midwestern Athletic Conference and WPIAL section championships. The Moon boys swimming team boasts a state championship from 1980 and runners-up in 2001. The boys also have won WPIAL Championships in 1996 and 1997 with runners-up titles in 1980, 1995, 1997 and 2002.

The girls team has had even more success, winning state titles in 1996 and 1997. The girls boast WPIAL titles in 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998 and 1999. They were runners-up in 2003.[7]

Since 1978, Moon High has produced 87 WPIAL champions.[8]

Boys Basketball[edit]

The Moon High boys basketball team made school history, winning three consecutive WPIAL championships - 2004, 2005, 2006. The team was crowned state champions in 2004.[9]

In the 2006-2007 season, Moon entered the WPIAL Class AAAA, but will go back down to WPIAL Class AAA in the 2008–2009 season.[10]

Girls Basketball[edit]

The Moon High girls basketball team, in recent years, has had much success in WPIAL and PIAA competition, with a 2003 and 2005 WPIAL championship. The Lady Tigers have also reached the final four of the PIAA state playoffs multiple times.[11]

Ice Hockey[edit]

Although Moon's hockey program has never been a stand out, mostly due to being an independent program without financial support from the school district, multiple runs into the playoffs have been made, and currently hold a six season stretch (2002–2003, 2003–2004, 2004–2005, 2005–2006, 2006–2007, 2007–2008) of receiving a berth in the PIHL playoffs. In 2007, they won the PIHL Class AA Section Championship.[12]


The Moon High baseball team competes in the WPIAL's Class AAA. Moon's current Section 3-AAA opponents include Hopewell, Chartiers Valley, West Allegheny, Keystone Oaks, McGuffey* and Montour. (* - McGuffey replaces South Park in 2009)

The team is one of the premier programs in Western Pennsylvania and across the state, reaching the WPIAL playoffs eight of the last ten years and entering the PIAA playoffs four of the last seven years. Moon won back-to-back state titles in 2001 and 2002, defeating Central Dauphin, 2-0, and Bethlehem Liberty, 3-2, Moon also won the 2009 WPIAL Baseball Title 3-2 vs Chartiers Valley. respectively.[13]

Track and Field[edit]

The Moon High boys track and field team won the section championship for both the 2006, 2007, and 2010 season, and the girls team won section championship in 2008 and 2009. Also to add to new success, the boys 2010 team was the first team ever in Moon boys track history to three way tie a playoff meet for first.


The gymnastics team has held strong when PIAA was cut back in 1995. Moon High Gymnastics was taken over by head coach Amy Caprino in the 1980s. In 1994, Moon won the WPIAL and PIAA title making it their first ever. In 1995 PIAA dropped the gymnastics program (not WPIAL) making Moon Area the forever standing PIAA Gymnastics Champions. But shortly after a group of coaches formed the PA Classic committee creating a new state meet called PA Classic. Since then Moon High has been WPIAL runners-up numerous times just being a few points shy of gold. In 2008 Moon Area was able to defeat North Allegheny, setting a new school record of 143.9. Although they have won many state titles in the silver division in the past (1998, 2001, 2003, 2004), they have recently won the gold division title. Moon High shut out WPIAL rivals Baldwin High School in 2007, 2008 and 2009, winning the highest division at the state meet making them 3PEAT State Champs. In 2009 the tigers set another new school record of 144.3 defeating longtime rivals Baldwin. Moon High section includes Montour, Hopewell, Central Valley, Fox Chapel, South Side Beaver, Pine Richland, Baldwin and North Allegheny. Moon has also produced several individual WPIAL and State Champions.

Boys Volleyball[edit]

The Moon Boys Volleyball team made the second round of WPIAL AA Playoffs in the 2011 season. They came in fourth in WPIAL, and second in their section.

Marching Band[edit]

The school's marching band is a member of PIMBA (The Pennsylvania Interscholastic Marching Band Association) competing in the Class AAAA division. On October 30, 2010, for the first time ever, the band placed 1st in their division at the PIMBA championships, receiving a score of 88.80, and has continued this winning tradition through 2012.

Winter Guard[edit]

An offshoot of the marching band's color guard unit, the competitive indoor ensemble performs in TRWEA (Three Rivers Winter Ensemble Association) in the Scholastic Color Guard Regional A division.

Notable alumni[edit]

Health concerns[edit]

At the beginning of the 2007 school year, exposed mold was discovered in a portion of the building.[22] After a private company was called in to clean up the area, school officials declared that the building was safe.

External links[edit]


  1. ^ "Moon Area Sports". Retrieved 2007-03-04. 
  2. ^ "Class AAA Parkway Conference". Retrieved 2007-02-18. 
  3. ^ "WPIAL Football Champions Archives". Retrieved 2007-02-18. 
  4. ^ "PIAA Football Champions" (PDF). Retrieved 2007-02-18. 
  5. ^ "MSA Sports Net: Moon Boys Soccer". Retrieved 2007-03-04. 
  6. ^ "MSA Sports Net: Moon Girls Soccer". Retrieved 2007-03-04. 
  7. ^ "Moon varsity swimming and diving". Archived from the original on 2007-09-19. Retrieved 2007-06-29. 
  8. ^ "Moon Swimming Archives -- W.P.I.A.L. District VII Champions". Retrieved 2007-06-29. 
  9. ^ "MSA Sports Net: Moon Boys Basketball". Retrieved 2007-03-04. 
  10. ^ "Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: Team schedule for 2006-2007 Moon boys' varsity basketball". Retrieved 2007-03-04. 
  11. ^ "MSA Sports Net: Moon Girls Basketball". Retrieved 2007-03-04. 
  12. ^ "MSA Sports Net: Moon Hockey". Retrieved 2007-03-04. 
  13. ^ "Moon Area H.S. Baseball Homepage". Retrieved 2007-02-15. 
  14. ^ "Meet Neighbor Aber, '67" (PDF). The Rock Magazine (Spring 2004): 8. Retrieved 2007-02-01. 
  15. ^ Owen, Rob (1999-07-31). "Tuned In: Better 'Later' than never for Jodi Applegate". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Retrieved 2007-02-01. 
  16. ^ Bendel, Joe (2004-07-23). "Pitt to play in Jimmy V Classic". Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. Retrieved 2007-02-01. 
  17. ^ "Lou Christie High School". "Lou Christie Official Web Site. Retrieved 2007-02-01. 
  18. ^ "About Brandon Wilson|Award-Winning Author/Explorer". Retrieved 2011-07-19. 
  19. ^ "Coach Bio". Blue and Gold Illustrated Website. Retrieved 2007-02-01. 
  20. ^ "Rich Milot". Retrieved 2007-02-01. 
  21. ^ "2006 Penn State Football Roster". PennLive Website. Retrieved 2007-02-01. 
  22. ^ - 'Black Mold' Found In Moon High School