Mt. Lebanon School District

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Mt. Lebanon School District
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United States
Typepublic school district
MottoTo Provide the Best Education
Possible for Each and Every Student
EstablishedJuly 1912
SuperintendentDr. Timothy Steinhauer
Color(s)Blue and gold
Athletics conferenceWPIAL
RivalUpper Saint Clair
Budget$80.6 million 2012–13[1]

Mt. Lebanon School District is the public school system in Allegheny County for residents of Mt. Lebanon, Pennsylvania, a suburb of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

The district is funded by a combination of local earned income tax, local real property tax, real estate transfer tax, and per capita tax, coupled with substantial funding from the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the federal government.[2]


Lincoln Elementary

This district's only high school is Mt. Lebanon High School. The middle schools are Andrew W. Mellon Middle School and Thomas Jefferson Middle School. The elementary schools include Stephen Foster Elementary School, Herbert Hoover Elementary School, Julia Ward Howe Elementary School, Thomas Jefferson Elementary School, Abraham Lincoln Elementary School, Edwin Markham Elementary School, and George Washington Elementary School.

Academic achievement[edit]

In 2012, the Pennsylvania System of School Assessment (PSSA) ranked Mt. Lebanon High School 6th (out of the 676 public high schools in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania) in regards to their combined math and reading test scores. Mt. Lebanon subsequently was ranked 1st in the Pittsburgh region.[3][when?]

In 2013, under the new guidelines established by the Pennsylvania Department of Education. the new accountability system for evaluating public schools, the School Performance Profile, ranked Mt. Lebanon High School 7th (out of 3004 Public, Charter, Cyber, and Magnet Schools), 3rd (of 678 High Schools), and 1st among Public Non-Charter, Non-Magnet High Schools in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.[4]

Mt. Lebanon School District was ranked 2nd out of 105 western Pennsylvania school districts in 2009 by the Pittsburgh Business Times. The ranking was based on three years of student academic performance on the PSSAs on: math, reading, writing and one year of science.[5] The school district ranked 2nd out of 105 western Pennsylvania school districts and 3rd out of 498 Pennsylvania school districts in 2008 in the Pittsburgh Business Times rating. In 2007, the district ranked 3rd of 500 Pennsylvania school districts for student achievement.[6]

The district has won multiple National Blue Ribbon School awards.[7] The high school was rated as one of the Top 500 high schools in the United States by Newsweek in 2000 and 1st in Western Pennsylvania by the Pittsburgh Business Times in 2005.[8]

Mt. Lebanon High School[edit]

South and west sides of school
Mt Lebanon High School Campus

Mt. Lebanon High School is the public secondary school for grades 9–12. It is accredited by the Pennsylvania Department of Education and Middle States Commission on Secondary Schools and Colleges. Enrollment was 1,675 for the 2013–14 school year.[9]

Mt. Lebanon High School has been named a National Blue Ribbon School by the U.S. Department of Education each of the three times it requested certification: 1983–84, 1990–91, and 1997–98.[10]

The high school ranked second out of 123 western Pennsylvania high schools, by the Pittsburgh Business Times in 2009, for academic achievement as reflected by three years of 11th grade results on: math, reading, writing and one year of science PSSAs.[11]

The school colors are royal blue and gold.[citation needed]


Mt. Lebanon has won numerous sports championships.[12] The high school has a sports rivalry with Upper St. Clair High School.[13]

  • Baseball (Boys)
    • 1 PIAA state championship (1998), 5 WPIAL championships
  • Basketball
    • Boys: 2 WPIAL AAAA championships (2006 and 2010)
    • Girls: Only PIAA team ever to win 3 consecutive AAAA championships (2009, 2010, and 2011)[14]
  • Cross Country
    • Boys: 11 PIAA state titles and 19 WPIAL titles[15]
    • Girls: 6 WPIAL titles (1982, 1983, 2002, 2006, 2012, and 2013)
  • Football (Boys)
    • 7 WPIAL championships
  • Hockey
    • Boys' Ice: 2 PIHL state championships (1976 and 2006).[16][17]
    • Girls' Field: 1 WPIAL championship (2005)
  • Lacrosse (Boys)
    • 3 state finals (2002, 2003, and 2007)[18]
    • 7 WPSLA championships (since 2000)
  • Soccer
    • Boys: 10 WPIAL championships (2009 and 9 others)
    • Girls: 1 PIAA state championship (1992)
  • Swimming
    • Boys: 4 PIAA state titles,[19] 9 WPIAL titles
    • Girls: 1 PIAA state title,[19] 3 WPIAL titles
  • Tennis
    • Boys: 1 doubles state championship, 1 singles state championship, 18 WPIAL titles.
    • Girls: 6 doubles state championships, 4 singles state championships
  • Volleyball
    • Boys: 3 WPIAL titles (1997, 1998, and 2001)
    • Girls: 2 PIAA state titles (1997 and 2000);[19] 6 WPIAL titles (1997, 1999, 2000, 2007, 2009, and 2012).
  • Wrestling (Boys)
    • Team: 1 PIAA state championship (1965), 11 WPIAL championships (1965, 1968, 1969, 1971–1975, 1978, 1980, and 1981)
    • Individual: 13 PIAA state champions, 27 individual WPIAL champions

Extracurricular activities[edit]

In the 2002–03 school year, the high school received one of six Outstanding School Awards from the Educational Theatre Association.[10] The school's theater program began in 1930 and has produced a number of notable actors.[20]

In 2006, the fine arts department was rated one of eight finest nationwide by the U.S. Department of Education.[10]

In 2007, the American Music Conference listed Mt. Lebanon High school as one of the "Best 100 Communities for Music Education".[21] Mount Lebanon Percussion ensemble were invited by the NHL to perform at the 2011 NHL Winter Classic on live TV for the country.[22] The high school's chamber string orchestra, string orchestra, and symphony orchestra played at Carnegie Hall in 1998, 2004, and 2015.[citation needed]

The Mt. Lebanon Forensic Team won the Western Pennsylvania District Forensic Championship four years in a row, beginning in 2001. In 2004, the team won the state championship in dramatic interpretation and extemporaneous speaking and then earned a second-place title in extemporaneous speaking at the national competition in Salt Lake City.[23] In 2006, the team captured the Pennsylvania High School Speech League championship,[24]

The Devil's Advocate is Mt. Lebanon High School's monthly student newspaper.

Notable alumni[edit]


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  2. ^ What are the Local Taxes in Pennsylvania?, Local Tax Reform Education Project, Penn State Cooperative Extension web site. Accessed 2010.
  3. ^ "PSSA Scores". Retrieved October 17, 2012.
  4. ^ "Pennsylvania School Performance Profile".
  5. ^ Western Pennsylvania School District Rankings, Pittsburgh Business Times, May 15, 2009.
  6. ^ Three of top school districts in state hail from Allegheny County, Pittsburgh Business Times. May 23, 2007.
  7. ^ Elizabeth, Jane (July 30, 2002). "Changes afoot for Blue Ribbon Schools". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Retrieved February 4, 2007.
  8. ^ Lott, Ethan (July 22, 2005). "Mt. Lebanon tops 'PBT Honor Roll' rank of region's school districts". Pittsburgh Business Times. Retrieved February 4, 2007.
  9. ^ Mt. Lebanon School District (September 2013). "District Profile" . Retrieved June 25, 2014.
  10. ^ a b c 2006 profile, Mt. Lebanon School District
  11. ^ The Rankings: 11th Grades, Pittsburgh Business Times, May 15, 2009
  12. ^ "PIAA Championship Archives". PIAA. Retrieved March 19, 2013.
  13. ^ Pace, Laura (January 25, 2007). "Rivalry in the bleachers". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Retrieved February 4, 2007.
  14. ^ White, Mike (March 25, 2011). "Pittsburgh Post-Gazette". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Retrieved March 19, 2013.
  15. ^ "PIAA championship archives". PIAA.
  16. ^ "WPIHL State Champions". eteamz. Retrieved March 19, 2013.
  17. ^ "Mt. Lebanon Wins State Hockey Title..." Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. April 13, 2006. Retrieved March 19, 2013.
  18. ^ "PA Lacrosse State Champions". Philly Lacrosse. Retrieved March 19, 2013.
  19. ^ a b c "PIAA championship archives". PIAA. Retrieved March 19, 2013.
  20. ^ Mary Niederberger (November 17, 2005). "Mt. Lebanon High School marks 75 years of theater". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Retrieved February 4, 2007.
  21. ^ The 2007 "Best 100 Communities for Music Education" Roster Archived June 3, 2007, at the Wayback Machine
  22. ^ "History". Retrieved January 22, 2013.
  23. ^ 2003–2004 Report Card, page 11
  24. ^ Microsoft Word – 06May.doc
  25. ^ "Kurt Angle". The Washington Post.
  26. ^ Time Magazine: A Bigger Screen for Mark Cuban, April 22, 2002
  27. ^ Astronaut – NASA
  28. ^ Head Coach – Carnegie Mellon University
  29. ^ Associated Press. "Prank starts 25 years of computer security woes". CTV. Archived from the original on January 7, 2008.

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Coordinates: 40°22′30″N 80°03′04″W / 40.375°N 80.051°W / 40.375; -80.051