Parkland High School (Pennsylvania)

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Parkland High School


Coordinates40°38′20″N 75°32′47″W / 40.6388°N 75.5465°W / 40.6388; -75.5465Coordinates: 40°38′20″N 75°32′47″W / 40.6388°N 75.5465°W / 40.6388; -75.5465
TypePublic high school
School districtParkland School District
SuperintendentRichard T. Sniscak
PrincipalJames E. Moniz II
Teaching staff182.78 (on an FTE basis)[1]
Grades9 - 12
Enrollment3,227[1] (2016-17)
Student to teacher ratio17.66[1]
Color(s)     Red
Athletics conferenceEastern Pennsylvania Conference
NewspaperThe Trumpet
YearbookPar Key

Parkland High School is a public high school located in South Whitehall Township, Pennsylvania. The school serves students in grades 9-12 and is the only high school for the Parkland School District.


Parkland High School was formed in 1949 when North Whitehall Township and South Whitehall Township merged to create Parkland Union School District, with Upper Macungie Township joining in 1950. Its predecessor, South Whitehall High School, was housed in the current-day Troxell Building. Parkland used the same facility until a larger building on Route 309 in Orefield was completed in 1954, which served as the high school for 45 years.[2] In 1999, the new and current Parkland High School building on Cedar Crest Boulevard in Allentown was opened due to overcapacity of the second building. The old school was renovated and renamed Orefield Middle School, replacing Troxell Junior High School.[3][4] When viewed from above, the layout of the current building and grounds closely approximate the shape of the Millennium Falcon, a spacecraft featured in the Star Wars films.[5] School officials claim that the design was not deliberate.[6]


Parkland competes in the East Penn Conference in District XI of the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association. Cumulatively among all of its sports, Parkland has secured fourteen Pennsylvania state championship titles.[7][8]

In 2011, 2014, and 2015, the girls volleyball team captured the PIAA AAA state title.[9][10]

In 2015, the boys volleyball team captured the PIAA state title.[11]

Notable alumni[edit]


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  2. ^ "The Early History of North Whitehall Township" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2014-06-11. Retrieved 2015-11-24.
  3. ^ "Parkland High Target Date Extended To 1999". The Morning Call. Retrieved 16 February 2015.
  4. ^ "Parkland High School : Profile 2015-2016" (PDF). Retrieved 2015-11-24.
  5. ^ Spears, Steve (August 4, 2011). "This high school made the Kessel run in less than 12 parsecs". Tampa Bay Times. Retrieved April 12, 2012.[dead link]
  6. ^ Hibbard, Laura (April 16, 2012). "Millennium Falcon Look-Alike High School Delights 'Star Wars' Fans". Huffington Post. Retrieved April 19, 2012.
  7. ^ [1] Archived September 8, 2008, at the Wayback Machine
  8. ^ "Parkland High School Sports History (Allentown, PA)". 2004-03-23. Retrieved 2015-11-24.
  9. ^ "Parkland High School Sports History (Allentown, PA)". 2004-03-23. Retrieved 2015-11-24.
  10. ^ Kyle Craig (2013-10-29). "Parkland girls volleyball wins 2nd straight state title with dramatic rally -". Retrieved 2015-11-24.
  11. ^ "Parkland boys win first state volleyball title - The Morning Call". 2015-06-06. Retrieved 2015-11-24.
  12. ^ [2] Archived July 14, 2011, at the Wayback Machine
  13. ^ Harris, Jon (19 October 2015). "Brent Saunders, Parkland grad, is the Lehigh Valley's $150 billion dealmaker". The Morning Call. Retrieved 24 November 2015.
  14. ^ "Donald William Snyder (Republican)". Official Pennsylvania House of Representatives Profile. Pennsylvania House of Representatives. Archived from the original on 2000-02-01.
  15. ^ Williams, Andre D. (July 5, 2007). "For Brant Weidner, time in NBA was all too brief: The former Parkland High star recalls his half a season with the Spurs in 1983-84". The Morning Call. Archived from the original on October 22, 2012.
  16. ^ "Author Lauren Weisberger". Archived from the original on February 13, 2010.
  17. ^ "Author". Lauren Weisberger. Retrieved July 26, 2019 – via

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