Parkland High School (Pennsylvania)

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Parkland High School
2700 North Cedar Crest Boulevard
Allentown, Pennsylvania, 18104
United States
Coordinates 40°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
Type Public high school
Established 1949
School district Parkland School District
Superintendent Richard T. Sniscak
Principal James E. Moniz II
Grades 9 - 12
Enrollment 3,194 (September 2014)
Color(s)      Cardinal Red
Athletics conference Eastern Pennsylvania Conference
Team name Trojans
Newspaper The Trumpet
Yearbook Par Key

Parkland High School is a public high school in Allentown, Pennsylvania that serves students in grades 9 to 12. It is the only high school for the Parkland School District. With 3,194 students in the 2014-2015 academic year, Parkland is the largest high school in the Lehigh Valley.[1]


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.[4] 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.[5][6] 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.[7] School officials claim that the design was not deliberate.[8]


Parkland High School ranked as the number one high school in the Lehigh Valley by standardized test scores for the year 2013.[9]


Parkland has numerous musical groups, including a dance team, orchestral ensembles, choral groups, and a concert band, jazz band, marching band, indoor colorguard, and indoor drumline.

Freddy Awards[edit]

Parkland High School's spring musical participates in the Freddy Awards., an award show created to recognize and reward exceptional accomplishments in the production and performance of musical theater in high schools in Lehigh and Northampton Counties, Pennsylvania, and Warren County, New Jersey. Parkland High School is the only school that has been nominated for Outstanding Overall Performance of a Musical every year of the Freddy Awards. [10]

2015 - Into the Woods

Nominations: Parkland received a total of 15 nominations including Orchestra, Scenery, Costuming, Male Ensemble Member, Female Ensemble Member, Lighting, Chorus, Small Ensemble Performance, Supporting Actress, Supporting Actor, Featured Actress, Featured Actress, Production Number, Stage Crew, Leading Actress, and Overall Production.

Recipients: Parkland received a total of 3 awards and a scholarship including Orchestra, Costuming, Leading Actress, and a full four year scholarship to West Virginia University.


Parkland competes in the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference in District XI of the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association. Cumulatively among all of its sports, Parkland has secured fourteen Pennsylvania state championship titles.[11][12]


In 2006, the girls' basketball team captured the PIAA state championship title.[12]

Cross Country[edit]

The girls cross country team was the state champion in 2001.[12]


The 2002 football team won the Pennsylvania AAAA State Championship. The team ended the year ranked 6th in the nation by USA Today.[13]


The softball team won the state title in 1975, 1995, 1998, 2009, and 2015. [14]


The girls' swim team won the PIAA state championship in 2001, 2003, and 2006.[15]


In 2011, 2014, and 2015, the girls volleyball team captured the PIAA AAA state title.[16][17]

In 2015, the boys volleyball team captured the PIAA state title.[18]

Notable former students[edit]


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  2. ^ "Administration". Retrieved 16 February 2015. 
  3. ^ "Parkland School Board Appoints James E. Moniz II as Principal of Parkland High School" (PDF). Retrieved 2015-11-24. 
  4. ^ "The Early History of North Whitehall Township" (PDF). Retrieved 2015-11-24. 
  5. ^ "Parkland High Target Date Extended To 1999". The Morning Call. Retrieved 16 February 2015. 
  6. ^ "Parkland High School : Profile 2015-2016" (PDF). Retrieved 2015-11-24. 
  7. ^ Spears, Steve (August 4, 2011). "This high school made the Kessel run in less than 12 parsecs". Tampa Bay Times. Retrieved April 12, 2012. 
  8. ^ Hibbard, Laura (April 16, 2012). "Millennium Falcon Look-Alike High School Delights 'Star Wars' Fans". Huffington Post. Retrieved April 19, 2012. 
  9. ^ "Parkland High School Profile" (PDF). 2014. Retrieved 2015-01-29. 
  10. ^ "About". The Freddy Awards. 2003-05-22. Retrieved 2015-11-24. 
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  12. ^ a b c "Parkland High School Sports History (Allentown, PA)". 2004-03-23. Retrieved 2015-11-24. 
  13. ^ "Final 2002 Super 25 Rankings". USA Today. December 24, 2002. 
  14. ^ "Parkland High School Sports History (Allentown, PA)". 2004-03-23. Retrieved 2015-11-24. 
  15. ^ "Parkland High School Sports History (Allentown, PA)". 2004-03-23. Retrieved 2015-11-24. 
  16. ^ "Parkland High School Sports History (Allentown, PA)". 2004-03-23. Retrieved 2015-11-24. 
  17. ^ Kyle Craig (2013-10-29). "Parkland girls volleyball wins 2nd straight state title with dramatic rally -". Retrieved 2015-11-24. 
  18. ^ "Parkland boys win first state volleyball title - The Morning Call". 2015-06-06. Retrieved 2015-11-24. 
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  20. ^ Harris, Jon (19 October 2015). "Brent Saunders, Parkland grad, is the Lehigh Valley's $150 billion dealmaker". The Morning Call. Retrieved 24 November 2015. 
  21. ^ "Donald William Snyder (Republican)". Official Pennsylvania House of Representatives Profile. Pennsylvania House of Representatives. Archived from the original on 2000-02-01. 
  22. ^ 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. [dead link]
  23. ^ [3][dead link]

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