State College Area High School

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State College Area High School
State College Area High School (emblem).jpg
Westerly Parkway
State College, Pennsylvania, Centre County, 16801
United States
School type Public, Secondary
Motto We are the Future!
Established 1894
School district State College Area School District
Superintendent Dr. Robert J. O'Donnell
CEEB code 394685
Principal Curtis Johnson
Grades 9–12
Enrollment 2,014[1]
Houses South Building
North Building
Color(s) Maroon and gray
Athletics conference PIAA District 6
Mascot Little Lion
Average SAT scores Writing: 530, Math: 563, Reading: 549[2]
Communities served Borough of State College and the Townships of College, Ferguson, Halfmoon, Harris, and Patton
Graduates (2015) 594

State College Area High School, often referred to locally as "State High", is a public high school in State College, Pennsylvania, United States. It is the only public high school in the State College Area School District and is within walking distance of Penn State University. Many graduates from State High go on to Penn State.[citation needed]


The high school campus is on the fringe of downtown State College, and spans Westerly Parkway. The campus has two buildings: the North Building and the South Building.

North Building[edit]

The North Building was built in 1955 and has undergone numerous renovations. The building's original portion, centered around the Logan Avenue entrance, is two-story and includes classrooms along with the auditorium, two gymnasia, one cafeteria, library and main office area. In 1965, a two-story classroom addition was built parallel to Westerly Parkway. In 1989, the natatorium and a new gymnasium were added to the building. An additional classroom wing was constructed in 1999. Some aspects of the Career and Technology Center program are also included in the North High School. The building is about 258,000 square feet (24,000 m2) and serves as half of the high school campus. In recent months,[when?] there have been plans to demolish the North Building within three years, drastically expand the South Building and move all students into the South Building.

South Building[edit]

The South Building was built in 1962 and has undergone numerous renovations. The building's original portion is the "front" of the building. This part of the building is single story and includes classrooms along with the auditorium, gymnasium, cafeteria and main office area. In 1965, a single story addition was built, but due to grade changes on the site it operates as a second level. This addition includes classrooms, the Library and the fitness center. Another classroom wing was built in 1999. Some aspects of the Career and Technical Center program are also included in the South High School. The building, which has been a junior high school and an intermediate high school, is about 191,000 square feet (17,700 m2) and serves as half of the high school campus.

Delta Program[edit]

The Delta Program is an alternative secondary school associated with State High. Students are encouraged to use community resources and can take classes from the high school, Delta, and Penn State. Delta Students enjoy small class sizes, mixed grade levels, and a set of freedoms which are typically restricted to college-age learning. To encourage a unity between teachers and students, teachers are referred to on a first name basis. The program also opened a middle level program, which proved to be quite popular.

  • Community service is an important aspect of the Delta experience. Each year a student has to maintain 30 hours annually to stay within the Delta Community.
  • Students, parents, and advisors meet regularly to discuss academic progress and set new goals. These meetings allow the teachers and parents one-on-one time with the student to discuss achievements as well as any problems the student may be having.
  • Students are allowed open campus and are free to leave the Delta building during their lunch and free periods. Many students walk downtown, which is only a few minutes away from the school.

Driver's education[edit]

In 1932, Amos Neyhart, assistant professor at Penn State University, began the country's first driver's education in-car course at State College Area High School.[3] The program was altered after the 2010–2011 school year due to budget cuts from the new school board, which removed the course's behind-the-wheel component.[4]

Notable alumni[edit]


  1. ^ "PIAA - Schools - Directory - State College Area High School". Retrieved 13 December 2008. 
  2. ^ "About the District", SCASD, March 28, 2016. Accessed July 8, 2016. "Average SAT Writing score 2015 - 530, Average SAT Math score 2015 - 563, Average SAT Critical Reading score 2015 - 549, Number of graduating students 2015 - 594, Faculty Scholars -112"
  3. ^ "Drivers Education — Putting It In Gear". Penn State University. Spring 2011. Retrieved July 8, 2016. It was not until ten years later, in 1932, that the most obvious approach was undertaken to reduce traffic accidents – the development of a driver education course. Amos Neyhart, assistant professor at Penn State University initiated the first organized high school driver education course [in the country] at State College High School, State College, Pennsylvania. 
  4. ^ "Driver's education turns 80, or thereabouts", Hemmings Motor News (Hemmings Daily), February 17, 2014. Accessed July 8, 2016. "The program remains today, but not in the form Neyhart envisioned. Budget cuts eliminated the behind-the-wheel component of the course in 2010, and Fisher said he’s the only in-class instructor left. Taking driver’s ed, though, is still a requirement for graduation at the high school."
  5. ^ Patterson, Michael Robert. "Tristan N. Aitken, Captain, United States Army". Retrieved April 20, 2017. 
  6. ^ McElwee, Steve (September 27, 2014). "State High grad an Eagles cheerleader". The Centre Daily Times. Retrieved August 30, 2015. 
  7. ^ Patterson, Michael Robert. "William John Cahir, Sergeant, United States Marine Corps". Retrieved April 20, 2017. 
  8. ^ "" - Prospect Profiles". NFL. 21 January 2007". Retrieved April 20, 2017. 
  9. ^ ""New York Film Critics Circle: Leah Rozen". New York Film Critics Circle. 21 January 2007". Retrieved April 20, 2017. 
  10. ^ "31st Annie Award Nominees and Winners List". Archived from the original on 2012-07-07. 

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Coordinates: 40°46′57″N 77°51′26″W / 40.7824°N 77.8572°W / 40.7824; -77.8572