State College Area High School
|State College Area High School|
We are the Future!
State College, Pennsylvania, Centre County, 16801
|School type||Public, Secondary|
|School district||State College Area School District|
|Superintendent||Dr. Robert J. O'Donnell|
|Color(s)||Maroon and Gray
|Athletics conference||PIAA District 6|
|Average SAT scores (2015)||Writing: 530, Math: 563, Reading: 549|
|Communities served||Borough of State College and the Townships of College, Ferguson, Halfmoon, Harris, and Patton|
|Website||State College Area High School|
State College Area High School 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 located within walking distance of Penn State University.
In 1932, Amos Neyhart, assistant professor at Penn State University, initiated the first driver's education in-car course in the country at State College Area High School. This program was altered after the 2010-2011 school year due to budget cuts from the new school board, which removed the behind-the-wheel component of the course.
As of the 2009-10 school year, the school had an enrollment of 2,538 students and 203.25 classroom teachers (on an FTE basis), for a student-teacher ratio of 12.49. Many graduates from State High go on to study at the Pennsylvania State University.
The high school campus is located just on the fringe of downtown State College, and spans Westerly Parkway. The campus comprises two buildings: the North Building and the South Building.
The North Building was originally constructed in 1955, and since then has undergone numerous renovations. The original portion of the building is centered around the Logan Avenue entrance. This part of the building is two-story and includes classrooms along with the Auditorium, two gymnasia, one cafeteria, library and main office area. In 1965 an addition was constructed for the building, which was a two-story classroom addition that runs 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 entire building is about 258,000 square feet and serves as half of the High School campus. In recent months, there have been plans made to demolish the North Building within 3 years, drastically expand the South Building and move all students into the South Building.
The South Building was originally constructed in 1962, and since then has undergone numerous renovations. The original portion of the building 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 an addition was constructed for the building, which is also single story, but due to grade changes on the site it operates as a second level. This addition includes classrooms, the Library and the fitness center. An additional classroom wing was constructed in 1999. Some aspects of the Career and Technical Center program are also included in the South High School. The entire building, which has in the past served as a Junior High School and an Intermediate High School, is about 191,000 square feet and serves as half of the High School campus.
The Delta Program is an alternative secondary school associated with State High. Students are encouraged to utilize 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.
- Tristan N. Aitken - Captain, United States Army, killed in action in Iraq
- Kerry Benninghoff - current member of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives from the 171st Legislative District.
- Stan Belinda - former Major League Baseball pitcher
- William John Cahir (Bill Cahir) - Sergeant, United States Marine Corps, killed in action while supporting combat operations in Helmand province, Afghanistan, 14 August 2009 
- Ron Dickerson, Jr. - Head Football Coach at Gardner-Webb University, former NFL and Arkansas Razorbacks football player
- Ian Hendrickson-Smith - Saxophonist in the The Tonight Show Band, The Legendary Roots Crew
- Spc. Craig Ivory - United States Army Died August 17, 2003 after being medivaced while serving in Kuwait
- Larry Johnson - former Pennsylvania State University running back, played most recently for the Miami Dolphins
- Tony Johnson - former Pennsylvania State University football player, brother of Larry Johnson, son of Larry Johnson
- Matt Kocher - former University of Pittsburgh NCAA Wrestling All-American, State College's most recent State Champion
- Butch Leitzinger - professional race car driver in the American Le Mans series
- Gabe Norwood - former NCAA basketball player, currently playing in the professional PBA league
- Jordan Norwood - former Pennsylvania State University wide receiver, currently signed with the Denver Broncos
- Leah Rozen - nationally recognized film critic
- Doug Sweetland - Annie-award winning Pixar animator
- Matt Suhey - former NFL and Pennsylvania State University running back
- Bill Welch - former mayor of State College
- LCPL Brunner
- Steve Bosak - former 3-time All-American, NCAA National Champion (184lbs) wrestler and team captain, Cornell University
- Leah Cable - former cheerleader for the Philadelphia Eagles
- "PIAA - Schools - Directory - State College Area High School". Retrieved 13 December 2008.
- "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"
- "Drivers Education — Putting It In Gear", Penn State University, Spring 2011. Accessed 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."
- "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."
- State College Area High School, National Center for Education Statistics. Accessed November 27, 2009.
- "Tristan N. Aitken, Captain, United States Army". Arlington National Cemetery. 21 January 2007 .
- "NFL.com - Prospect Profiles". NFL. 21 January 2007 .
- "New York Film Critics Circle: Leah Rozen". New York Film Critics Circle. 21 January 2007 .
- "31st Annie Award Nominees and Winners List". Archived from the original on 2012-07-07.
- McElwee Steve. "State High grad an Eagles cheerleader", The Centre Daily Times, 27 September 2014. Retrieved on 30 August 2015.