McDowell High School

McDowell High School is a public high school located in Millcreek Township, Pennsylvania a suburb of Erie. It is the only high school in the Millcreek Township School District. The school's mascot is the Trojan.

McDowell High School
3580 West 38th St

MottoThe Right Place For Every Kid
PrincipalBrian Fuller
Enrollment2,222 (2016-17)[1]
Color(s)Blue and White


There are approximately 2,500 students attending McDowell High School. The McDowell campus includes two buildings: McDowell Intermediate accommodating students in grades 9 and 10, and McDowell Senior accommodating grades 11 and 12. Students travel between facilities on the campus when attending classes.


As of the 2015-16 school year:[2]

Group Number of students Percent
All 2,319 100%
White 2,066 89.1%
Black 77 3.3%
Asian 27 1.2%
Hispanic 85 3.7%
Two or More Races 57 2.5%
American Indian/Alaskan Native 5 0.2%
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander 2 0.1%
Male 1215 52.4%
Female 1104 47.6%


The Millcreek Township School Board has been in talks since 2009 for renovations to the McDowell property. In December 2011, the school board announced four possible options for renovation, ranging in cost from $80 million to $100 million. The board has decided to create a new practice field for football.[3]

On July 31, 2012, by a vote of 8-1, the Millcreek Township School Board voted in favor of consolidating both McDowell Senior High and McDowell Intermediate at cost of $110 million. During the meeting, school board members voted 6-3 in favor of moving Gus Anderson Field to the east side of Caughey Road, despite major student complaints for air condition.[4]

On February 7, 2013, the superintendent of Millcreek, Michael Golde, announced he was taking a medical leave and stepping down from his position.[5] One week later, the school board announced plans for a new McDowell were being scaled back, due to the high cost of the building.[6]

In late February and early March, it was revealed the school district was between $6 million and $9 million in debt. The final announced total was $8.8 million, as of April 12, 2013. Due to the budget shortfall, the Millcreek Township School District announced the closure of two elementary schools, which officially ended the McDowell renovation project.[7]

In March 2014, the Millcreek School Board approved nearly 2.4 million dollars to a renovation to the high school. There were renovations to the field, lockers and windows.

Notable alumni


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  2. "McDowell High School". National Center for Education Statistics. Retrieved 10 August 2018.
  3. "Error". Retrieved 9 February 2018.
  4. "Article 404 - - Erie, PA". Retrieved 9 February 2018.
  5. "Golde On Medical Leave, Not Returning As Millcreek Superintendent". Retrieved 9 February 2018.
  6. Guide, TV. "Melrose Place Star Amy Locane-Bovenizer Sentenced to Three Years in Prison". Retrieved 9 February 2018.
  8. "2015 OHL Academic Players of the Year". Ontario Hockey League. April 30, 2015.

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