North Penn High School

North Penn High School is a part of the North Penn School District and is located in Towamencin Township, Pennsylvania, about a mile outside of Lansdale borough, 25 miles northwest of Philadelphia, along Valley Forge Road (PA Route 363).

North Penn High School
1340 Valley Forge Road


Coordinates40°14′06″N 75°18′55″W
School typePublic
Opened1955 (original building), 1971 (current building)
School districtNorth Penn School District
SuperintendentCurt Dietrich
CEEB code392155
PrincipalPete Nicholson
Enrollment3,158 (2016-17)[1]
Color(s)Navy and Columbia Blue
NicknameKnights, Maidens
PublicationThe Troubadour (literary magazine)
NewspaperKnight Crier
YearbookThe Accolade

North Penn High School was created in 1955 as the result of a joint venture of seven school systems (Hatfield Joint Consolidated, Lansdale Borough, Line Lexington Independent, Montgomery Township, North Wales Borough, Towamencin Township and Upper Gwynedd Township) to educate students from three former high schools: Hatfield High School, Lansdale High School, and North Wales High School. The original North Penn High School building was an expansion of the building that had served as Lansdale High School since the 1930s. The former Hatfield and North Wales buildings were eventually converted to elementary schools. The North Wales building is still used for this purpose today. The Hatfield building, later renamed the E.B. Laudenslager Elementary School, was replaced by a newer building in 1971. The current North Penn High School was constructed in 1971 because of severe overcrowding at the original school. The former high school building, located on Penn Street in Lansdale, is now Penndale Middle School.

North Penn High School is among the largest statewide, with student enrollment for the 2005-2006 school year at 3,423.[2] Sophomores, juniors, and seniors are represented at the high school. Freshmen, although commonly the first year of high school, only occasionally attend certain classes, and are regularly enrolled in one of these three middle schools: Penndale Middle School, Pennbrook Middle School, and Pennfield Middle School. The middle schools enroll grades 7 - 9, while the elementary schools enroll grades K - 6.


The school hosted the 75th Anniversary National Association of Student Councils (NASC) national conference from June 24–28, 2006, where students from 49 states, as well as Australia, Canada, and Puerto Rico attended.[3]

North Penn High School and Knapp Elementary School both celebrated their 50th anniversaries in the year of 2005.[4]

North Penn High School's International Thespian troupe was the first high school to start a Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS (BC/EFA) high school chapter in the world. BC/EFA is a charity in which Broadway actors, and now high schools, can raise money which gets sent to this charity to fight AIDS. North Penn has an annual gala to raise money in addition to auctioning off many pieces of Broadway memorabilia.

In the 2001-2002 school year, the high school participated in the Y100 Foods Drive for the first time, and won 1st place. As a prize, Saves the Day played a free, private concert for them. In the 2006-2007 school year, the high school participated in the WMMR Preston and Steve Food Drive and donated over 2 tons of food. They won 1st place, and as a result, were awarded another OK Go concert.

In 2006, The North Penn Marching Knights won the USSBA Grand National Championship at the Naval Academy, and they also won their 10th consecutive state championship.

In 2007, North Penn won the Q102 Bras the Boulevard contest. The contest aimed to collect donations and bras for the Linda Creed Breast Cancer Foundation. The prize was a free dance hosted by the morning show Booker in the Morning.

On Friday, April 18, 2008, former President Bill Clinton visited North Penn High School. Due to the school's large community and student body, it was chosen as one of the places that a representative of the Clinton campaign would speak.

In April 2013, North Penn High School's Academic Decathlon Team went to Nationals in Minneapolis placing 11th in the nation.

In April 2013, North Penn High School Team #1851 took 3rd place in the National Moody's Mega Math Challenge.

In April 2013, the North Penn High School Chamber Singers had the honor of performing at the premier of Christopher Tin's Grammy Award-winning album, Calling All Dawns, in Avery Fisher Hall in Lincoln Center in New York City. Tin invited them personally to be a part of the momentous occasion.

In June 2015, the North Penn Knights baseball team won the 2015 PIAA AAAA State Championship.


In 2005, 2006, and 2007 Sports Illustrated distinguished North Penn as having the best athletic program in Pennsylvania, noting that the school has "won 45 state championships over the last 10 years" and "is a power in football and is also dominant in boys' swimming." The school is also prominent in boys' and girls' water polo, and boys' winter track, spring track, cross country, and more recently baseball.[5]


In the media

In 1999, ESPN featured the football team in a documentary entitled "The Season."[6]

The school's football team was featured in the 1999 film "The Last Game". The movie includes a storyline about North Penn's former rivalry with neighboring Central Bucks West High School.

On Friday, April 18, 2008, former President Bill Clinton delivered a speech on the steps of North Penn High School at a rally for Hillary Clinton's presidency. The Pennsylvania primary was Tuesday April 22. Preceding President Clinton were introductions by PA Representative Allyson Schwartz, former Montgomery County Commissioner Joe Hoeffel.

On Monday, September 8, 2008, John Oates, half of Hall & Oates and member of the Class of 1966, returned to North Penn for an assembly in his honor, which included a video about his life made by the school's broadcasting class, and a question and answer period. He also played several songs from his new solo album 1000 Miles of Life, and "Rich Girl".

Notable alumni

Notes and references

  1. "North Penn SHS". National Center for Education Statistics. Retrieved February 24, 2019.
  2. NPHS. "North Penn High School". Schoolwires, Inc. Retrieved 2007-02-15.
  3. Bryan King (2006-01-26). "North Penn High School Presents..." Genesis X Designs.
  4. Robert Hassler (2005-09-06). "Letter from the Superintendent". NPHS.
  5. Doug Huff (2005-05-16). "Best Sports High Schools". Sports Illustrated.
  6. Mike Scandura. "Coaches Spotlight: Mike Pettine". Retrieved 2007-02-15.
  8. "Jennifer E. Strong". The Reporter. April 1, 2011. Archived from the original on August 12, 2019. Retrieved August 12, 2019.
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