State College Area High School "State High"
Westerly Parkway

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United States
School typePublic, Secondary
MottoWe are the Future!
School districtState College Area School District
SuperintendentCurtis Johnson
CEEB code394685
PrincipalLaura Tobias
Teaching staff199.83 (FTE)[1]
Enrollment2,344 (2018-19)[1]
Student to teacher ratio11.73[1]
HousesSouth Building
North Building
Color(s)Maroon and gray
Athletics conferencePIAA District 6
MascotLittle Lion
Communities servedBorough of State College and the Townships of College, Ferguson, Halfmoon, Harris, and Patton
Graduates (2023)622

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. It is 5 minutes away from Mount Nittany Middle School, and 10 minutes away from Park Forest Middle School.[3]


The high school, which includes north and south campus facilities totaling 680,000 square feet (63,000 m2), is on the fringe of downtown State College, and spans Westerly Parkway.


Main Campus

A state-of-the-art 520,000 square feet (48,000 m2) south campus facility was constructed in 2018 on the site of the original South Building. This building serves as State High’s main campus.

Original South Building

The original South Building was built in 1962 and had undergone numerous renovations. This original part of the building was single story and included 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 included classrooms, the Library and the fitness center. Another classroom wing was built in 1999. Some aspects of the Career and Technical Center program were also included in the South High School. The building, which had also been a junior high school and then an intermediate high school, was demolished to make room for the new state-of-the-art 520,000 square feet (48,000 m2) main campus facility.



A 160,000 square feet (15,000 m2) north campus facility was constructed in 2019 on the site of the original Senior High School North Building. The buildout renovated the school building and added additional turf athletic fields where the North Building once stood.

Original North Building

The original North Building was built in 1955 and had undergone numerous renovations. The building's original portion, centered around the Logan Avenue entrance, was two-story and included 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 were also included in the North High School. The building was demolished in 2018-19 to make room for a new 160,000 square feet (15,000 m2) facility.

Delta Program

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.

Driver's education

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.[4] 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.[5]

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  1. ^ a b c "State College Area HS". National Center for Education Statistics. Retrieved May 6, 2019.
  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"
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  4. ^ "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.
  5. ^ "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."
  6. ^ "" - Prospect Profiles". NFL. 21 January 2007". Retrieved April 20, 2017.
  7. ^ "31st Annie Award Nominees and Winners List". Archived from the original on July 7, 2012.

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