Gateway High School (Pennsylvania)

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Gateway High School
300 px
3000 Gateway Campus Boulevard, Monroeville, PA 15146
School district Gateway School District
Principal Mr. Peter Murphy
Staff 157
Grades 9-12
Enrollment 1,519 (2009-2010)
 • Grade 9 378
 • Grade 10 372
 • Grade 11 362
 • Grade 12 372
 • Other Enrollment declining to 1337 by 2019[1]
Color(s) Black Vegas Gold and Gray
Athletics conference Western Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic League, Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association, Pennsylvania Interscholastic Marching Band Association
Mascot Gator

Gateway High School (GHS), located at 3000 Gateway Campus Boulevard, serves the residents of Monroeville and Pitcairn, Pennsylvania. Gateway High School provides grades 9 through 12. The school is part of the Gateway School District. The principal is Peter Murphy.

Graduation rate

In 2010, the Pennsylvania Department of Education issued a new, 4 year cohort graduation rate. Gateway School District's rate was 82% for 2010.[2]

According to traditional graduation rate calculations:

  • 2010 - 92% [3]
  • 2009 - 91%[4]
  • 2008 - 95%
  • 2007 - 95% [5]

Academic achievement

In 2010, the high school is in Making Progress: in School Improvement II due to low student academic achievement. In 2009, the high school was in School Improvement II AYP level.[6]

In 2011, Gateway High School was ranked 33rd out of 122 western Pennsylvania high schools for student academic achievement by the Pittsburgh Business Times.[7]

  • 2010 - 41st [8]
  • 2009 - 38th
PSSA Results:
11th Grade Reading
  • 2010 - 76% on grade level, Boys 65%/Girls 87% (13% below basic). In Pennsylvania, 66% of 11th graders on grade level.[9]
  • 2009 - 71%, State - 65% [10]
  • 2008 - 71%, State - 65%
  • 2007 - 72%, State - 65% [11]
11th Grade Math
  • 2010 - 73% on grade level. In Pennsylvania, 59% of 11th graders are on grade level.
  • 2009 - 59%, State - 56% [12]
  • 2008 - 60%, State - 56%
  • 2007 - 59%, State - 53%
11th Grade Science:
  • 2010 - 49% on grade level. State - 39% of 11th graders were on grade level.[13]
  • 2009 - 37%, State - 40%
  • 2008 - 34%, State - 39% [14]

College Remediation

According to a Pennsylvania Department of Education study released in January 2009, 28% of Gateway School District graduates required remediation in mathematics and reading before they were prepared to take college level courses in the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education or community colleges.[15] Less than 66% of Pennsylvania high school graduates who enroll in a four-year college in Pennsylvania will earn a bachelor's degree within six years. Among Pennsylvania high school graduates pursuing an associate degree, only one in three graduate in three years.[16] Per the Pennsylvania Department of Education, one in three recent high school graduates who attend Pennsylvania's public universities and community colleges takes at least one remedial course in math, reading or English.

Dual enrollment

The high school offers a Dual Enrollment program. This state program permits high school students to take courses, at local higher education institutions, to earn college credits. Students remain enrolled at their high school. The courses count towards high school graduation requirements and towards earning a college degree. The students continue to have full access to activities and programs at their high school. The college credits are offered at a deeply discounted rate. The state offers a small grant to assist students in costs for tuition, fees and books.[17] Under the Pennsylvania Transfer and Articulation Agreement, many Pennsylvania colleges and universities accept these credits for students who transfer to their institutions.[18] The Pennsylvania College Credit Transfer System reported in 2009, that students saved nearly $35.4 million by having their transferred credits count towards a degree under the new system.[19]

For the 2009-10 funding year, the school district received a state grant of $33,833 for the program.[20]

Graduation Requirements

The Gateway School District School Board has determined that a student must earn 23 credits to graduate including: English 4 credits, Social Studies 3 credits, Science 3 credits, Mathematics 3 credits, Information Technology 0.5 credit, Arts/Humanities 2 credits, Health 0.5 credit, Physical Education 1 credit and Electives 6 credits.[21]

By law, all Pennsylvania secondary school students must complete a project as a part of their eligibility to graduate from high school. The type of project, its rigor and its expectations are set by the individual school district.[22]

By Pennsylvania School Board regulations, for the graduating classes 2019, students must demonstrate successful completion of secondary level course work in Algebra I, Biology, English Composition, and Literature for which the Keystone Exams serve as the final course exams. Students’ Keystone Exam scores shall count for at least one-third of the final course grade.[23]

Voluntary Community Service

The Social Studies Department manages a community service program. Active student volunteers earn extra credit points in their Social Studies class and end of year awards. The program operates throughout the school year and over the summer months. It offers a concentrated leadership-training program during four weeks in the summer and volunteering efforts are conducted year round.[24]


The district offers a variety of clubs, activities and sports. Eligibility for participation is set by school board policy and the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association.

By Pennsylvania law, all K-12 students in the district, including those who attend a private nonpublic school, cyber charter school, charter school and those homeschooled, are eligible to participate in the extracurricular programs including all athletics. They must meet the same eligibility rules as the students enrolled in the district's schools.[25]


The school has a variety of athletic opportunities in which the students can get involved.

Sport Coach's Name
Cheerleading Lori Brennan
Cross Country Tom LaBuff
Football Tom Nola
Men's Golf Jason Tyska
Women's Golf Dennis Persin
Men's Soccer Chris Duda
Women's Soccer Kevin Sanders
Tennis Rochelle Seilhamer
Volleyball Jay Wu
Men's Basketball Mitch Adams
Women's Basketball Cornelious Nesbit
Swimming Jason Kunkle
Wrestling RJ Santilli
Baseball Mark Wardzinski
Softball Chuck Myers
Track and Field Tom LaBuff

The mascot of the school district is the Gateway Gator, a stylized alligator.

The current interim Athletic Director is Mr. Randy Rovesti.


Gateway High School offers many clubs for its students to join.

Gateway's Student Councils and Student Governments play a large role in student life. They are in charge of all school dances, fund-raisers, school spirit activities, and also attend and host various leadership workshops and conferences through the Pennsylvania Association of Student Councils.

Gateway's Interact Club also has a prominent role in organizing large student events, including benefit concerts for Amnesty International and other various charity causes.

Gateway also competes in the FIRST Robotics Competition, an annual event for high-school aged participants. Gateway's team, Quasics, is FRC Team #2656. They have competed annually at the Pittsburgh Regional since 2008. They also started team #5526 in FIRST Tech Challenge in 2011, and teams #9656A and #9656B in VEX Robotics in 2013. Visits Us at

Gateway has an active Ultimate Frisbee Team club which competes as a member of the Pittsburgh High School Ultimate League. They won the league's division II championship in 2013. The team is entirely student run and coached.

Gateway's band department is also well known throughout the western Pennsylvania region. The Gateway Senior High School Marking Band has been a consistent finalist in the Bands of America regional competitions since 2004, and a Grand National Championship participant in 2004 and 2008.[26] The Gateway Winterguard and Winter Drumline have also competed at local, regional and national (Winterguard Only) levels in the Scholastic A class and Scholastic Marchin A class, respectively [27] [28]

Notable Alumni

Notable Faculty

  • Mark Wallace (teacher) - 2005 Pennsylvania Teacher of the Year Finalist;[30] 2008 Pennsylvania Social Studies Teacher of the Year Winner
  • Jason Tyska (teacher) - Math and Social Studies teacher, former member of the PGA Tour.


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  2. Pennsylvania Department of Education (March 15, 2011). "New 4-year Cohort Graduation Rate Calculation Now Being Implemented".<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  3. Pennsylvania Department of Education (2010). "Gateway School District - District AYP Data Table".<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
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  16. National Center for Education Statistics
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  20. Pennsylvania Department of Education Dual Enrollment Fall Grants 2009-10. August 2009
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  22. "Pennsylvania Code §4.24 (a) High school graduation requirements".<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  23. Pennsylvania Department of Education (September 2011). "Pennsylvania Keystone Exams Overview".<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  24. Gateway High School Social Studies Department. "Gateway High School Community Service Program".<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  25. Home-Schooled, Charter School Children Can Participate in School District Extracurricular Activities, Pennsylvania Office of the Governor Press Release, November 10, 2005
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  28. "Scholastic-Marching-A-ensemble-Gateway-HS".<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  30. Governor Rendell Announces 2005 PA Teacher of the Year

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