County: Lancaster County, PA
Total Students: 2481 students
52% Male / 48% Female
Teachers: 137 teachers
Hempfield High School continually shows above state average test results on the PSSA tests and the SATs. The school has a 95% graduation rate with almost 82% of Hempfield graduates continuing on to excel in post secondary education.
Academic success is also shown through national merit, where, in 2005-2006, thirteen students were honored as National Merit Finalists. Finally, Hempfield students have consistently excelled in the Pennsylvania Math League. In 1999, 2000, 2002, 2003, 2004, and 2005, the Math Team were the first in their region, and in 2001, 2006, and 2008, they were first in the league.
Hempfield offers a number of Advanced Placement courses. These include classes in Biology, Calculus, Chemistry, Computer Science, Economics, Environmental Science, English, French, German, and Spanish Literature, Art, Music Theory, Physics, Statistics, and US History, US Government and Politics. AP exams for college credit, are also offered in all of these areas. Honor weighted courses in the Humanities are offered, however, no AP exam accompanies them.
Hempfield High School is renowned for its extensive theater program and is highly regarded for its annual "Dance Theatre" production, created by Pat Kautter (now Choreographed and Directed by Cody Smith) is a completely original show which features over 100 students. Dance Theatre celebrated its 25th anniversary in 2008. Hempfield's spring musical productions, under the direction of Dr. Alan Mudrick and Cody Smith, are also well known for their excellence. A spring musical is also performed annually. The 1,300 seat Performing Arts Center was designed by The Ray Group Inc. a Lancaster-based architecture firm that specializes in schools and universities. The PAC opened in Fall 1995 and is one of the most expensive high school stages in Pennsylvania. The "PAC" is often rented out by local dance companies and performance groups to hold their productions.
The Hempfield Black Knight Marching Band, under the direction of one Mr. Adam Gumble, consists of over 115 members. Other than the marching band, Hempfield is also host to other bands. The Symphonic band for grades 10-12, and The Concert Band is a 50+ performance group which accepts all levels of musicians from all grades designed for 9th graders to adapt them to the more challenging material and style that is played in the Symphonic band. The 2012-2013 band was selected to perform at the PMEA All-State conference. The Jazz Bands include the Jazz band who hosts a variety of shows during the year and the Jazz Lab Band which performs with the Jazz Band during the spring jazz concert. All of the bands at Hempfield are supervised by the department chair of music, Dr Alan Mudrick.
Hempfield is also the home to several choral groups; Hempfield Singers, Bel Cantos, Concert Choir, and Chamber Singers. All are under the direction of Dr. Alan Mudrick. Hempfield Singers is a high level choir which is open by audition. Bel Cantos is an all female-choir, also selected through audition. Concert Choir is a larger group that is open to any student. The Hempfield Chamber Singers is an elite group which includes a small number of singers. The 2012-2013 group also performed at the state conference. The Chamber Singers perform the national anthem at many of Hempfield's home basketball games.
The Hempfield Orchestras include Symphony Strings, an orchestra tailored to advanced musicians; and Concert Strings, a performing orchestra designed for underclassmen.
All orchestras, bands and choirs perform at either the holiday concert, the winter concert and a spring concert as well. Some groups have shows outside of the Hempfield music department, which change every year.
Hempfield competes in the Lancaster-Lebanon League as part of the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association.Except for:
Ice hockey, governed by USA Hockey and compete in the Central Pennsylvania Interscholastic Hockey League (CPIHL)
Rugby, which compete in the Eastern Pennsylvania Rugby Union (EPRU).
Ice hockey (not a PIAA sport) CPIHL
Rugby M/W (not a PIAA sport) EPRU
Swimming and Diving
Track and Field/Cross Country
Tom Herr, a former Major League Baseball alumnus of the St. Louis Cardinals, Minnesota Twins, Philadelphia Phillies, San Francisco Giants, and New York Mets. Locally, Herr led the Lancaster Barnstormers to the 2006 Atlantic League Championship Series.
Aaron Herr, the oldest son of Tom Herr, is a member of the Louisville Bats, the Class AAA affiliate of the Cincinnati Reds.
Jordan Herr, a younger son of Tom Herr, is a member of the Great Falls Voyagers, the Rookie-level affiliate of the Chicago White Sox. Prior to his assignment in the White Sox system, Jordan played for the Barnstormers in 2008.
Kyle Salyards, competed in the 200 m breaststroke event in the 2000 Olympic Games.
John Murray, played goalie for the HHS ice hockey team before moving on to the Ontario Hockey League. In March 2008, he was signed to the nearby Reading Royals of the ECHL. Murray currently plays for the Ontario Reign, an affiliate of the Los Angeles Kings.
Luke Murray, led the HHS Men's Volleyball team to four straight state titles as the team's setter. He then went on to lead Penn State's team to a 2008 NCAA Championship. As of 2009, Murray plays professional volleyball in Cyprus.
Boys' Basketball Program The Hempfield Boys Basketball program is led by Coach Danny Walck. Since taking over in 2010, Coach Walck has led the Black Knights to a playoff appearance every season. This includes his first year, 2010-2011, where the Knights won the Lancaster-Lebanon League title. He is assisted by Dave Brown, Ian Daecher, Mark Macik, and Matt Wagaman.
Led by Head Coach Ron Zeiber, the Hempfield football program has dramatically increased in performance in recent years. They recently have had two straight berths to the PIAA District 3 AAAA Playoffs and advanced to the quarterfinals both times. They lost in double overtime to Cumberland Valley in 2013. They lost in triple overtime to Central Dauphin-East in 2014. They currently play in Section 1 of the L-L League.
Football Disciplinary action of 2012
After a 1-0 start, Hempfield played their first home game of the season against Manheim Central. Hempfield won 17-14 that evening for the first 2-0 in 5 years. That evening, an incident occurred at the townhouse of a then-Hempfield senior where alcohol and drugs were consumed by celebrating students, including players of the football team. Police action occurred in the middle of the night, and many players were reported for several different infractions. Despite what was a bitter battle between Hempfield policy number 157 (which all team members had signed and agreed to at the beginning of the season) and members of the football team, the policy won ultimately. Hempfield started their first freshman quarterback in a Varsity Game ever, crushing all hope for a successful football season, and finished the year 3-7. The incident shocked the community and the rest of the league. Many argue it is what caused the dramatic downturn of the success of the football team during the 2012 season. The team looked to rebuild, and start with a clean slate the next year.Georgelis Law Firm Stadium
Synthetic turf Field used for Football, Soccer, Lacrosse
Georgelis Law Firm Stadium is sponsored by Hempfield HS graduate, resident and attorney, Anthony M. Georgelis.
Also serves as the home field for Lancaster Inferno minor league soccer team.