Award Year: 2021

Cambria Heights Senior High School

426 Glendale Lake Road
Patton, PA, 16668-0006

(814) 674-3601

Mr. Kenneth Kerchenske, Principal at time of Nomination

Mr. Alan DuBreucq, Current Principal

Cambria Heights School District

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Cambria Heights High School will enable students to meet the challenges of life by becoming lifelong learners and responsible citizens.

Student Demographics
  • White: 98%
  • Hispanic: 1%
  • Two or more races: 1%
Technology Student Association (TSA) members at a recent competition

Technology Student Association (TSA) members at a recent competition

Located in rural Cambria County, Cambria Heights High School serves approximately 430 students in grades 9-12. The school prides itself on strong community bonds, as evidenced by the number of scholarships given by local organizations to graduates and the phenomenal graduation ceremony held in June 2020 during the Covid-19 pandemic, in which graduates paraded to a drive-in theater in the school district through streets lined with supporters. The ceremony commenced with congratulatory messages from three celebrities and concluded with a fireworks display paid for by community donors.

Cambria Heights High School has a diverse curriculum to meet the needs of all learners pursuing varied career paths after graduation. The school offers dual-enrollment courses through three local universities and partners with Admiral Peary Area Vocational-Technical School for career and technical programs. Students take STEAM courses in a new, state-of-the-art lab, funded in part through a Teacher in the Workplace Grant that partners our STEAM faculty with a local industry. While our student body and faculty are relatively small, Cambria Heights still offers a wide variety of courses to meet students' interests, including 12 science courses, 12 math courses, and 10 art and music courses.

Additionally, the school supports students by offering 22 clubs, activities, or interscholastic athletic programs; a collaborative faculty- and peer-tutoring program; a comprehensive guidance office; and partnerships with business and organizations, including The Challenge Program, Technology Student Association, and Allegheny General Hospital, through which students get to observe a live open-heart surgery.