Danville Area School District

The Danville Area School District is a midsized, rural, public school district which spans portions of two counties in Pennsylvania. In Montour County it covers the Boroughs of Danville and Washingtonville and Cooper Township, Derry Township, Liberty Township, Mahoning Township, Mayberry Township, Valley Township and West Hemlock Township. In Northumberland County it covers the Borough of Riverside and Rush Township. The district encompasses approximately 120 square miles (310 km2). According to 2000 federal census data, it served a resident population of 18,894. By 2010, the district's population declined to 18,765 people.[2] The educational attainment levels for the Danville Area School District population (25 years old and over) were 89.8% high school graduates and 27.4% college graduates.[3] The district is one of the 500 public school districts of Pennsylvania.

Danville Area School District
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733 Ironmen Lane
, Montour County and Northumberland County, Pennsylvania, 17821
United States
District information
Students and staff
District mascotIronman
ColorsOrange and purple
State ClassificationDistrict of the 3rd class due to district population between 5,000 and 30,000 people[1]
Map of Northumberland County, Pennsylvania Public School Districts

According to the Pennsylvania Budget and Policy Center, 28.8% of the district's pupils lived at 185% or below the Federal Poverty level as shown by their eligibility for the federal free or reduced price school meal programs in 2012.[4] In 2009, the residents' per capita income was $20,247, while the median family income was $46,435.[5] In the Commonwealth, the median family income was $49,501[6] and the United States median family income was $49,445, in 2010.[7] In Montour County, the median household income was $45,255.[8] By 2013, the median household income in the United States rose to $52,100.[9]

Danville Area School District officials report

The district operates Danville Area High School (Grades 9-12), Danville Middle School (Grades 6-8), Liberty Valley Intermediate Elementary School (Grades 3-5), and Danville Area Primary Elementary School (Grades K2). Of the 4 elementary schools formerly operated by the district until June 2011, only Liberty Valley remains open today. Danville Elementary School, Riverside Elementary School, and Mahoning Cooper Elementary School all closed in the 2011 consolidation of the new Danville Area Primary Elementary School. [1] The district provides an online learning option called Danville eLearning Cyber Academy.[10]

Mascot and Colors

The district's school colors are Orange and Purple and its mascot is the Ironman. The Orange and Purple represent the colors of hot iron. Iron turns orange at forging temperatures and purple at even hotter casting temperatures. This is due to the historical significance of an iron refinery in downtown Danville. Danville Area was commissioned in 1900, within a few years of when the mill closed. The refinery stood idle for decades, but it was finally demolished in the 1930s.


Shortly before the turn of the 20th century, the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania called for special districts acting as their own local government units to run the state's public school system, whereas counties, boroughs, townships, towns, and cities had previously been allowed to run schools. In 1900, the legislature commissioned Danville School District. Originally, the district covered only Danville, but it was granted an increasing geographical region as the state decommissioned surrounding districts. It expanded to cover all but the very northernmost townships of Montour County. Later, with the decommission and annexation of South Danville School District, it took up part of Northumberland County as well. In 1957, Danville School District was awarded the designation of "Area" in its name. In 2007, a U.S. News & World Report study rated Danville High School in the top 5% as one of the best public high schools in the United States of America. In 2010, the high school was no longer listed in the Top US Schools Listing.[11]


The district offers a wide variety of clubs, activities and an extensive sports program.[12] Danville Area School District is a member of the Pennsylvania Heartland Athletic Conference[13] for all athletics and participates under the rules and guidelines of the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association. The Pennsylvania Heartland Athletic Conference is a voluntary association of 25 PIAA High Schools within the central Pennsylvania region.[14]

The high school is also well known for its Forensics Team, which competes in the National Forensics League, National Catholic Forensics League, and Pennsylvania High School Speech League. Other high school groups include the student council (a member of the Pennsylvania Association of Student Councils), the Danville chapter of the Future Farmers of America, Students Against Destructive Decisions, the Spanish Club, Ski Club, the literary magazine, the Key Club, and yearbook club.


The district funds:

Middle School Sports
  • According to PIAA directory July 2012 [17]


  1. ^ Pennsylvania General Assembly, Public School Code of 1949 - Section 202 Classification, 2017
  2. ^ US Census Bureau, 2010 Census Poverty Data by Local Education Agency, 2011
  3. ^ Proximityone (2014). "School District Comparative Analysis Profiles".
  4. ^ Pennsylvania Budget and Policy Center, Education Facts Student Poverty Concentration by LEA, 2012
  5. ^ American Fact Finder, US Census Bureau, 2010
  6. ^ US Census Bureau (2010). "American Fact Finder, State and County quick facts".
  7. ^ US Census Bureau (September 2011). "Income, Poverty, and Health Insurance Coverage in the United States: 2010" (PDF).
  8. ^ US Census Bureau (2014). "Pennsylvania Median household income, 2006-2010 by County".
  9. ^ Michael Sauter; Alexander E.M. Hess (August 31, 2013). "America's most popular six-figure jobs". USA Today.
  10. ^ Justin Strawser., Districts go Digital Six offer their own online classes, The Daily Item, January 31, 2016
  11. ^ "U.S. News & World Report – Pennsylvania – Best High Schools 2010". Archived from the original on 2010-11-24. Retrieved 2011-01-07.
  12. ^ Danville Area School Board (June 12, 2012). "Danville Area School District Budget 2012-13" (PDF).[permanent dead link]
  13. ^ Todd Stanford. "Pennsylvania Heartland Athletic Conference". The Daily Item. Archived from the original on 2012-07-28.
  14. ^ "Pennsylvania Heartland Athletic Conference School list". 2012.
  15. ^ Danville Area School District Athletics Department (April 28, 2014). "Danville Area School District Teams".
  16. ^ MaxPreps.com (2014). pa)/lacrosse/home.htm "Danville High School Lacrosse Schedule and Scores". {{cite web}}: Check |url= value (help)
  17. ^ Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletics Association (2012). "PIAA School Directory".

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