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Welcome to the Manheim Central High School!

“Educating and empowering learners to be lifelong difference makers." 

Picture of High School Prior to Construction

Manheim Central High School

400 Adele Avenue

Manheim, PA 17545

Phone: (717) 664-8400 | Fax: (717) 664-8420

School Hours: 7:50 am - 3:00 pm

High School Office Hours: 7:00 am - 3:30 pm

The Manheim Central High School serves the borough of Manheim as well as Penn and Rapho Townships in Lancaster County. The current high school was constructed in 1959, when the district was consolidated into its present geographical footprint. Prior to this, Manheim High School served the students of the Manheim area from 1885 - 1959.  On June 11, 2010, Manheim Central conducted commencement ceremonies for the 125th graduating class in the school's history. Through these 125 years, Manheim Central High School has produced graduates who have excelled in virtually every career field and profession. Although many of our graduates remain in Lancaster County, there are many who have moved on throughout the world in pursuit of their life's dreams. Each year, the high school recognizes its most distinguished alumni by inducting a new class into the Manheim Central Hall of Fame. This annual event serves as a reminder of the impact our school has on its graduates and celebrates the success of a small group of alumni who have gone on to achieve notable accomplishments in their professional and personal lives. Reading the plaques on the Hall of Fame wall at the high school provides some perspective as to the nature of Manheim Central alumni. The pride that our graduates have in their school, and the pride the community has in identifying as a "Baron" help to make Manheim Central a special place to work and learn.


With a graduating class between 200 -250, our size is just right. Our school is big enough to offer academic and extracurricular opportunities for students, but small enough that students can easily know all of their classmates. Our size offers us the ability to compete with large schools while allowing us to maintain a small-school feel within our walls.


Each classroom in our newly renovated High School is outfitted with a 75" interactive touch screen at the front of the room. As the centerpiece of the district’s classroom tech, these interactive boards offer teachers exciting new ways to share information with learners. In addition to cutting-edge classroom technology, each High School learner is equipped with a windows laptop they are permitted to take home and use in each class as part of MCSD's 1:1 initiative.


Our school offers academic programs in twelve subject areas. We have several AP-level classes in core and elective subjects, dual-enrollment opportunities for students who would like to earn college credits while in high school, along with strong offerings in each subject area. Our school is the only one in Lancaster County to make AYP on the PSSA exam every year since its inception, which is a point of pride. While that is a notable achievement, we look at it as a starting point rather than an endpoint. For that reason, we are constantly looking to improve our curriculum and provide relevant and appropriate course offerings in support of the district's mission. If you have questions about a particular subject area or academic topic, we encourage you to contact the high school administration at your convenience.


If you have a child that aspires to be an athlete, Manheim Central is the place to be. Our school offers competitive programs in each sport that we offer. Manheim Central teams are regular participants in the county, district, and state playoffs. Our tradition of football is well known around the state, but our other teams are also very competitive from year to year. Under the guidance of our athletic director, Marc Schaffer, we feel we have assembled a group of coaches across our sports that your child will benefit from if you are relocating to Manheim.

The Arts: 

The Manheim Central High School has a strong music program, with ensembles in the choir, band, and orchestra available for interested students. We welcome you to attend a musical performance or listen to our marching band during a Friday night football game, to discover their talents for yourself.

School Culture: 

One thing that separates Manheim Central High School from others is the culture of success that is ingrained in the community and the school. The parents in our community do a good job of instilling the proper ideas in our students before they get to school: the value of hard work, the importance of school and learning, and pride in Manheim.  Many of our student's parents and grandparents attended Manheim Central High School, which creates a sense of pride and community that is not present in every school. Our students reflect this pride by coming to school ready to learn, ready to practice, and ready to succeed in the classroom and on the field of play.