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Michael DiVittorio
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Penn Hills fans cheer for their Indians at Camouflage Night Jan. 12, 2016, when the Penn Hills varsity basketball team defeated Woodland Hills, 67-59. The Army, sponsor of the game, challenged fans to attempt a half-court shot during halftime for a chance to win a $100 gift card.
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Quaker Valley's Parker Redcross competes in the AA boys 400-meter run during the WPIAL Track & Field Championships on Thursday, May 18, 2017, at Baldwin High School.
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Quaker Valley's Evan Frund, Connor Mangan, Beau Tomczak, Oliver Funk and Jake Giotto celebrate their fifth goal March 28, 2017, at Penn-Trafford.
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Quaker Valley's Danny Conlan competes against Grove City in a PIAA Class 4A second-round game March 16, 2017, at North Allegheny.
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Quaker Valley's Coletrane Washington pulls up for a jump shot against Harbor Creek in a PIAA first-round game March 11, 2017, at Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic.
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Quaker Valley's Ben Mastrorocco competes in the boys 100 backstroke during the AA WPIAL swimming championship Friday, March 3, 2017, at Trees Pool.
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Quaker Valley's Parker Redcross competes in the AA boys 400-meter run during the WPIAL Track & Field Championships on Thursday, May 18, 2017, at Baldwin High School.
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Louis Raggiunti | For the Tribune-Review
Quaker Valley's Evan Frund, Connor Mangan, Beau Tomczak, Oliver Funk and Jake Giotto celebrate their fifth goal March 28, 2017, at Penn-Trafford.
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Louis Raggiunti | For the Tribune-Review
Quaker Valley's Danny Conlan competes against Grove City in a PIAA Class 4A second-round game March 16, 2017, at North Allegheny.
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Louis Raggiunti | For the Tribune-Review
Quaker Valley's Coletrane Washington pulls up for a jump shot against Harbor Creek in a PIAA first-round game March 11, 2017, at Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic.
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Kristina Serafini | Tribune-Review
Quaker Valley's Ben Mastrorocco competes in the boys 100 backstroke during the AA WPIAL swimming championship Friday, March 3, 2017, at Trees Pool.
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Kristina Serafini | Tribune-Review
Quaker Valley's Maddy Andrews competes in the girls 500 freestyle during the AA WPIAL swimming championship Friday, March 3, 2017, at Trees Pool.
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Quaker Valley's Andres Hubsch competes in the boys 100 backstroke during the AA WPIAL swimming championship Friday, March 3, 2017, at Trees Pool.
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The Quaker Valley boys soccer team finished as PIAA runner-up on Nov. 19, 2016, in Hershey.
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South Fayette's Amanda Oliver competes in the AAA girls 200-meter dash preliminaries during the WPIAL Track & Field Championships on Thursday, May 18, 2017, at Baldwin High School.
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South Fayette's Sam Snodgrass competes in the AAA boys 1600-meter run during the WPIAL Track & Field Championships on Thursday, May 18, 2017, at Baldwin High School.
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Charters Valley's Bailey Donofrio tries to block a shot by South Fayette's Courtney Young during a game Monday, April 17, 2017, at Charters Valley.
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Kristina Serafini | Tribune-Review
South Fayette's Morgan Cook (14) eyes the ball as Charters Valley's Rachel Rohe tries to defend during a game Monday, April 17, 2017, at Charters Valley.
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Central Valley's Danny Santia is hit hard after a 7-yard gain by South Fayette's Geavonie Love on Friday, Aug. 26, 2016, at South Fayette Stadium.
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Sidney Davis | Tribune-Review
South Fayette's Dan trim bur takes a Saxton pass and picks up a first down against Central Valley during the WPIAL Week Zero matchup at South Fayette Stadium on Friday, Aug. 26, 2016. The Lions won the game, 28-17.
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The South Fayette High School student section get the energy ramped up for the WPIAL Week Zero football game against Central Valley High School on Friday, Aug. 26, 2016.

Penn Hills High School ranks among Pennsylvania’s top 50 schools for sports, according to a recent report from Niche.com.

The Pittsburgh-based organization placed Penn Hills at No. 36 out of 50. The district received an “A” for sports and an overall grade of “B.”

The top spot went to Lower Merion School District in Ardmore, Delaware County.

Other Pittsburgh-area schools that made the list include Pine-Richland, North Allegheny, Gateway, Fox Chapel and Hempfield Area.

Recently hired athletic director Stephanie Strauss, a 2007 Penn Hills graduate, said she is not surprised by the ranking.

“Penn Hills has a rich tradition of successful sports teams and our student-athletes continue to impress us each year,” Strauss said. “This is great recognition for the talented athletes and coaches we have at Penn Hills.”

Strauss replaced John Peterman, who was Penn Hills’ AD since 2007.

Superintendent Nancy Hines said student-athletes will continue to improve under Strauss’ watch.

The district sent 19 student-athletes to colleges and universities, including eight football players, five basketball players (4 boys and 1 girl), one softball player, three track participants, one cross country and track and two swimmers.

To compile the rankings, Niche used reviews from parents and students to determine the strengths of each school.

It compiles information to help families determine which neighborhoods and schools are best for them. For more information on how the rankings are established, visit the Niche website .

Michael DiVittorio is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach him at 412-871-2367, [email protected] or via Twitter @MikeJdiVittorio.

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