Phone: 814-938-5151 ext. 1000
Welcome to the Punxsutawney Area High School! I am Mr. Jeff Long, the Principal at PAHS. This is a great school with great students. I will work very hard to meet the high expectations of all the students, teachers, and parents within our school community. My duties at PAHS include building and supervising the educational program, evaluating teachers, ensuring that the building and grounds are maintained, and keeping students and staff safe and secure. If you have any questions regarding these areas please call or e-mail me.
I am a native of Punxsutawney and graduated with the class of 1992. I attended Edinboro University of Pennsylvania, where I received a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology, Master’s Degree in Educational Psychology, and PA Certification in School Psychology. I also attended Indiana University of Pennsylvania, where I received my PA Principal Certification. I began my career as a school psychologist in the Punxsutawney Area School District before moving to work at Intermediate Unit 6 in Clarion as Assistant to the Director of Special Education. I then worked for 3 years as a principal in the Redbank Valley School District before returning to my alma mater in 2013. After serving as assistant principal for three years, I was named principal in 2016.
I am very excited for my third year as principal at PAHS. As a parent with one daughter newly graduated from PAHS and another enrolled in the Punxsutawney Area School District, I understand parental concerns about school safety, academics, extracurricular activities, discipline, and attendance issues first hand. My goal as principal is to bolster student maturity and integrity and increase academic skills by running an effective and straightforward program at the high school. With clear expectations set for students and open communication between school and home, student success will increase and any issues can be handled efficiently. There is no doubt that student issues of varying degrees will arise during each and every school year, but if we collaborate those issues will be resolved much more positively.
I encourage students and parents alike to contact the school office if you have any questions regarding our policies or procedures at the high school. Once again, I am very happy to be your principal and I look forward to working with all district families in our journey this year.