As the bituminous coal and iron boom of the early 1800’s was ending in eastern Centre County and other industries were beginning to expand (lumber in the mid 1800s, Philipsburg Tannery from 1870-1903 and the brick industry starting in 1890) more people began to settle in the Philipsburg area to live, work and attend school. 

Although the town had school houses prior to 1818, Philipsburg began its first organized school 1865.  In 1890, Philipsburg fielded its first football team, along with Bellefonte, Snow Shoe and State College, and was one of the earliest schools to begin playing organized football in Central Pennsylvania. 

Osceola Mills, Philipsburg’s neighbor to the south, fielded its first football team in 1914.  Competition between Osceola Mills and other local schools, including a heated rivalry with Philipsburg, continued for 40 seasons.

In 1955, the two neighboring schools merged to form the Philipsburg-Osceola school district and have since competed together as one team.

Today, Philipsburg-Osceola is a member of the PIAA District 6 Class AA, and competes in the Nittany Division of the Mountain Athletic Football Conference.

Philipsburg-Osceola Mountie Football History

The Philipsburg-Osceola football program began in 1956 after the merger of Philipsburg and Osceola Mills High Schools.  The team finished 4-6-0 in its first season, posting victories over Bellefonte, Chief Logan, Morris Township and State College, while falling to Clearfield, Curwensville, DuBois, Hollidaysburg, Moshannon Valley and Tyrone.

The Mounties have had 21 winning seasons in P-O history, including one undefeated team in 1984 (11-0).  P-O teams have captured the 2004 Mountain Athletic Football Conference, the 1984 and 1989 Big Eight Conference, and the 1959, 1984, 1987, 1989 and 1995 Central Counties Conference and 1988 Western Conference Championships.  P-O was also a charter member of the Mountain Athletic Conference in 2004. 

Jon Condo, a Philipsburg-Osceola and University of Maryland graduate, is presently playing professional football for the Oakland Raiders.