Schenley High School
|Schenley High School|
Enter to Learn, Go Forth to Serve
|4101 Bigelow Blvd,
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15213
|Type||Public, Magnet school, International Baccalaureate|
|Established||October 2, 1916|
|Closed||August 2008 (building), June 12, 2011 (final graduating class)|
|School district||Pittsburgh Public Schools|
|Color(s)||Red, Black, and White|
|Website||Schenley High School|
Schenley High School
|Location||Bigelow Blvd. and Centre Ave., Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania|
|Governing body||Pittsburgh Public Schools|
|Part of||Schenley Farms Historic District (#83002213)|
|MPS||Pittsburgh Public Schools TR|
|NRHP Reference #||86002706|
|Added to NRHP||September 30, 1986|
|Designated CP||July 22, 1983|
Schenley High School, located in the North Oakland neighborhood at the edge of the Hill District in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, is a historic building opened in 1916 that was part of the Pittsburgh Public Schools. Schenley relocated its staff and students to the former Reizenstein Middle School building in 2008 and graduated its final class in 2011. A few months later, the school district placed the Schenley High School building up for sale. On February 28, 2013 the Pittsburgh School Board approved the sale of Schenley High School to the PMC Property Group of Philadelphia in a 5-4 vote.
The Schenley building is listed on the National Register of Historic Places (NRHP Reference #86002706). and the Pittsburgh History and Landmarks Foundation Register. It is also a contributing property in the Schenley Farms Historic District.
Schenley High School was named for Pittsburgh philanthropist Mary Schenley, on whose land the school was built. It was designed by Edward Stotz as a triangle and constructed of Indiana limestone, the best of its kind. Schenley was the first high school in the United States to cost more than one million dollars to build. When Schenley opened in 1916, there were 1800 students and 70 teachers. The school's highest enrollment was 3012 in March 1940. In 1983, the school was rededicated as the Schenley High School Teacher Center. In 1987, a new wing was added to the building.
Schenley sports teams won many city and state championships, including several state basketball titles in the 1970s.
The school published "The Triangle," a monthly student newspaper founded in 1919 and named for the building's original shape.
Relocation and Closure
In June 2008, due to severe maintenance problems, school district Superintendent Mark Roosevelt proposed to close Schenley High School to avoid an extremely high renovation bill. This led to public opposition by students and historical organizations that felt the building was worth saving. After months of debate the school board voted 5-4 to close the school following the 2007-2008 school year. The staff and students were moved to the Reizenstein Middle School building, which had been closed a few years earlier. Freshman, sophomores and juniors who were enrolled in Schenley at the time of its closure were allowed to graduate as Schenley students. Schenley's final class graduated on June 12, 2011.. Protests to save the original Schenley High building ultimately failed on February 27, 2013 when the Pittsburgh Public Schools board voted to 5-4 to sell the building to a developer who would convert the former school into luxury apartments.
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- George Benson - Jazz/R&B musician
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- Larry Brown - Washington Redskins player
- Ray Brown - Jazz musician
- Frank Curto - Chief horticulturist, Pittsburgh Dept. of Parks and Recreation
- Darnell Dinkins - NFL player
- Ken Durrett - NBA player
- Walt Harper - jazz musician
- Philip Hershkovitz - mammalogist
- D. J. Kennedy - NBA player
- Maurice Lucas - NBA player
- Bill Nunn - Actor
- Bob Prince - Pittsburgh Pirates play-by-play announcer
- Bruno Sammartino - Professional wrestler
- Clifford Shull - Nobel laureate
- Ted Stepien - Cleveland Cavaliers owner
- Benjamin Tatar – Actor
- Stanley Turrentine - Jazz musician
- Andy Warhol - Artist
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