Schenley High School

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Schenley High School
Enter to Learn, Go Forth to Serve
4101 Bigelow Blvd,
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15213

United States
Coordinates 40°27′01″N 79°57′16″W / 40.45028°N 79.95444°W / 40.45028; -79.95444Coordinates: 40°27′01″N 79°57′16″W / 40.45028°N 79.95444°W / 40.45028; -79.95444
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
Mascot Spartan
Schenley High School
Location Bigelow Blvd. and Centre Ave., Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Architect Edward Stotz
Governing body Pittsburgh Public Schools
Part of Schenley Farms Historic District (#83002213)
MPS Pittsburgh Public Schools TR
NRHP Reference # 86002706[1]
Significant dates
Added to NRHP September 30, 1986
Designated CP July 22, 1983[1]
Designated PHLF 1992[2]

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.[citation needed] 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.[citation needed]

The Schenley building is listed on the National Register of Historic Places (NRHP Reference #86002706).[1] and the Pittsburgh History and Landmarks Foundation Register. It is also a contributing property in the Schenley Farms Historic District.[citation needed]


Schenley High School was named for Pittsburgh philanthropist Mary Schenley, on whose land the school was built.[citation needed] It was designed by Edward Stotz as a triangle and constructed of Indiana limestone, the best of its kind.[citation needed] Schenley was the first high school in the United States to cost more than one million dollars to build.[3] When Schenley opened in 1916, there were 1800 students and 70 teachers.[citation needed] The school's highest enrollment was 3012 in March 1940.[citation needed] In 1983, the school was rededicated as the Schenley High School Teacher Center.[citation needed] In 1987, a new wing was added to the building.[citation needed]

Schenley sports teams won many city and state championships, including several state basketball titles in the 1970s.[citation needed]

The school published "The Triangle," a monthly student newspaper founded in 1919 and named for the building's original shape.[citation needed]

Relocation and closure[edit]

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.[citation needed] This led to public opposition by students and historical organizations that felt the building was worth saving.[citation needed] After months of debate the school board voted 5-4 to close the school following the 2007-2008 school year.[citation needed] The staff and students were moved to the Reizenstein Middle School building, which had been closed a few years earlier.[citation needed] Freshman, sophomores and juniors who were enrolled in Schenley at the time of its closure were allowed to graduate as Schenley students.[citation needed] Schenley's final class graduated on June 12, 2011.[citation needed]. 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.[4]

Notable alumni[edit]


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  2. ^ Historic Landmark Plaques 1968-2009. Pittsburgh, PA: Pittsburgh History & Landmarks Foundation. 2010. Retrieved 2011-07-28. 
  3. ^ "Pennsylvania Historic Resource Survey Form: Schenley High School". May 1985. Retrieved 2010-06-08. 
  4. ^ Chute, Eleanor (2013-02-28). "Schenley High School building in Oakland sold to developer - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. 
  5. ^ a b c d e f g h i j Kalson, Sally (2005-11-10). "Much history will be lost with closing of Schenley". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Retrieved 2006-12-16. 
  6. ^ "Derrick Bell". The HistoryMakers Web Site. Retrieved 2006-12-16. 
  7. ^ Janis, Robert (2004-11-16). "Interview: Larry Brown". Sports Fan Magazine Web Site. Retrieved 2006-12-16. 
  8. ^ "Players :: Darnell Dinkins (Bio)". Cleveland Browns Web Site. Archived from the original on 2006-10-21. Retrieved 2006-12-19. 
  9. ^ Vancheri, Barbara (July 27, 1992). "Bill Nunn". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. p. 19. Retrieved 12 March 2010. [dead link]
  10. ^ "Pittsburghers of the Century". WQED Pittsburgh Web Site. Retrieved 2007-05-06. [dead link]
  11. ^ Sabatini, Patricia (2012-12-02). "Obituary: Benjamin Tatar / Actor was Jackie Gleason's aide, lived with Ava Gardner Jan. 23, 1930 - Nov. 29, 2012". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Retrieved 2012-12-24. 

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