Taylor Allderdice High School

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Taylor Allderdice High School
Allderdice.jpg
"Know Something, Do Something, Be Something."[1]
Address
2409 Shady Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA, 15217, United States
Coordinates 40°25′46″N 79°55′10″W / 40.429514°N 79.919379°W / 40.429514; -79.919379
Information
Type Public high school
School district Pittsburgh Public Schools
Principal Melissa Friez[2] (since July 2009)
Enrollment 1,336 as of April 1, 2013[1]
Color(s) Green and White[1]          
Team name Dragons[1]
Website
Allderdice, Pittsburgh, High School
Taylor Allderdice High School is located in Pennsylvania
Taylor Allderdice High School
Location 2409 Shady Ave., Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Coordinates 40°25′46″N 79°55′11″W / 40.42944°N 79.91972°W / 40.42944; -79.91972Coordinates: 40°25′46″N 79°55′11″W / 40.42944°N 79.91972°W / 40.42944; -79.91972
Area 3 acres (1.2 ha)
Built 1927[1]
Architectural style Classical Revival
Governing body Local
MPS Pittsburgh Public Schools TR
NRHP Reference # 86002641[3]
Added to NRHP September 30, 1986

Taylor Allderdice High School, also referred to by the Pittsburgh Public Schools as “Pittsburgh Allderdice”,[4] is a public high school located in the Squirrel Hill neighborhood of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

The school opened in 1927 and was named for industrialist and Squirrel Hill resident Taylor Allderdice, who was a member of the city's first school board and president of the National Tube Company, which was a subsidiary of the U.S. Steel Corporation.[5]

Feeder district[edit]

Allderdice's feeder district includes all or parts of the East Hills, Hays, Hazelwood, Homewood, Greenfield, Lincoln Place, New Homestead, Park Place, Point Breeze, Regent Square, South Oakland, Squirrel Hill and Swisshelm Park neighborhoods. Students from other Pittsburgh neighborhoods and the borough of Mount Oliver may also attend Allderdice through the pre-engineering magnet program; the Chinese magnet program, as Allderdice is the only district school to offer Chinese; or under the provisions of the No Child Left Behind Act.

Recognition[edit]

  • 1994 - designated a National Blue Ribbon School by the U.S. Department of Education[6]
  • 1995 - designated a National Blue Ribbon School by the U.S. Department of Education[6]
  • 1996 - designated a National Blue Ribbon School by the U.S. Department of Education[6]
  • 2005 - ranked number 1,061 on the list of top performing U.S. high schools by Newsweek[7]
  • 2007 - ranked number 1,183 on the list of top performing U.S. high schools by Newsweek[8]
  • 2009 - ranked number 40 in Western Pennsylvania on the list of highest scoring juniors on the PSSA for a three-year period[9]
  • 2009 - awarded Silver Medal by U.S. News & World Report in their "Best High Schools" issue[10]
  • 2010 - ranked number 1,538 on the list of top performing U.S. high schools by Newsweek[11]

Enrollment[edit]

As of April 1, 2013[1]

Subset Number of students Percent
All 1,336 100.00%
African-American 527 39.45%
American Indian 0 0.00%
Asian 63 4.72%
Hispanic 28 2.10%
Multiracial 62 4.64%
White 656 49.10%
Male 709 53.07%
Female 627 46.93%

The Foreword[edit]

The Foreword, Allderdice's student newspaper, began in 1927 as a three-column-wide subscription newspaper.[12] It publishes an edition every five to six weeks during the school year. It is supported solely by advertising sales and is distributed at no cost to students, faculty, parents, and members the local community. The newspaper's namesake is a play on words of Forward Avenue, the street located on the building's south side.

Notable alumni[edit]

Name Graduating class Notability
Gene Forrell 1933 Composer and conductor[13]
Bernard Fisher 1936 Scientist
Marty Allen 1940 Stand-up comedian and actor
Herb Douglas 1940 Bronze medalist, 1948 Summer Olympics
Myron Cope 1947 Color commentator, Pittsburgh Steelers; Radio announcer, WTAE-AM; Sports commentator, WTAE-TV
Richard Caliguiri 1950 Mayor of Pittsburgh
James S. Langer 1951 Professor of Physics
Murray Chass 1956 Sportswriter;[14] Recipient, J. G. Taylor Spink Award
Stephen J. Lippard 1958 Professor, Massachusetts Institute of Technology; Recipient, National Medal of Science
Sara Alpern 1960 Associate Professor, Texas A&M University
Bob O'Connor 1962 Mayor of Pittsburgh[15]
Iris Rainer Dart 1962 Author and playwright
Harvey V. Fineberg 1963 President, Institute of Medicine; Provost, Harvard University
Larry Lucchino 1963 President and CEO, Boston Red Sox, Baltimore Orioles and San Diego Padres[16]
David P. Dobkin 1966 Dean of the Faculty and Phillip Y. Goldman '86 Professor of Computer Science at Princeton University
Howard Fineman 1966 Editorial Director, The Huffington Post Media Group
Richard Pacheco 1966 Pornographic film and video actor, writer and director
Edward B. Montgomery 1973 Economist, academic and politician
Sally Lapiduss 1974 Television producer and writer
Nathaniel Philbrick 1974 Author[17]
Evan Wolfson 1974 Civil rights attorney[18]
Gary Graff 1978 Music journalist[19]
Maxine Lapiduss 1978 Comedian; Television producer and writer
Rob Marshall 1978 Theatre director, film director and choreographer[20][21]
Gary Green 1980 Shortstop, Major League Baseball[22]
Kathleen Marshall 1980 Choreographer and theatre director[21]
Antoine Fuqua 1983 Movie director[20]
Steve Lieber 1985 Comic book illustrator[23]
Sharon Epperson 1986 Correspondent, CNBC
James Williams 1986 Offensive tackle, Chicago Bears
Jesse Michaels 1987 Singer, Operation Ivy and Common Rider
Billy Porter 1987 Broadway performer and pop vocalist
Curtis Martin 1991 Running back, New York Jets;[24] Inductee, Pro Football Hall of Fame
Councilman Tom Baker 1997 Allegheny County Council District 1
Pittsburgh Slim 1997 Rapper
Beedie 2006 Rapper
Wiz Khalifa 2006 Rapper[25]
Mac Miller 2010 Rapper[26]

In popular culture[edit]

In 2012, rapper Wiz Khalifa released Taylor Allderdice, a mixtape named for his alma mater.[27]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f "Allderdice: General Information". Pittsburgh Public Schools. April 3, 2013. 
  2. ^ "Allderdice: School Information/Administration". Pittsburgh Public Schools. Retrieved April 3, 2013. 
  3. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2010-07-09. 
  4. ^ Smydo, Joe (July 10, 2007). "Pittsburgh schools drop 'public' from name to boost image". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. 
  5. ^ Lee, Carmen J. (March 16, 1998). "The name on a school stays, but memory of the person fades". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. 
  6. ^ a b c "Blue Ribbon Schools Program: 1982-1983 through 1999-2002". U.S. Department of Education via Archive.org. Retrieved April 3, 2013. 
  7. ^ "The Complete List of the 1,000 Top U.S. Schools". Newsweek via archive.org. August 5, 2005. 
  8. ^ Eleanor, Chute (May 24, 2007). "7 high schools ranked among best in U.S.". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. 
  9. ^ "The Rankings: 11th Grade". Pittsburgh Business Times. May 5, 2010. 
  10. ^ "U.S. News and World Report Best High Schools – Silver Medal for Pittsburgh Allderdice, Bronze for Pittsburgh CAPA". Pittsburgh Public Schools. Retrieved April 3, 2013. 
  11. ^ "Nine Pittsburgh-area public high schools earn Newsweek honors". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. June 15, 2010. 
  12. ^ "The Foreword: About". The Foreword. Retrieved April 3, 2013. 
  13. ^ Monica L. Haynes (2005-09-28). "Obituary: Gene Forrell / Award-winning composer and conductor". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Retrieved 2006-11-25. 
  14. ^ Mervis, Scott (October 11, 2012). "Gary Graff: Rock 'n' roll observer". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. 
  15. ^ Lord, Rich (2006-09-02). "Obituary: Mayor Robert E. O'Connor / His enthusiasm for city was unbounded". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Retrieved 2006-11-27. 
  16. ^ Donoho, Ron (June 1999). "Lucchino!". San Diego Magazine. Archived from the original on 2002-09-10. Retrieved 2006-11-27. 
  17. ^ Authors, chef highlight Drue Heinz lecture series, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, 25 April 2007
  18. ^ Rotstein, Gary (2004-04-22). "Gay marriage advocate says Time's honor good for cause". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Retrieved 2006-11-27. 
  19. ^ Cf. http://www.rockcritics.com/interview/garygraff.html. Retrieved on December 12, 2006
  20. ^ a b Weiskind, Ron (2003-11-22). "Goldmann driven daffy by Looney Tunes film". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Retrieved 2006-11-25. 
  21. ^ a b Rawson, Christopher (1994-03-06). "Broadway follows in their footsteps". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Retrieved 2006-11-27. 
  22. ^ Assad, David (July 3, 1991). "Texas recalls Allderdice grad Gary Green". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. 
  23. ^ John Hayes (April 27, 2001). "Squirrel Hill native works the mainstream and the underground". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Retrieved 2012-08-16. 
  24. ^ Finder, Chuck (2005-01-14). "AFC Playoffs / The Jets: Curtis Martin a football star by accident". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Retrieved 2006-11-27. 
  25. ^ Roberts, Josie (2005-06-28). "The hip-hop pulse". Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. Retrieved 2006-12-05. 
  26. ^ Todd, Deborah M. (August 12, 2010). "Like Wiz Khalifa, rapper Mac Miller is another talent from Allderdice". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Retrieved July 18, 2012. 
  27. ^ Mervis, Scott (March 1, 2012). "Local Scene: Wiz Khalifa buzz builds for 'Taylor Allderdice'". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. 

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