Barack Obama Academy of International Studies 6-12

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Pittsburgh Obama 6-12

United States
TypePublic International Baccalaureate
MottoNothing in life is so complicated, that it cannot be achieved by discipline and hard work.[3]
School districtPittsburgh Public Schools
PrincipalYolanda Colbert
Enrollment953 as of October 1, 2017[1]
LanguageGerman, French, Spanish, and Japanese
Color(s)Purple, black and silver
AthleticsBasketball, Soccer, Football, Baseball, Softball, Volleyball, Track and Field, Swimming, Cross Country, Tennis, Golf, Ultimate Frisbee, Wrestling[2]

The Barack Obama Academy of International Studies, also known as Pittsburgh Obama 6-12, is a public school in the East Liberty neighborhood of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The school is named in honor of Former President Barack Obama who served as 44th President of the United States.

Pittsburgh Obama is an International Baccalaureate school which was created when the Pittsburgh Public Schools combined Frick Middle School and Schenley High School.[4] As of the 2017-2018 school year, Pittsburgh Obama is located in the former Peabody High School building. Before that, it was housed in the former Reizenstein Middle School building for three years.[5]

The school is noted for its heavy involvement in the Pennsylvania YMCA Youth and Government program.


As of October 1, 2017:[6]

Group Number of students Percent
All 953 100%
White 181 19.00%
African American 681 71.46%
Asian 13 1.36%
Hispanic 14 1.47%
Multiracial 59 6.19%
American Indian 5 0.52%
Male 368 38.61%
Female 587 61.59%


  1. ^ "Discover PPS: Obama 6-12". Discover PPS. Pittsburgh Public Schools. Retrieved 7 April 2018.
  2. ^ "Pittsburgh Obama 6-12: Athletics". Pittsburgh Public Schools. Pittsburgh Public Schools. Retrieved 7 April 2018.
  3. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2012-09-10. Retrieved 2012-07-14.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  4. ^ "Transition to Peabody". Barack Obama Academy of International Studies is moving to a new location. Pittsburgh Public Schools. Retrieved December 30, 2012.[permanent dead link]
  5. ^ Chute, Eleanor (March 30, 2012). "2 bids for school buildings favored". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Retrieved July 14, 2012.
  6. ^ "Discover PPS: Obama 6-12". Discover PPS. Pittsburgh Public Schools. Retrieved 7 April 2018.

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