Oliver High School

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David B. Oliver High School
2323 Brighton Road
Pittsburgh, PA 15212

United States
Type Public
Established 1925
Closed 2012
School district Pittsburgh Public Schools
Principal Mr. Dennis Chakey
Grades 9–12
Enrollment 500 as of August. 2010[1]
Color(s) Orange and Seal Brown
Mascot Bear
Representative Floyd McCrea
Motto: Believe! Attend to Achieve! Read to Succeed!
David P. Oliver High School
Oliver High School is located in Pittsburgh
Oliver High School
Oliver High School is located in Pennsylvania
Oliver High School
Oliver High School is located in the US
Oliver High School
Location Brighton Rd. and Island Ave., Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Coordinates 40°27′50″N 80°1′33″W / 40.46389°N 80.02583°W / 40.46389; -80.02583Coordinates: 40°27′50″N 80°1′33″W / 40.46389°N 80.02583°W / 40.46389; -80.02583
Area 14 acres (5.7 ha)
Built 1924
Architect Steen, James T., & Son
Architectural style Art Deco
MPS Pittsburgh Public Schools TR
NRHP reference # 86002698[2]
Significant dates
Added to NRHP February 3, 1987
Designated CPHS November 30, 1999[3]
Designated PHLF 2001[4]

David B. Oliver High School, commonly known as Oliver High School, was a public school in the Northside area of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States. Oliver was one of ten high schools in the Pittsburgh Public Schools. The school was closed in 2012 but the building remained open as offices.


Established February 3, 1925 it is named in the honor of David B. Oliver, President of Pittsburgh Public Schools from 1911–1922. Oliver was largely responsible for the increase in the number and size of Pittsburgh Public Schools. The school sits on land that once was a landfill and is one of ten high schools in the Pittsburgh Public Schools area. The school colors are orange and seal brown, also in reference to Oliver's name (David Brown Oliver).

The school's newspaper has run an advice column "Dear Moppet" since the 1920s. The school's alma mater, written in 1925, originally had as many as seven verses which can be found in several copies of the "Omicron" (the school year book) from the 1970s. Today, however, only one verse is widely known and is sung each day during morning announcements. The school is home to the Zeta Rho Chapter of the National Honor Society. The school's original motto 'On, Sail On!' was changed to "Believe, Achieve, Succeed!"[when?]

The school serves primarily as a neighborhood school for the surrounding North Side area, and also attracts non-local students to its magnet programs, JROTC and Law and Public Service. Oliver offers all academic programs at the Gifted, Scholars, Advanced Placement and standard academic levels. Oliver offers eight Applied Technology and Career Development Programs for students interested in vocational training.

On November 23, 2011, the Pittsburgh Board of Education approved a facility reform plan that would close Oliver as an active city high school for the 2012-13 school year. The staff and students would be relocated to the Pittsburgh Perry High School, and the Oliver building would remain open as the new home of the district special education offices.


  1. ^ "Pittsburgh Oliver High School". PPS Web Site. Retrieved 2009-03-21. 
  2. ^ National Park Service (2009-03-13). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 
  3. ^ "Local Historic Designations". Pittsburgh: Pittsburgh History & Landmarks Foundation. Retrieved 2011-08-09. 
  4. ^ Historic Landmark Plaques 1968-2009 (PDF). Pittsburgh, PA: Pittsburgh History & Landmarks Foundation. 2010. Retrieved 2011-08-05. 

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